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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This Putty Is so Silly. . .

This Putty Is so Silly. . .


Do you remember playing with silly putty as a kid?

Stretching it out oh-so-long and then rolling it up in a ball. Squishing it through your fingers. The stuff was awesome!!!!

It’s probably no surprise to you that homemade silly putty is one of the kid’s favorite messy time projects at our studios. They LOVE it!

It only takes a few ingredients and is very easy to make. It’s a great no school day or rainy day activity. Give it a try . . .

Materials:   

Note: Recipe makes enough for 1 child.

  • 2 tablespoons of school glue
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid starch  (You can find liquid starch in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores.)
  • Small disposable cup
  • Liquid watercolor or food coloring- any color  (Please note- liquid watercolor is best but if you don’t have it food coloring will work. Be aware that food coloring may stain the kids hands or anything else the silly putty touches.)
  • Glitter- optional, any color
  • Craft stick or twig to mix with
  • Small plastic bag
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of school glue into the cup.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid starch into the same cup.
  4. Put 4 drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring (any color) into each cup. If you want, sprinkle a little glitter into the cup also.
  5. Time to mix. Use the craft stick (or twig) to mix the contents of the cup thoroughly.
  6. Viola! You have made silly putty. It’s time to play. Dump the silly putty out of the cup- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it!
  7. When you are done playing, the silly putty can be stored in a plastic bag.
  8. Don’t forget to clean up!

 

Making a Mess is the Best!

 


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!
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Rainy Day Art Projects

Rainy Day Art Projects

Is bad weather keeping your kids indoors?

Kidcreate to the rescue! Keep boredom at bay with these fun art projects.

 

Artist Inspired Projects . . . 

 

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

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Escher Tessellations

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Cassatt Monoprints

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Fireworks Reflection

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Magnificent Monet

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Homemade Model Magic

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 This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

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Ice Cream in a Bag!
Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

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Go Green!
Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

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to positively influence the lives of children.

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Angry Birds Art Project

Angry Birds Art Project

We all know a child that LOVES to play Angry Birds, you might even love it too. We don’t blame you, it’s addicting! This game has found its way into television, movies, clothing and now ART. We combined two of our favorite things, Angry Birds and art, to make this fun scratch board Angry Birds masterpiece. This is another way for your child to show their favorite game a little love, in a creative way.

Scratch board art might seem like something you go purchase in the craft aisle but, with the easy steps below, you’ll find yourself making homemade scratch board art for every occasion!

 

What You Need:

  • Art paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Black paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Oil pastels or crayons- variety of colors (oil pastels are preferred)
  • Construction paper – variety of colors
  • School glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Miscellaneous craft items- feathers, crayons, googly eyes, etc.(optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Color the entire piece of art paper with either your oil pastels or crayons. Oil pastels tend to work better for scratch board projects, but crayons will work too. Make sure there is no white left on the paper!
  3. With the construction paper, cut out 3 circles and/or triangles for the angry bird characters. These cut outs should be about the size of a child’s fist.
  4. With any additional craft items you have around or some construction paper, add any facial features you think the birds need. Use a glue stick to apply these details to the construction paper shapes.
  5. Go back to the art paper we colored earlier. Paint the entire piece of paper black. Make sure there is an even layer of paint over the entire sheet.
  6. Using a craft stick scratch a dot in the black paint where you want each bird to be. Continue to use the craft stick to scratch away the paint, making scratch lines that will trail behind each bird so it looks like they are soaring through the air!
  7. Carefully set your characters on the paint at the end of the 3 scratch lines. The birds should stick to the paint. If they do not stick, add some school glue.
  8. Set aside the project to dry and go make some space on the refrigerator because this is one you’ll want to display!!

 

Making a Mess Is the Best!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio franchise opportunity that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively
influence the lives of children.

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