Making Dyed Pasta (Preschool Activity)

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December 4, 2014

bowl of colored pastaThis colored pasta will keep your little one occupied. You can use them for sorting, play food, threading onto a string, and sensory play.



  • ziplock bags
  • vinegar
  • food coloring
  • pasta


  1. For each color you would like to make add a teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of food coloring to a ziplock bag.
  2. adding vinegar to bag
    adding food coloring
  3. Then, add a cup of pasta.
  4. add pasta
  5. Seal the bag tightly and hand it over to your little one to shake and mix to coat the pasta with the color. Do this with each color.
  6. child mixing ingredients
    looking at colored pasta
    three bags of colored pasta on table in front of child
  7. Lay the pasta out in one layer, making sure not to let the colors touch. Lay out in the sun to dry. If it isn't sunny, I would place it in front of a fan for a few hours. Note: If it is really hot in your area, it would be wise not to let them sit in the sun for too long. These were out in the sun all day and I think they may have become brittle because of this.
  8. pasta drying

  9. Once completely dry let your little one have at it. I gave my son a stiff plastic string and he had a lot of fun making necklaces with the colored pasta.
  10. children playing
    playing and sorting
    stringing colored pasta
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March 31, 2016

Colorfully dyed pasta is a perfect non toxic toy for preschoolers. Learn how to make it with this short video.

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May 21, 2012

Can you colour pasta the same way as the uncooked rice with food colouring?

By Sam


May 28, 20120 found this helpful

I've dyed pasta by mixing a few drops of food coloring in 1/2 cup alcohol. Pour over the dry pasta and mix it up. Let dry on paper towels.


That's rubbing alcohol - not vodka.

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