Have you ever wondered how to dye pasta or how to dye rice to make sensory bins for kids? Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started and ideas for ways to use the colored pasta or colored rice.
How to Dye Pasta
- Rubbing Alcohol orDistilled Vinegar (1-2 Tablespoons)
- Food coloring (Approximately 1 teaspoon)
- Dried, Uncooked Pasta (3 cups)
- Newspaper or Parchment paper
First, pour the rubbing alcohol or vinegar into a gallon-sized zip top freezer bag.
Next, add the food coloring (10 or more drops) and swirl the bag gently to mix the food coloring with the alcohol.
Then, place the pasta into the bag and seal the bag closed.
Toss and shake the bag until the pasta is evenly coated in color. If additional food coloring is needed, add it and continue shaking the bag to coat.
When the pasta is completely coated, transfer the pasta to a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper or newspaper.
Spread the pasta into an even layer and allow to dry for several hours, stirring once.
You can also dye rice for sensory bins.
How to Dye Rice
- 1 lb. of rice
- 1/2 tsp. of food coloring,
- 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol
Check out these 100 Sensory Bin Ideas organized from A to Z for inspiration.
- muffin tins
- cupcake liners
Trust me, this will provide hours of fun and entertainment.
We have also practiced how to spell names with a Name Sensory Bin.