Halloween Candy Art

In case it’s not obvious, this is a “humpbacked whale stingray” with spikes to protect it from predators, or so says my 4 year-old son. He’s turning his Halloween candy into art, and this is what he came up with using lollipops and molding clay.

When I first proposed he try using some of his candy for art projects, he wasn’t too keen.

“Candy is only for eating, Mom”, he emphasized.  And we’ve done plenty of that!  But I figured there was no way we’re going to eat through all his loot, and with a little encouragement, he soon realized that playing with candy not only makes colorful projects, but it’s a very interesting medium to him. When else has he been given permission to unwrap and handle so many lollipops at once? He was hooked.

Next, I was curious to see what he would make of Pixie Stix, since he got a jumbo-sized one longer than his arm that he’s been obsessing over opening all day (that’s it – not a light saber – in the picture on the left below).  I figure that much sugar could fell an elephant.
Once my son realized the tube was filled with colored sugar crystals (I let him taste a small heap), he proposed he use it to make the nectar of flowers.  I gave him finger paints and he poured out a pile of Pixie Stix dust.  He made “hand flowers” and sprinkled the “nectar” into piles on his painting, loading it up on the “grass”, saying it was falling out of the flowers. To my pleasant surprise, candy art was a huge success with my son.  The possibilities are open ended, and it was such a novel way of approaching art that it really got his creative mind in gear.  I was worried he’d be too distracted by trying to eat the candy to get into the process, but with a few bites here and there, he was satisfied to focus on his creations, with a few licks for good measure.

If you’re confronted with tons of candy that you’d like to get out of your house (and if, like me, you’re worried about eating it all before your kids do!), here are other ideas of ways to creatively use it (or eat it):

What are you doing with leftover Halloween candy?

3 Replies to “Halloween Candy Art”

  1. Whoa–that candy experiment site is–well, a little unsettling in some cases, but very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

    Once we separated out the gluten-containing candy for everyone but the oldest, and the sticky candy for the oldest (he still has metal in his mouth), and the loaded-up-on-corn products candy for the youngest, there is a big bag of rejected candy and the remainder is not so overwhelming. Still, they get a piece or so a day for Halloween week and then it will sort of disappear, probably to my husband’s workplace, where the adults can monitor their own stomach aches. 😉

  2. When I do candy experiments with kids, they usually have so much fun with the experiments they stop thinking about eating it. Even if they sneak a bite every now and then, most of the candy gets smelled, smashed, melted, dissolved, and poured down the drain. So I’m not surprised your 4-year-old got really excited about the art. If you still have extra candy, see if he likes dropping it in bowls of water to make fun colors or to see what sinks and floats.

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