Crafts for Kids

How to Color Dye Pasta for Crafts

Whether you are making a classic pasta necklace craft or creating your own work of art using pretty, colorful pasta as a starting point – let me show you how to dye pasta. After I show you how to color pasta you can whip up a some beautiful pasta to make first grade, kindergarten, toddler, and pasta necklace activity! Making a Preschool necklace craft is just one of those kids activities every child should do. Not only is it fun, but it is great for strengthening hand muscles too!
Whether you are making a classic pasta necklace craft or creating your own work of art using pretty, colorful pasta as a starting point - let me show you how to dye pasta. After I show you how to color pasta you can whip up a some beautiful pasta to make first grade, kindergarten, toddler, and pasta necklace activity! Making a Preschool necklace craft is just one of those kids activities every child should do. Not only is it fun, but it is great for strengthening hand muscles too!

How to dye pasta

Has your child made a macaroni necklace? This is a classic craft every child makes at some point in their life. It is so simple, fun, and quick too. Do you know how to color pasta? It is really easy and inexpensive, let me show you how to dye pasta to make a whole myriad of preschool crafts with pasta. So whether you are looking for how to make coloured pasta for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, or grade 1 crafts – the process is the same!

How to dye pasta

How to color pasta

Coloring pasta is super easy to do when you know how. Then you can use your colorful pasta for tons of crafts from pasta necklaces to pasta artwork, and more. All you need are a few simple materials:

  • rubbing alcohol
  • food coloring
  • ziplock plastic bags that close tightly
  • paper towels
  • yarn (optional for making necklaces)

How to dye noodles

You will want cheap pasta as the quality of the ingredients isn’t as important – you aren’t eating it!!  If you are making a necklace, the bigger the noodle the easier it is to string – rigatoni is a good choice.   For making other projects, use whatever noodle your kids think look fun! You can dye pasta once and use it for lots of fun projects!

How to color pasta

How to make coloured pasta

For each batch you will mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and several drops of food coloring in a bag. Add pasta, seal, and place on cookie sheet (just in case the bag leaks!) You will need to let the pasta soak up the color – it is going to take about 24 hours with you turning it over several times during that process.

Remember this should be done with careful adult supervision and all safety labels read and followed carefully to avoid any stains or injuries.

How to dye noodles

How to dye pasta for crafts

Drain the pasta and place on several paper towels to finish drying. Give it an hour to make sure they are fully dry and you are ready to dye. Aren’t the colors stunning! The deep colors are from letting the color fully absorb in the pasta! Make sure to mix food coloring to get some varied and beautiful colors.

Colored Pasta for Crafts

Another option to make colored pasta for crafts is to put acryllic paint in a ziplock bag. Add pasta and seal bag. Mix around until the pasta is well covered. Put pasta on wax paper until dry.

How to make coloured pasta
Macaroni necklace

Using yarn have your kids string the past. Tie the string or yard together. If you are making bracelets I suggest using putting them on a pipe cleaner because it can be adjusted better for size. If not the bracelets fall off, land on the floor, and the past gets cracked or chipped =-(

How to dye pasta for craftsPasta Necklace Activity

This simple, fun and beautiful pasta necklace is a classic craft for kids for good reason! Not only is it fun and entertaining to make. It is great practice for kids pincer abilities they will need for future writing. Plus the options of colors, patterns, and combinations are endless – allowing kids to explore their creativity!

Pasta Necklace Activity

They will love wearing their pretty necklace craft or giving it as a gift to Grandma, Mom or preschool friends.

Looking for a clever, unique animal craft for kids? These animal crafts are made with dyed pasta and our free animal printables for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders to work on fine motor skills while having fun. Children will enjoy creating these zoo animal crafts featuring a lion, hedgehog, snake, fish, and more! Simply download pdf file with template and get making some amazing pasta crafts!Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. Looking for fun pasta crafts to make with leftover dyed pasta? This super pretty mosaic pasta project allows kids to create beautiful pasta pictures by pressing different colored noodles into clay.  This pasta art is such a fun, engaging craft for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. Spring is here and that means that the butterflies have returned to delight both young and old with their graceful flight and beautiful wings. Celebrate these beautiful animlas with a fun butterfly craft for kids. This simple butterfly art project uses bowtie pasta to make the butterflies. This pasta craft for preschoolers, toddlers, and kindergartners is sure to be a hit! 

Pasta Crafts

Looking for more fun pasta projects you can make with your colored pasta? Try these

This pretty butterfly craft is as fun to make as it is beautiful! This shaving cream craft is surprisingly SIMPLE to make, but with incredibly complex colors in the marbling of painting with shaving cream. Toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and up will want to make this butterfly craft for kids! So add this shaving cream art project to your bucket list of summer crafts for kids! Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. We made a Lego Water Cycle to help kids visualize what we learned. We’ve made other water cycle crafts and my kids all loved them, but turning it into a lego activity for kids may have taken the cake! You've got to try this water cycle model that is fun AND educational too! This is a fun water cycle project for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too. These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! These adorable shape buddies are a fun way to help early learners work on shape recognition while having fun! This shape craft for preschoolers allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age kids work on shape matching. They will also work on color recognition at the same time as they complete this shape craft activity. So grab some constrution paper, googly eyes, scissors, and you are ready to try this preschool shape activities and crafts! EASY Stained Glass Craft for Kids - this fun art project is great for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary age age and families to make to bright their front door or a window up with a spring craft for kids. You will love this art project

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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