Life Savers candies are colourful, inexpensive and non-toxic: everything parents and teachers look for in a crafting supply. Make crafts using Life Savers candies with kids of all ages; let them explore their creativity and talk about shapes and patterns at the same time. Just be sure the children don't eat all of your crafting supplies before you finish your projects. These crafts are suitable for young children with adult supervision and assistance.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Construction paper
- Life Savers candies
- Crisped rice marshmallow bars
- Cookie cutters
- Plastic knives
- Popsicle sticks
- Cellophane or plastic bags
Use construction paper as your base for this art project. Let your child choose his favourite colour and then hand him a bowl full of Life Savers candies and a bottle of glue.
Ask your child to use the Life Savers to create a pattern on the paper. Leave the glue to the side at first, and simply let the child lay out the life savers in a colour pattern, such as red/green/yellow/red/green/yellow or whatever he chooses.
Let your child glue the Life Savers down in his chosen pattern. He can even create several patterned lines on one piece of paper. This activity helps him practice his math skills as well as his glue application skills.
Cut out the strips of patterned paper and use them to decorate your refrigerator. During the Christmas season, have your child use red and green paper and candies and use the patterns to line the front of your mantel or decorate above your doorways.
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Bake a batch of marshmallow rice cereal bars in a large pan and let them cool.
Give your child cookie cutters or a plastic knife and let her cut out a shape from the treat bars. Match the shape to the closest holiday, like pumpkins at Halloween or hearts on Valentine's Day.
Put a Popsicle stick into the base of the treat bars so they will be easier to hold and eat.
Let your child use Life Savers to decorate the bars. The Life Savers can become monster eyes or a colourful border around the bars. Break the candies in half and they can become smiles, frowns or eyebrows. In order to stick the Life Savers onto the bars, scoop out small dabs of icing using a plastic knife and apply the icing like glue between the candies and the bars.
Wrap each bar in cellophane or large plastic lollipop bags and give them to guests at a party or save them for after-school snacks.
Tips and warnings
- Look on the cereal box to find a recipe for marshmallow rice cereal bars.
- Once you have used glue in a craft project with the candies, do not allow children to pull the candies off the craft and eat them.
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