How To Colour Pasta – DIY Pasta Play

How To Colour Pasta

This article is a starting point for many future activities and will show you How To Colour Pasta. Coloured pasta can be used for many things including developing fine motor skills and learning about colours. This is a very simple method with no alcohol involved.

It’s advised to have some cleaning product on hand if you’re doing this in you kitchen so your benches do not become stained. As with most of my activities, I try to publish things you can create on a budget with things around the home.

What You Need?

  • Uncooked hollow pasta like Penne or Large Macaroni (you can also use rice)
  • Ziplock bags or sandwich bags (Alternatively Containers can be used)
  • White Vinegar
  • Food colouring (You can with some effort make rainbow pasta)
  • Baking paper or Paper Towel
  • Drying tray or large container


Step 1: Set out the amount of pasta or rice you will need in individual bags. For example, if you are using 4 Different colours you will need 4 Bags of Pasta.

Step 2: In each bag of pasta pour enough vinegar in to wet the contents without too much excess in the bottom of the bag. Close the bag and distribute the vinegar evenly.


Step 3: Open the bag and pour a few drops of food colouring in. Close the bag and distribute the colouring through the pasta.


Step 4: Line your drying tray with the paper towel or baking paper. Spread the pasta across it.

Step 5: Wait for your pasta to dry before removing it from the tray


Depending on how wet your pasta is will depend on drying time. I prefer to prepare this activity the day before. Once your pasta is dry you can put it in containers or play with it straight from the tray.

Tip: If you’re making rainbow pasta my advice would be to make up all of your food colourings before you get started.


What Can You Make With Coloured Pasta?

Now that I’ve shown you how to colour pasta you can try so many activities. Coloured pasta can be used as a sensory tool, development of motor skills, creativity, counting and identifying colours and shapes. this is a great project for Preschoolers & Prep age children.

Here is a list of some ways you can put your coloured pasta to use. Just a few examples of what these vibrant activities have to offer!

  • Jewellery Making
  • Pasta Play Table with Funnels and Other Toys
  • Pasta with Play Dough
  • Pretend Cooking With Pasta
  • Paper Plate Activity – Glue a Pasta Meal on your plate
  • Pretend People with Pasta Hair
  • Wet your Pasta and Do a Pasta Painting
  • Pasta Bendy People Using Pipe Cleaners as a Body
  • Get Some Old Containers and Make Pasta Shaker Musical Instruments
  • Play Pasta Hide & Seek hiding your small items in a bucket of coloured pasta

TIP: If you would like to neutralise some of the vinegar smell out of your dried pasta add a few drops of essential oil and distribute through 🙂

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