Sensory activities allow your children to explore textures and learn while having fun. This rainbow pasta sensory activity is a favorite in our house and it’s so easy to do! Read on to see how you can make your own rainbow pasta with just a few ingredients you already have in your cabinet!

This was such an easy DIY & Giovanni LOVED it! It was so fun to watch him explore the pasta in our sensory bin & it was actually a lot less messy than I thought it would be. I’ll jump right into how we made it :)

What I used:

  • Pasta noodles ( 2 boxes)
  • Food coloring
  • Ziptop bags

What I did:

Cook your pasta until it’s al dente. I used 2 boxes of pasta so we’d have plenty to fill our sensory bin. Rinse it thoroughly under cold water to cool it & rinse off the starch. This is pretty much considered a sin in Italian cooking, haha! But for our DIY you don’t want the pasta to be sticky :)


Divide your pasta into ziptop bags (don’t overfill) & add a generous amount of food coloring to each bag– I probably used 7 or so drops per bag. Shake up the bag until the color is evenly dispersed throughout.


I don’t have a picture of this next part, but you’re going to want to rinse your pasta again to get rid of any remaining food coloring that wasn’t absorbed. This will prevent stained hands! I did each color separately so the colors wouldn’t run. Dab it with a paper towel so it isn’t dripping with water & put it in whatever container you are using to let the kiddos explore it!


Initially I was going to use our sensory table, which you can see how I made here: “DIY Sensory Table,” but I decided to just use the plastic bin part on top of a towel. I figured a rainbow color towel was appropriate, haha.


I added some kitchen tools for him to play with– tongs, a spatula, a large spoon & a plastic bowl.



Pretty sure he liked this activity…




Even Macklin had to come check it out :)


We ran some errands after this & Gio was asking about the “pata” the whole time! We came home & played with it more, but it was a bit sticky since I just left it out in the bin. I debated on adding water to it but I wasn’t sure if the colors would run & stain his hands so I just left it. It might have stayed better longer if I put it in an airtight container, so we’ll try that next time. For us, it was just a one day activity– but fun nonetheless!

Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by :)