Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

15 Creative Ways to Use Halloween Candy

Candy in bags, candy in closets, candy in drawers and candy in the freezer. Halloween is candy season! Here are some fun ways to use up some of that sweet stash. Maybe this year, it will all be gone by Thanksgiving!

 

 1) Create art of course! Candy mosaics are fun to create out of M&M’s, Skittles or any colorful candy. For edible art, we like to use graham crackers for the base and vanilla frosting as our mortar. For art with a longer life span, use cardboard for your base and glue to affix the candy.

Back Camera willy wonka candy mosaic

 2) Here’s another artsy idea . . . create a 3-D scene with candy. The theme possibilities are endless- a favorite holiday, a favorite place, etc. For this project you will need some cardboard for a base and frosting for the mortar. Additional fun materials include; craft sticks, toilet paper rolls, colorful tissue paper, pipe cleaners and paint.

candy craft 1 Back Camera

3) Yes, another art project . . . M&M Paint! Use your extra M&M’s to make paint. Start by sorting the M&M’s by color. Place the M&M’s in cups (clear plastic cups work great for this). Put one color per cup or mix colors and experiment with color theory. Add enough water to each cup to just cover the M&M’s. Stir the M&M water mixture with a paintbrush until the water turns color. Then, paint away!

4) Make a candy bouquet. This is a fun gift idea. Plus, your kids will have a blast making it!  Here is a great tutorial on how to make one- www.iheartnaptime.net/candy-bouquet-tutorial/

5) Make a candy message board. These are cute and make great gifts. Some cleaver phrases include- “You are Special”, “You are Mounds of fun”, “SKOR the big goal”, etc. There are tons of cute ones on Pinterest. Go there for inspiration!

6) Sell the candy to your dentist. Many dentists around town will offer money for your Halloween candy. Go to www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find a dentist near you.

7) Send it to the troops. Donate your candy to Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude.

8) Freeze it.  A couple of pieces of candy packed in a lunch in December is a great treat!

9) Bake with it. Cakes and cookies are extra special when you add the sweet surprise of candy!

10) Add it to ice cream. Candy on top of an ice cream sundae or blended into a malt or shake is delicious!

11) Cocoa with mint sound good?  Add Junior Mints or Peppermint Patties to your hot chocolate for a flavor boost.

12) Science experiments with candy? You bet!  Here’s a web site will all kinds of fun ideas. www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html

13) Throw a candy themed party.  Decorate with it, play games with it, give it away as prizes, you get the idea!

14) Melt Jolly Ranchers into suckers. It just takes 5 minutes in a 200 degree oven. Other hard candies can also be melted. And suckers aren’t the only thing you can make.  Window cookies and Christmas ornaments are a few more options.

15) Make a candy pizza. Here’s a recipe to try…Mix 1 pouch of peanut butter cookie mix with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and an egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings such as candy corn, candy bar pieces and nuts. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1 cup miniature marshmallows on top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and cookie is set at edge. Cool completely in pan. Drizzle 1/3 cup of melted chocolate chips over the top.

 

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No School Day Art Fun!

No School Day Art Fun!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days!

Keep your kids busy with these fun art projects from the Kidcreate Blog!

 

Artist Inspired Projects . . . 

Garbage Portraits

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Pumpkin Seed Art

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Cassatt Monoprints

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Magnificent Monet

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Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

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Escher Tessellations

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Haring’s Pop Art People!

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My Miro!

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Tricked-Out Halloween Treat Bag!

Tricked-Out Halloween Treat Bag!

What’s better than a giant pillowcase to fill with candy on Halloween? A giant pillowcase custom decorated with Halloween art! We’ll use a variety of art supplies including glow-in-the-dark paint to magically transform a pillowcase into a tricked-out treat bag. This trick-or-treat bag will be “sweet” even without the candy to fill it and makes a great keepsake that can be used for years to come.

With these easy step-by-step directions, you and your child will create a tricked-out Halloween treat bag using a simplified Batik method. It’s a craft project and art lesson all in one!

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Supplies:

  • Apron (If Available)
  • Grubby Clothes Are a Must!
  • Newspaper to Cover Your Work Area
  • Drop Cloth for the Floor (If Available)
  • White Pillowcase
  • 18×24 Piece of Tagboard
  • Pencils
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • 1 Container of School Glue
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Fabric Dye (Dark Colors Work Best)
  • Dye Mixing Container
  • Spray Bottle
  • An Additional Piece of Tagboard or Cardboard
  • Black 3D/Puff Fabric Paint
  • Brightly Colored 3D/Puff Fabric Paint (Any Colors)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark 3D/Puff Fabric Paint

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ART KIDBIT: 
WHAT IS BATIK?

batik-example
Batik is a method of producing colored designs on textiles originally used in Java. Before dying, wax is applied to the parts of the fabric that are to remain undyed.

