Any art project revolving around Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" book is going to involve candy. Before starting the projects, it's important to be familiar with the beloved novel. The story is a tale of a poor boy named Charlie who unwraps a chocolate bar and finds a golden ticket that lets him join an entourage of privileged children to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Once inside, he and the others find themselves in a magical world where candy abounds. One of the best things about Willy Wonka art projects is that it's easy to tailor them toward various age groups.
Part of the appeal of Willy Wonka's world is that candy dangles everywhere, especially in the garden area where the chocolate river flows. An easy candy ornament to hang is based on popcorn balls. Pop five qt. of popcorn and then heat up three-quarters of a cup of corn syrup, a quarter cup of butter, two tsp of water and two cups of sugar. Once this concoction is melted, add in a cup of marshmallows. Coat the popcorn with this mix. When the mixture has cooled, lather your hands with vegetable oil or cooking spray and then mould the popcorn into balls. Push candy canes through the completed balls, leaving the hook protruding enough so that string can wrap around it, enabling the popcorn ball to dangle. Creatively adorn the popcorn ball with icing, chocolate chips and any other enticing candy. Another ornament option is to purchase see-through sachets from a local craft store, fill them with hard candies and string them up in a similar fashion.
Using Monopoly as inspiration, take a piece of cardboard and map out a Willy Wonka game. Instead of labelling squares as "Park Place," "Marvin Gardens" or "Reading Railroad," name properties after characters (e.g., Veruca Salt's Suite) or after areas found within the factory, such as Oompa Loompa Land. Decorate each area accordingly on the game board. In lieu of "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards, take candy wrapper foils and shape the pieces around index cards cut in half so that they look like the golden ticket that all the characters in the book wanted to nab. Beneath the foil on each card write tasks that players have to perform.
Bouquets and Centerpieces
With candy as the central ingredient to Willy Wonka's world, make candy bouquets and centrepieces. Give kids standard sundae glasses and have them fill the glasses with chocolate drops or miniature candy bars. For the "straw," insert a slender candy cane. Or take ceramic flowerpots and cushion the bottom with foam to create a sturdy base. Purchase thin metal skewers from any craft store and tape pieces of bubblegum in a petal-like fashion to the top before anchoring the stems in the foam, mimicking a floral display. For an extra artistic touch, also shove lollipops into the mix.
The entire plotline of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" centres on moving through Willy Wonka's candy factory. Taking a basic piece of poster board, have kids create a candied mural of the factory. For instance, the exterior of the factory can be represented with "boring" foods like nuts and raisins. Using liquorice sticks or various flavours of candy canes to create the entrance. Kids can glue an array of chocolate drops, chocolate chips or candy-covered chocolates to represent the chocolate river. The "Fizzy Lifting Drink" room can be represented with bubblegum, while the magical elevator can be made from button candy. Liberally use gummy bears, candy corn and other sugary delights to show the other rooms of the factory.
There are no artistic limitations with candy as the common thread. Taking small glass jars (such as baby food containers or jam jars), kids can do a type of sand art by unloading powdered candy sticks into coloured layers. Or, by taking a paper plate, budding artists can make Oompa Loompa masks. Ring-shaped candies can serve as eyes, liquorice as hair and cinnamon gummies as lips. Another option is to take a cue from Christmas gingerbread houses. Wash out old milk cartons to create the frame of the factory, and set up paper towel rolls to act as the factory's chimneys. Lather everything with icing and simply apply candy to represent where Mr. Wonka's various candy-making rooms reside.