Colored noodles are a great thing to have on hand. You can make a variety of craft projects and play a variety of learning activities with them. Best of all the kids can help you make them, too.
1 package dry noodles
Sealable plastic bags or containers – preferably something you can throw away or don’t care it gets stained
Vinegar (1 tsp or less per bag/color)
Liquid food coloring (5 drops per bag/color)
Measuring cup (medicine size) or spoon
The first time I made these colored noodles, I made them with a 4 year old and 2 year old, so all ages can definitely make these! See the “Working With Young Children” section at the bottom of this post for tips to make it easier for young children.
Step 1: Before you invite the kiddos to help make sure you have everything ready to go because once you start, it moves fast!
Step 3: Add 5 drops of liquid food coloring of choice to each container. If you are extra brave, you can let the kiddos chose the colors of each noodle batch. Our first time making these we ended up with a lot of green variations because I let the kids choose.
Step 4: Then add your vinegar no more than 1 tsp vinegar to each container. Less is more since you do not want to get the noodles too wet. You can mix the vinegar around a bit or if you are brave go strait to step 5! 😉
Step 6: Open the bags or containers and let them air dry over night. If you want to dry it faster, you can lay it out on some paper towels but keep an eye on it so it does not stick to the paper towels. When using the bags most of my bags were dry by the next morning.
Step 7: As soon as they are dry you can craft away or store in a plastic bag until you are ready to use them.
Overall, it was a very easy project and we had no big messes, which is a major plus! Plus, the colors were a lot of fun to look at when finished!
Tips to Working with Young Children
I am a believer that these type of craft projects can be made by all ages and can even be a fun sensory activity. These are a few of the tricks I learned along the way.
- Have everything laid out and measured before you invite the kiddos over to help you. The little medicine cups (the kind that usually come with children’s liquid medicine) were perfect to pre measure the vinegar. The little cup is easier for the little ones to hold and pour than a spoon.
- Use snack size bags to mix everything up in. There was no worries with the younger ones if the lid was going to pop off and their version of mixing included tossing and dropping the bog. They could even squish the bag which is extra fun for sensory seekers.
- Use a variety of noodles. I let my children choose which noodles they wanted to put in their bags
* This post was originally posted in 2010. We just spruced it up with upgraded pics from Shannon and Bella Bean Photography!
And in honor of progress, this is a pic of my 2 young kiddos from the first time we shared this project. This post was one of our first posts on Fun On a Dime and I am so excited of how we have progressed over the years!
Brian and chelsea saysJanuary 27, 2010 at 11:46 am
This would be so fun for holidays!
AJ saysJanuary 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm
🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I am following you now! In regards to word verification, I think that could have been avoided by not allowing anonymous comments. Because if a person was actually doing that, having to type in a word wouldn't stop them. JS 🙂
Chelsea saysFebruary 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm
very fun 🙂