We don’t drink the stuff, but I did purchase little packets of Kool-Aid powder to make this vibrantly hued pasta. The dyed pasta is fun all on its own for sensory play, but for even more games featuring our creation, stay tuned for blog posts in the coming days!
Kids will love helping mix up the dye. First, pour about 1 cup of ziti into each of 5 zip-top plastic bags (or more, depending how many colors you want to make, but I find that one box of pasta divides nicely into 5 portions).
Next, Travis helped sprinkle a powder packet over the pasta in each bag. We used one each of red, orange, green, blue, and purple.
The next step (just for grown-ups!) is to add 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to each bag. Now seal and smoosh it all about with your hands to coat the pasta evenly.
Let the mixture sit for at least 20 minutes, before transferring to a pan to dry overnight. To contain any mess, make little packets of aluminum foil for each separate color.
When the pasta dries, it makes for great sensory play just to mess about with in a bin. Or you could use it for a sorting game by color! As mentioned, stay tuned for future posts with even more ideas.