How to Dye Pasta for Sensory Play

If you are wondering how to dye pasta for sensory play, then this recipe is for you! |

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If you are wondering how to dye pasta for sensory play, then look no further! This simple recipe takes just minutes to make for hours of fun and is the perfect hands-on activity for kids of all ages. This sensory play pasta also happens to be gluten-free!


  • Several cups of gluten-free pasta
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Baggies or other airtight containers


  1. Pour about 1 1/2 cups pasta into a bowl. 
  2. Add about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons liquid watercolors to the pasta. Add more for deeper colors. 
  3. Stir the pasta and liquid watercolors together, scraping the bowl, until evenly combined. 
  4. Transfer the pasta to baking sheets overnight or leave outdoors for a few hours. Break up any clumps that form during the drying process.
  5. Then get ready to play the next day!
  6. Repeat steps 1-4 for each color made.


  • If you don’t have enough bowls to prepare the colors you want, then work with as many colors at a time as your can. Once you’re done with a color batch, rinse and dry the bowl and work on the next color. Liquid watercolors are easy to clean in between batches. 
  • This recipe uses gluten-free pasta, but any pasta should work.
  • Drying times will vary, based on the method used. Air-drying on a baking sheet may take overnight. Air-drying in an open baggie outside may only take a few hours. For this latter method, make sure to stir the pasta in the baggie so the pasta at the bottom also gets a chance to dry.