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.
What I used:
glass bowls and plastic bowls
food coloring (for a brighter look)
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.
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.
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.
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
Now I could hardly wait for the kids to get home so we could try them out together.
I got out some paint brushes, paper, and a few candy hearts to try. I had it all set up when they got home.
Time to paint!!!
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.
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.
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.
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