Colored Pasta for Sensory Play

This week on Caitie’s Classroom we learned all about butterflies! Caitie explored in a sensory bin full of colored pasta. Make these colorful pasta pieces at home to create your own sensory bin. Show us your creations on social media using the hashtag #CaitiesClassroom! We’d love to see what you’re creating.


  • Smooth textured pasta
  • Plastic zipper bags
  • White vinegar
  • Parchment paper
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cups
  • Disposable cup


  1. Measure about 2 cups of desired pasta, add to plastic zipper bag.  
  2. Add 1/8 of vinegar to a disposable cup, then add 20-30 drops of food coloring and stir.
  3. Add mixture to pasta in bag.  
  4. Mix well by shaking the bag until pasta is covered in color.
  5. Add additional food colouring to bag to increase color saturation if desired.
  6. Spread out on parchment paper to let dry.
  7. Break up and mix pasta 30 min into drying time to help it from sticking together.   
  8. Allow to dry overnight.   


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