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Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

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I had been wanting to set the kids up with a Valentines Day themed sensory play activity and had not yet decided what to do.  After coming home with a bag of Conversation Hearts I knew actually what we would try.  Homemade sensory candy paints!  I was not quite sure how I would make them but that is half the fun right.  I set out to make paints while the kids were off.  I did not want them to be disappointed if they did not turn out right.  I was happy to have been successful making Conversation Heart Sensory Paints for them to use when they got home.

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make



Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

What I used:

conversation hearts

glass bowls and plastic bowls

water

spoon

flour

food coloring (for a brighter look)

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

What I did:

I set out the glass bowls on the counter with water in them and added several candy hearts to each. I left them to dissolve about an hour.


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

How to mix the paints:

I came back and added the dissolved candy and water mixture into a small plastic bowl.  Then I microwaved for about 30 seconds. Next, I then added a little less than a 1/2 c of flour to the bowl and a few drops of food coloring to intensify the color and mix.  


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make


You may have to adjust the amounts on this part to your liking.  I liked the ones I made that were a little thick but not so thick you could not use them.  I had one that came out a little runny but it still worked.


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

They all smelled so good except the orange.  That one didn't really have a scent anymore.  I could have added orange extract to bring the scent back but I did not.


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- smells amazing 

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

Now I could hardly wait for the kids to get home so we could try them out together.  

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

I got out some paint brushes, paper, and a few candy hearts to try.  I had it all set up when they got home.


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make


Time to paint!!!

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

The kids just loved the bright colors and scents of the paints.  When I told them what they were made of they thought that was interesting.  They also enjoyed tasting the candy hearts I had left out for them.

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

I let the kids have the art supplies and then let them take over with what they wanted to do with them. I got lucky and got in on the painting at the end.  


Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make

Below is what we ended up with once the painting dried.  The paints were bright and colorful.  We really had a lot of fun with this sensory art activity.  Maybe you and your kids can enjoy it too.

Conversation Heart Sensory Paint- cheap and easy to make


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7 comments:

  1. Love how didn't know how it would turn out but went for it anyway! Success!

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  2. How fun is this! I love it and we always have these leftover after Valentine's Day and need to get rid of them before we eat them! :)

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  3. This is awesome and I will definitely be trying it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. I would have never thought to use the candies as pigment for paint! So smart!! Thanks for sharing this at the After School Linky!

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  5. This is cool! We have so many conversation hearts. I am definitely going to try this. Great idea!

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