It’s the time of year when candy is plentiful. Like way too plentiful. Like so glad I lost all of that baby weight only to eat my weight in sugar. And, I probably will because my sweet tooth is strong! But, what about all of that candy from various school activities, holidays and parties? We had some fun with alternate activities with our delicious candy (don’t get me wrong, we ate our fair share, too) like sorting candy and painting with candy.
For the toddler in your house, set up some containers and let them sort the candy by color. We used old baby food jars which were perfect for putting a lid on and seeing the progress.
Not only is sorting good for recognizing colors and similarities, but using these small pieces is great for coordination, too! Our candy this time was Chewy lemon head and friends. They provided the perfect color rainbow.
Once sorted, we took it a step further. I used an electric kettle and heated the water to boiling. Then, poured it over the candy and let it sit to extract the colors. (Our craft expert daughter decided that we needed to fill the containers with water. I would recommend only putting the water to just above the candy line to have more rich colors).
We let them sit, and occasionally stirred over the course of about 15 minutes. This also allowed time for the water to cool off.
Then decided the water was colorful enough to get started.
This almost 6 year old was so excited to own this project. The only part I did was take pictures and pour the hot water.
She sat and painted and painted. First a house scene with family.
And then a solar system. I didn’t even know she knows all of the planets in order and their color!
This was such a fun craft for her to own. And, the best part about using the baby food jars is that we put lids on the “paint” and she pulled it out the next day when her friend came over to play. The pulled them outside and filled up a coloring book with their artwork.
This would work with many other varieties of candy, so don’t limit it to lemon heads because I’m sure you will have a ton of candy laying around very soon! Just depends on the holiday!