Thursday, May 24, 2012


How To Make Colored Pasta

Colored pasta is fun for so many activities (like beading, sensory boxes, artwork, shadow boxes, and more), and it is very easy to make!  Here's an easy step by step:

1- Divide a pound of pasta into four gallon- sized zip lock baggies.

2- Let your child choose a color of food coloring and add 4-8 drops of into the bag.

3- Let your child squirt three pumps of hand sanitizer into the bag.  (Alternatively, you could use rubbing alcohol.)

4- Zip the bags up and let your child squish the ingredients together.

5- Spread the pasta out to let it dry.  We did the entire process outside to add a natural element to the experience.  Our wonderful Houston sun dried the pasta in about an hour and a half!

I'll share a couple activities we did with the pasta in the next week or so.  Until then, have fun coloring your pasta!!

I may share at any of these parties!


The Monko said...

that turned out well, looks really pretty. What a great idea using pasta tubes. As you say, beading would be great

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks! Beading IS a ton of fun with them--I need to post about that day!

Mackenzie said...

Great idea, this looks like it could be used for so many different activities. Thank you for sharing this on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week.

Cheerios and Lattes said...

Thanks again for posting this on Saturday Show and Tell. This activity would also fit into my summer activities list for Toddlers ( Check it out and feel free to post any other activities that would fit. I love your creativity.

Gabrielle said...

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Mackenzie! I'll definitely be back!

You bet, Gabrielle! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

Anonymous said...

I made the same activity but, with rice. It's fun!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this tutorial, I didn't know how easy it was to do!

Anonymous said...

Question: when storing them, should I worry about somene cooking them? Does the liquid element evaporate? Is it harmful?

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Anonymous, Yes, I've done it with rice works great!

I would guess that most of the alcohol would evaporate. Still, I would not cook with them. After they're colored, I store them with my school supplies...not the food. ;)