What happens when you mix a handful of kids with candy, paper, and Sharpie pens?
Nope. Not a super sweet food fight, permanent graffiti, or paper spit balls. Nothing destructive like that.
Instead, think Candy Doodles.
Candy Doodles are an easy, fun project for kids’ parties, rainy days, art classes, and when you need a valid reason to sample a wide range of candy.
Here’s what you need:
1. Colorful candies in obvious geometric shapes like M&M’s, Dots, and Good & Plenty.
2. White Paper or colored or drawing paper. Anything goes.
3. Sharpie pens I found that Ultra Fine Sharpie pens work best. Of course, washable pens are perfectly fine to use, but I have an affinity toward Sharpies and their, um, sharpness. (Call me crazy, because my kids are known for writing on things other than paper.)
Here’s the how-to:
This is where imaginations should run wild. Let kids of all ages place candies on paper and start scribbling around each pieces to create animals, faces, insects, flowers, cartoon characters, landscapes, whatever.
When the scribbling is done, place a small piece of double-stick tape on each piece of candy to hold it in place … or skip the tape and eat the sweets. In this rare instance, body parts are totally replaceable and interchangeable.
Inspiration: (these candy doodles were made by an 11-year-old who shares my same last name)
Start Candy Doodling at your house … and send us photos of your masterpieces! (E-mail photos to [email protected].) We’ll post your photos here and on our Facebook and Pinterest pages to create the world’s first Candy Doodle Gallery!
Need more inspiration? Check out Ed Emberley’s Funprint Drawing Books. This author/artist is the king of simple, yet clever doodles.