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April 26, 2015

Dyed Pasta Eruptions

We've been overdue for a new batch bin of dyed pasta, and this time I thought it would be fun to make eruptions while dyeing our pasta.

How to dye pasta using erupting dye - Kids will love this new recipe for play!

Sensory Play with Pasta

Typically when we dye pasta for art and sensory play we use this simple vinegar and alcohol free recipe.  Pasta is one of our favorite sensory materials for many reasons, one of them being because it lasts forever.  It's so easy to dye a few boxes then store for months and months of sensory play.  I buy our dried pasta at Dollar Tree when I it's for play, so this ends up being a frugal sensory bin filler.  This time instead of using my standard method to dye the pasta, I thought it would be cool to dye the pasta using erupting dye.  My boys are more than a little obsessed with creating eruptions, so I knew they would be all over this.

A new way to dye pasta for sensory play

How to Dye Pasta with Erupting Dye

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Directions:  I put roughly 1/4 cup of baking soda in the bottom of six containers.  I covered the baking soda with dry pasta.  I filled squeeze bottles with about 1/4 cup of vinegar and plenty of liquid watercolor paint.  A little paint goes a long way, but the more you use the more vibrant your pasta will be.  Food coloring could also be used.  I set up the bowls of pasta and squeeze bottles full of colorful vinegar and invited my boys to join me.

They had no idea the bottles contained vinegar, and they didn't notice the baking soda.  They were in for an awesome surprise.

At first they squeezed the bottle gingerly, and while the color was nice there wasn't enough to cause a reaction.  I encouraged them to squeeze hard, and that's when the fun began.

Pasta dyeing eruptions - Surprise your kids with some hidden baking soda and vinegar!

They giggled with delight and moved on to the other colors.  Please note that in order to get a good reaction I recommend not using too much pasta in each bowl.  The baking soda and vinegar will still fizz when combined, but it won't rise above the pasta if there is too much.  After all of the bubbles calmed down I shook the bowls well to be sure all the pasta was colored.  Then I spread out the pasta on wax paper to dry overnight.  You can also put dyed pasta in an oven on warm if you want to speed up the process.  On a hot day you can leave it outside to dry.  If all the baking soda doesn't dissolve your pasta will have small patches of white on it when dry.

Gorgeous dyed pasta for sensory play - check out the surprise method used to achieve these colors!

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Erupting dyed pasta, say what?!  This is too cool!

More fun sensory materials to dye:

Gorgeous rainbow eruptions for kids - Easy, inexpensive, and so much fun!  How to make edible milk paint to make rainbow toast  How to make rainbow slime for sensory play - Isn't it gorgeous?


  1. so the pasta is cooked and then dried before the activity?


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