Directions:

  • Begin by covering your work area with newspaper. A drop cloth on the floor is a good idea too. This is going to get messy!
  • Next, have your child look at pictures of spider webs. Google Images is a great place to find lots of pictures of creepy, crawly, spooky Halloween spider webs. Talk with your child about the shapes and patterns they see in the pictures.
  • Using the images as inspiration, have your child draw a spider web on the tagboard with a pencil. When drawing their web, instruct your child not to draw the web lines too close together (close lines will make things difficult later) and to make their drawing very large, so it covers the entire piece of tagboard.

Not a spider fan?  Jack-o-lanterns and cats make great trick-or-treat bag art too!

    

  • Next, have your child trace over the pencil lines on their drawing with a black Sharpie.

  • Put the completed tagboard inside the pillowcase. Make sure to center it in the case. The dark sharpie lines of the drawing should be visible through the pillowcase.

  • Next, trace the lines of the web with school glue on top of the pillowcase. Your child will want to move the glue very slowly so that it comes out as a line, not little dots.

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  • Now, we get to the VERY MESSY part! Have your child put on plastic gloves. Follow the directions on your dye packaging to mix your dye. Then, pour it into a spray bottle.

  WARNING: The fabric dye WILL STAIN hands and clothes!

  • Now, spray the pillowcase with fabric dye. Keep spraying until the entire pillowcase is covered. Move the sprayer around when spraying so that dye doesn’t puddle in one spot on the pillowcase.

    

  • When finished, lay the pillowcase flat to dry.
  • When the pillowcase is dry, it’s time to remove the tagboard from the inside of the pillowcase. The tagboard will be stuck to the inside of the pillowcase. Just peel it off as best you can. Don’t worry about getting every little piece of board off, any remaining tagboard pieces will come off in the washer.
  • It’s time for the wash! Wash the pillowcase separately in cold water. Then, tumble dry separately. Repeat the wash and dry steps a second time to make sure all the extra dye has been removed. When you are done with the washing, you may have to wipe left over paper pulp from the inside of your washer.
  • Now it’s time to add the finishing touches! Add a spider to your web, some stripes to your cat- whatever your child’s imagination can dream up! If your child chooses to add a spider, have them think about the shapes they see in a spider before they start to draw (i.e.- big oval for the body, small oval for the head, curved lines for the legs). Slide a piece of tagboard or cardboard into the pillowcase under your drawing area to prevent the puff paint from bleeding through. Then, get out your black puff paint and get to work. When the spider is finished, your child may want to add a brightly colored outline around their spider with a second color of puff paint to make it stand out more.

  • Lastly, add glow-in-the-dark puff paint wherever you like! Accent the web lines with it. Add some glow around your spider. Be creative! The more glow, the better, especially on Halloween night!

 

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Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!

Costume Inspiration From Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Warhol, Mondrian & More!

Make Halloween about more than just candy this year! These fun art master inspired make-at-home costumes will stimulate your child’s creativity and turn Halloween into an art history lesson. 

Here are some of our favorite art history themed costume ideas from the World Wide Web!

 

 This Halloween Become an
Art Masterpiece or a Famous Artist!

Van Gogh- Starry Night

via upload.wikimedia.org

via Imgur

Jackson Pollock

via upload.wikimedia.org

via oceanfulloflemons.wordpress.com

Vermeer- Girl with the Pearl Earring

via blogger.com

via costumesandcakes.blogspot.com

Roy Lichtenstein

via tumblr.com

Via buzzfeed

Via The Neat Life

Edvard Munch- The Scream

via totallyhistory.com

Via Kids Out and About

Da Vinci- Mona Lisa

via files.doobybrain.com

Via Alpha Mom

Via Blue Speckled Pup

Andy Warhol- Pop Art

Via Do More Be More

Via Coolest Homemade Costumes

Mondrian

via wordpress.com

via hangwithbigpictureframing.com

Grant Wood- American Gothic

Via blogs.cas.suffolk.edu

Via seakettle.com

Van Gogh- Self Portrait

Via arthistorymom.com

 

Frida Kahlo

via Art History Mom

Via Oh Happy Day

Andy Warhol

Via gbllifestyle.com

Via bbmondo.com

Via Oh Happy Day

Bob Ross

Via W V Public

Via Bu Buh Du Designs

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10 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special!

10 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special!

All kids love birthdays. It is a day that is all about them. Sure the birthday party is great– friends, games, presents, and cake. But there is something even more special about little personal birthday acknowledgements throughout the birthday kid’s day. Here are some ideas.

