Incredibly fun, vibrant and actually REALLY quick and easy! The ways to use colourful pasta pieces are absolutely endless – in sensory bins, necklaces, mobiles, wall art and a pasta-load of other different ways. It depends on the type of pasta you choose to use – we’ll be exploring all sorts of different types of pastas and sharing these ideas with you as we go.
Pasta is the perfect crafting tool. It’s inexpensive, can be dyed hard or soft, it’s taste-friendly (taste-safe) and it allows kids to formulate the imaginative creative space in their minds that art can be made from a wide variety of sources… foods included!
The basics are:
- rubbing alcohol (also known as surgical spirits)
- dry pasta
- food colouring
- large or extra large Ziploc bags (both for dying and then a clean, dry set for storage)
1- As a guide, 500g of dry pasta will make 6 handfuls, each of a different colour (as pictured, including: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
2- Place a handful of dry pasta into each of the Ziploc bags
3- Pour some rubbing alcohol/ surgical spirits into each bag and make sure that the pasta is generously coated in the fluid, sealing as you go
4- Open up each bag and add a teaspoon of the appropriate colour food colouring (red+yellow=orange; yellow+blue=green; blue+red+purple)- which is needed for a very vibrant colour. If you don’t want such a strong colour, simply use less food colouring
5- Securely seal each of the bags and move the bag around to gently mix the pasta shapes with the liquids to make sure there’s an even colouring… great to get the kids involved with this! *NOTE: Be careful to avoid spillage as the food colouring may stain. Perhaps best done with an apron on and over a thick piece of newspaper!
6- Leave these to soak on the side for about 45 minutes, before using a metal sieve or colander (plastic may stain) over a sink to drain off the fluids
7- Gently turn onto a large baking paper lined tray and place outside in the sun (or somewhere warm and safe) for them to dry
8- When these are dry to the touch (after an hour or two), these can be put into Ziplock bags for easy storage- with no known expiry date!