Let’s make messy pasta art with kids! Pasta art is the perfect messy art project for preschool-age kids. Let them create art and experiment with dried and cooked pasta. This preschool art project is also a great sensory exercise for kids that works great in the classroom or at home.

finished pasta art paintings for kids shown on a craft paper background with pasta and paint - Kids activities Blog
Messy pasta art landscape paintings with kids.

Preschool Pasta Art Project

We are going to create landscape paintings and experiment with painting using both dried and cooked pasta. This is the perfect messy art project for preschool and kindergarten-aged kids.

A great thing about this pasta arts and craft project is to create this fun pasta art, you will need things that you likely already have at home.

Supplies needed to make pasta art

Supplies to make pasta art with kids including paper plates, paint, paper, and pasta.
Supplies needed to make pasta art including card stock, pasta, and paint.

Instructions for pasta art

Step 1

How To Make Pasta Art- Rigatoni and spaghetti dipped in paint to make a painting of grass, sky, and flowers.
Rigatoni and spaghetti dipped in paint to create a landscape painting.

Grab some pasta, dip it in paint and create art! You can experiment with cooked and uncooked pasta for this project. For large pieces of uncooked pasta such as lasagna sheets, you will need to use a paintbrush to put paint onto the pasta. We did this with the green grass. Uncooked pasta such as rigatoni can be dipped directly into the paint to make circles. Spaghetti can be dipped straight into the paint as well and swirled around the page. This makes for very messy, but very fun art.

Step 2

Step 1- Pasta Art- Spaghetti dipped in green paint and twirled around a plastic fork to make spaghetti art.
Spaghetti art using paint, spaghetti, and a plastic fork.

Try different ways to paint with the noodles, by dipping them in paint and mixing new colors. You can even use a plastic fork to twirl pieces of spaghetti to make spaghetti art too.

Step 3

Step 2- Pasta Art- Cooked and uncooked pasta used to make art with kids
Experiment with cooked and uncooked pasta to make art.

Paint colors on top of other colors too like we did with the sunshine on the photo above.

You can also try dragging pieces of spaghetti down a page after dipping it in the paint like we did with the jellyfish.

Step 3- Pasta Art- Water with jellyfish a sand and sun painted is spaghetti, rigatoni and lasagna.
Paint jellyfish using rigatoni and spaghetti.

Our finished pasta art creations

Finished Pasta Art- Messy art for preschoolers using pasta.
Messy art projects for kids using pasta.

Tips for messy art painting

When it comes to painting with preschoolers I cringe thinking about the blue handprints I will find later on my leg, the door, and the chairs. I wrinkle my nose at the smell. I even question the usefulness of it until I actually get to the painting part and then remember how much fun it really is.

With a little preparedness (drop cloth, paint smocks, special washing station aka bucket of warm soapy water manned by me), cleanup is a snap!

Our Favorite Pastas For Making Pasta Art

There are so many different pastas you can use to make beautiful pasta art! It’s a fun way to explore textures, shapes, and make art at the same time.

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Pasta Art for Preschoolers

pasta art for kids

Use cooked and uncooked pasta with paint to create art with preschool and kindergarten-aged kids.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Paint with a paint tray
  • Pasta - cooked and uncooked
  • Paper


  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic fork
  • Dropcloth


  1. Experiment using cooked and uncooked pasta to create art.
  2. Try mixing colors.
  3. Twirl spaghetti in a fork and dip it in paint.

More art fun for preschoolers from Kids Activities Blog

Kids Activities Blog loves to get messy with kids. If you are looking for other preschool art projects like this one, then look no further than some of our other projects.

Psst… Make rainbow pasta for some dinnertime fun!

Have you tried making messy art like this with kids? How did it turn out?

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