To dye noodles, we used:
- Rubbing Alcohol (or White Vinegar - I recommend the vinegar, but we had some rubbing alcohol in the first aid kit that I wanted to use up. Dying with vinegar allows you to still use the noodles for cooking and is safer with small children who will inevitably have to put a dyed noodle in their mouth. Since we're only using our noodles for crafts, this gave me a chance to use up our rubbing alcohol.)
- Noodles - you can use any kind. We used elbow macaroni for crafts, but I'd also recommend doing some Rigatoni for stringing necklaces. Bow tie pasta and rotini are also fun for collages.
- Food Coloring - You can buy this in the 4-pack and combine the colors to make any color that you like
- Ziplock Bags
2. Then, we counted out approximately 7 drops of food coloring. You can use more or less depending on the shade that you want.
3. Next, we added a little less than a cup of noodles to each bag.
4. Seal tightly and then let the kids shake the bags. You can give each child a different color bag or pass the bags around so that every child gets a chance with each color.
The next day, we pulled out our noodles to make these fun rainbows. I also plan to let the kids create Easter Egg collages with their noodles.
What other fun projects have you done with colored noodles?