 

 

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Start off the day with little surprises. Even the grumpiest morning kid will be in a good mood when greeted by these morning birthday surprises.

1. Bathroom Birthday Greeting Use lipstick or dry erase markers to write a birthday message on your kid’s bathroom mirror.

2. Birthday Threads Particularly for the little ones, have a special “birthday girl” or “birthday boy” shirt for them to wear. For older kids, have a special accessory ready for them to wear or use throughout the day.

3. Birthday Throne Decorate your birthday boy or girl’s chair at the breakfast table with streamers and balloons. Here’s a super cute example from catchmyparty.com 

4. Birthday Breakfast Present the birthday kid with his or her favorite breakfast food along with a candle, sprinkles, or other festive food decorations. For example, stick a candle in a stack of pancakes, waffles, or in a muffin. Find the recipe for these super cute sprinkle filled waffles at www.shopsweetlulublog.com 

Midday Surprises

Whether your child’s birthday falls on a school day, during the weekend, or during the summer, there are little things that you can do throughout the day to whisper “happy birthday” in his or her ear.

 

5. Lunch Box Surprise Put a fun little note with a special message in your child’s lunch box, backpack, or pocket. But do not simply say, “happy birthday.” Be creative and let your kiddo know how special he or she is, or tease your child about what to expect when he or she gets home. Wrap each part of your child’s lunch in birthday gift wrap for another fun lunchbox surprise. Thank you www.happyhomefairy.com for this cute idea!

 

6. Surprise lunch Surprise your child with a lunch date. Even if it is a school day, pick him or her up from school during lunch and have a quick, special birthday lunch.  

7. Little Gifts Instead of (or in addition to) one big gift, give your child several smaller gifts throughout the day. Surprise your child with a gift at breakfast, another one in the middle of the day or upon arriving home after school, and yet another at dinner.

 

Winding Down

The birthday celebration should reach a crescendo at dinner. However, do not stop there. Keep the personal celebration going until the lights go out.

8. Birthday Feast Cook your kid’s favorite food for dinner. Yes, even if it is hot dogs, pizza, or pancakes.  Of course, the dessert must be cake and ice cream!

9. Birthday Bath Fill the bathtub with balloons. Use soap crayons to write birthday messages on the tiled wall. Thank you to www.growingajeweledrose.com for this cute idea!

10. Birthday Bedtime Story As the special day winds down, tuck your little one in bed and read a birthday-themed book.

 

Now these are ways to really celebrate a birthday!  It does not matter if it is your kid’s first birthday or 21st birthday. Making the day extra special will make for a memorable birthday.
 

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Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, is best know for his work that used primary colors, white and black in simplified lines and shapes on canvas. He believed highly simplified art could model a harmonious ideal world.

Mondrian was born in 1872 in the Netherlands. He was exposed to art at a very young age. His father was an art instructor and his uncle an artist. His early paintings were mainly landscapes. In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris. It was in Paris, influenced by Cubist style artists like Picasso and Braque that his work became more abstract and began to incorporate more geometric elements. Later, in the Netherlands, Mondrian’s art was influenced of the primary color paintings of artist Bart van der Leck. After world war one, he returned to Paris and began creating the grid-based abstract painting for which he is know. Mondrian died in 1944 in New York City.

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ART KIDBIT:   PRIMARY COLORS

Primary colors are RED, YELLOW and BLUE. If you mix 2 primary colors, you will create a secondary color. (For example- red + yellow = the secondary color orange.) 

Art Project: 

Mondrian looked at the world around him and broke down what he saw into very simple geometric shapes and colors. Kids, you can do this too! Look at something and squint your eyes. Notice how the small details disappear? When you squint it’s easier to see the basic shapes and colors.


What you will need:

  • graph paper
  • pencil
  • ruler or something with a straight edge
  • black marker with a wide tip
  • red, blue and yellow paint (or red, blue and yellow markers)


Instructions:

1)    With your pencil and ruler, draw three vertical (that’s a line that runs up and down) lines on your sheet of graph paper.  The lines do not need to be equally spaced on the paper.

2)    Next draw three horizontal (side-to-side) lines on your sheet of paper.

3)    After drawing your lines, select some of the spaces and paint them with your primary colored (red, yellow and blue) paints.

4)    After your paint has dried, draw over you pencil lines with a thick black marker.

Vocab Quiz . . .  Kids, Can you find parallel and perpendicular lines in your masterpiece?

 

 

mondrianWant to learn more about Mondrian?

For biographical information about Mondrian and to see some of his art-  www.pietmondrian.com

Create Mondrian inspired art on your computer-
http://interglacial.com/pub/JavaScript/mondrian.html
http://www.tristesse.com/~howie/Flash/MondRect.html

 

 

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