23 April 2009

Preschool Activity: Pasta Sorting

One of Amaryllis's favorite activities from the preschool basket is the pasta sorting. I took several different types of pasta and dyed them. (Scroll down for the recipe.) I included part of an egg carton to help with the sorting.The pasta can be sorted by colors... or shapes...
or use them for other creative art projects and play.

Recipe for dyed pasta or rice
You will need:
  • Pasta
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Food coloring
  • Zip top bags
  • Waxed paper


  • Put the pasta into a zip top bag.
  • Add a tablespoon or so of rubbing alcohol.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring
  • Zip the bag and squish until the colors are blended.
  • Add more food coloring if desired for darker color.
  • Immediately spread pasta onto waxed paper and let dry completely.
  • Store in a plastic bag.

Note: Dyed past is NOT edible!

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  1. What a wonderful idea! My little guy will love this. :o)


  2. We have some that we've made collages with. My daughter loves to glue them and make things.

    We also have used dyed pasta for math counters when learning the math facts or graphing.

    Separating them by types is a great idea, I'm not sure if we've done that before.

  3. Your blog is *so cute* I had to do a post about it. :]

  4. I do this with beans, but your pasta is so much prettier! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!