The mess-free way to dye dried pasta
- Place one cup of dried pasta in a container that has a tight-fitting lid, or in a ziplock bag.
- Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and enough food colouring to get the desired strength of colour.
- Either shake the container or squish the pasta around in the ziplock bag until the pasta is evenly coloured.
- 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
- Penne and macaroni can be threaded onto string or elastic to make necklaces and bracelets.
- Create a work of art – coloured bow-tie pasta would make great butterflies!
- Thread penne onto a straw to help develop fine motor skills.
- Make a rainbow while learning the different colours.
- Decorate a picture frame.
- Coloured pasta wheels glued to a headband can make a great tiara.
- 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.