Small child making a picture with coloured pasta

Craft activities with dried pasta

A bag of dried pasta is a great pantry staple – and it can also be used as a fun activity for your kids. It is easy to dye all sorts of dried pasta in different colours and then leave the rest to their imagination. Dyeing the pasta is an activity in itself, and your young ones can choose their favourite colours.

June 11, 2020

The mess-free way to dye dried pasta

  1. Place one cup of dried pasta in a container that has a tight-fitting lid, or in a ziplock bag.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and enough food colouring to get the desired strength of colour.
  3. Either shake the container or squish the pasta around in the ziplock bag until the pasta is evenly coloured.
  4. Spread it out on a plate or greaseproof paper and leave to dry.

Once it’s dry, use it for a variety of activities and crafts. You can use different sizes and types of pasta such as spirals, bowties, shells, penne, macaroni and wheels.

7 crafty ways to use coloured pasta

  1. Penne and macaroni can be threaded onto string or elastic to make necklaces and bracelets.
  2. Create a work of art – coloured bow-tie pasta would make great butterflies!
  3. Thread penne onto a straw to help develop fine motor skills.
  4. Make a rainbow while learning the different colours.
  5. Decorate a picture frame.
  6. Coloured pasta wheels glued to a headband can make a great tiara.
  7. Put different types of pasta into a box or a bowl for sensory play. It’s great fun investigating the different textures, colours and shapes.

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