How to Dye Pasta Plus Tons of Fun Activities Children's Activities / DIY

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Making colourful dyed pasta is a fun and easy activity to do with young kids and there are countless ways to use them. Read on for instructions on how to do this yourself as well as a list of great crafts. Enjoy!

How to Dye Pasta and tons of activities to do with it!

Skill Level:

Perfect for toddlers! Although can get messy


45 mins to 1 hour


Nothing really, just use what you have around the house


  • Dry Pasta Noodles (pick some fun shapes! Best place I found was a Bulk Barn, a bulk food store. I found bug shapes!)
  • Food Colouring
  • Vinegar
  • Ziplock Bags or better yet, Washable Containers
  • Baking sheets or space to dry the pasta on wax paper

Instructions to Dye the Pasta:

How to Dye Pasta and tons of activities to do with it!

How to Dye Pasta and tons of activities to do with it!

  1. Sort the pasta into bags. Either sort them by shape and colour or sort them simply by the colour you wish to dye them. I let the kids fill their own ziplock bags with about a cup of pasta and then pick their own colours.
  2. Into each bag, add 2 Tbsp of vinegar, close the bag, then have the kids shake them to evenly distribute the vinegar.
  3. Now its time for the colour! The kids each chose their colours and then squeezed them into the bags. Approximately 1/2 tsp of colour. It doesn’t have to be specific. If you need to, just add more colour.
  4. Close up the bags and then get your kids to shake them again to distribute the colour. Make sure you close them well and also make sure your kids are gentle with the bags. My daughter was a little too vigorous and the red dye got everywhere, including my white curtains… non-breakable containers may have been a better idea!
  5. Once they are well coated, lay them on a baking sheet. They can take up to 24 hours to dry but if you are impatient like my kids and me you can lay them in front of the fireplace, out in the sun or use a blow dryer. We put them in front of the fireplace and it took about 1.5 hours to dry.
  6. They are done! Now for some crafting!

Dyed Pasta Activity Ideas:

The opportunities are endless to have fun with dyed macaroni! You can search Pinterest or click the link below for some more great ideas!

According to Amanda… the verdict is:

This was a fun and easy project the kids could help with. It was hard to explain to them they had to wait while it dried but if you do it before lunch by the time you eat, clean up and nap time is over the noodles will be ready to go. And don’t forget to be careful when you are dying the noodles. Shake them in a well sealed container or bag away from white curtains!

How to Dye Pasta and tons of activities to do with it!

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Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda ( and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (

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