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):
- Have you tried doing science experiments with your Halloween candy? Try these cool ideas from Candy experiments
- You can knock out a whole bunch of candy with this yummy looking Halloween Peanut Butter and Toffee Candy Bark from Bon Appetit
- Looking for something marginally healthy? Try these Frozen Reese’s Banana Pops! Real Simple features these and 9 other Recipe Ideas for Halloween Candy
What are you doing with leftover Halloween candy?