I am absolutely in love with this week’s feature: pasta. I love to eat it and I love using it in activities for my boys! Also, it’s super versatile- It can be a preschool math manipulative, or a toddler sensory bin filler (and lots more in between!).
First, a word on how to make plain pasta more colorful! Dying it is simple and adds a bit more interest to the play.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Your choice of dry pasta
- Ziplock bags
- Food coloring
- Wax paper
Portion the dry pasta into your desired number of Ziplock bags (you’ll want a bag for each color pasta you plan on making).
Add a few teaspoons of alcohol to each bag. Just enough to wet the pasta-you don’t need them soaking with alcohol.
Add in desired amount of food coloring to each bag. Mix it all up until you get even coverage on the pasta.
Lay the pasta flat to dry. I would recommend laying it on wax paper, but others have used newspaper as well.
Now the 5 ways to play with it: