How To Dye Pasta with Paint for Sensory Play
Once the pasta dried, I began to set up the activity. First I placed each color on an angle in the pattern of a rainbow. I set out empty Dollar Tree bubble containers as well that acted as Learning Resources test tubes, and included some recycled scoopers and containers. My little Joy likes to wake in the morning and play with her sensory table right away. She got a sneak peek at set-up the night before, so as soon as she woke up bright and early, she dove right into play—I sat back and enjoyed some coffee while I watched her explore and make discoveries! She filled each Learning Resource tube with pasta, turned them upside down to balance them and then placed each bubble container in the missing test tube slot. She noticed the colors of the pasta changing depending on the color of the bubble container. She then invited her stuffed animals to join in play, as she made them breakfast!
- Begin by placing 1 ½ -2 cups of dried pasta in a plastic bag.
- Add two squirts of hand sanitizer and a dash of paint. Add a little at a time, you can always add more color to make it darker. If you notice the paint is not fully covering the pasta, add another squirt of hand sanitizer to dilute the paint. Caution: do not add too much hand sanitizer because it can make the pasta soft.
- Mix it around and let it sit for 10 minutes in the bag.
- Spread out paper towels or parchment paper on a tray and place the pasta on the tray.
- Spread the pasta out so it has space to dry. Do not pile them too thick or else they will stick to each other and not dry properly.
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