Friday, November 21, 2014

Candy Mosaic Art with Kids

Do you still have leftover Halloween candy?  Eeek. We do.  This week's Creative Preschooler theme is food!  With Chuck's current aversion to painting, I thought it would be fun to use our excess candy and make art with it!  So we made ourselves some lovely, colorful candy mosaic art!

Make Candy Mosaic Art with Kids!

kid Art- Make candy Mosaic craft

It's always special to make art with non-traditional materials.  Some of my favorite food-art projects include our colored salt arttortilla art,  gumdrop flowerscornstarch sidewalk paint, and homemade watercolor paints!

This activity would be a really fun  one to do on giant cookies, but since we didn't have any on hand  cardboard and aluminum foil did just fine.

wrap cardboard in aluminum foil to make candy mosaic kids art

I cut out some shapes from cereal boxes and then covered them in aluminum foil in case we wanted to eat our candy off later.

Chuck helped me to dye store-bought icing with food coloring.  Then, I stuck his car onto a paper plate and gave him several types of candy to use.  I told him that we were going to make mosaics and cover our shapes up with lots of lovely colorful candy.

setup for candy mosaic kids art activity

I also gave Chuck a pair of scissors... because he loves cutting things.

cutting candy with scissors to create candy kids art

After putting a couple of candy pieces onto his car, he announced that he was done.  I really wanted to keep the activity going on for a bit longer, so I encouraged him to work on his art with the following incentives:

  • I promised him that he could have 2 pieces of candy when we covered our entire piece of artwork
  • I also promised him that he could pour sprinkles over his artwork once he finished
  • I also told him that we would have a competition to see who could put more pieces of candy onto their artwork

As you can see, the incentives worked!  He happily covered his artwork and then sprinkled a TON of lovely sprinkles over his car and my heart.

pouring on candy to create candy kids art

Here's our final colorful artwork!

easy and fun candy kids art- great for leftover Halloween Candy or Christmas fun too!

Create candy mosaic art with kids

Chuck was so proud of his artwork that he wanted to show his father when he came home.

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Happy making, friends!