Sugar cubes, often used in coffee or tea, have more uses than sweetening your hot beverages. Due to their look and consistency, they are quite handy when thinking up crafts and other activities for children. You may use them for arts and crafts as well as various educational activities in the home or classroom. Sugar cubes may be purchased from a grocery store or made yourself with water and sugar-cube trays.
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Due to their natural icy look, sugar cubes are great for making an igloo as a winter craft. To make igloos with sugar cubes like the one found on Babycenter, provide the children with several dozen sugar cubes, cardboard, mortar (egg white and confectioner's sugar), craft glue and a spatula. Start by cutting the cardboard into a circle of about 7 inches in diameter then use the mortar and spatula to attach sugar cubes to the bottom of the cardboard. Continue to glue the sugar cubes together in the shape of an igloo, leaving an open space for the igloo entrance. When it is constructed, spread glue over the top of the igloo and sprinkle silver glitter. If you want the igloo to be edible, you can mist the igloo with water and use edible glitter.
The Family Fun website shows how to create a pyramid with sugar cubes, mortar for gluing, a spatula or pastry brush and a piece of cardboard. Start by attaching 10 rows of 10 sugar cubes on each row to create a square on the cardboard piece. Repeat this process on top of the square, but this time use nine sugar cubes on each of nine rows. Continue the process for each row by reducing the amount of rows and sugar cubes until you have formed a pyramid with one sugar cube on top. Decorate the pyramid with tiny construction paper people, or decorate the pyramid with stickers or other embellishments.
Using the same materials and methods as previously mentioned, children may use the sugar cubes to make a variety of sculptures. These may be wintry sculptures using the sugar cubes in their white form, such as ice castles or snow-tipped mountains. Children might also enjoy making other types of sculptures like bridges or skyscrapers and applying paint over the attached sugar cube sculpture with a paint brush. Tempera paint works very well to cover sugar cubes.
Help your kid give a magic show to family or neighbours by using sugar cubes, a cup of warm water and a pencil with a variation on a magic trick found on the Magic Hint website. She will start by showing her hands to the audience to prove there is nothing printed on them. She will then draw a smiley face on one of the sugar cubes and place it in the warm water, pressing her thumb against the drawing as she does so. As the audience watches, she puts her hand over the cup of water. After a minute or so, she takes her hand off the cup and shows that her thumb has the very same face printed on it, as it was transferred to her skin.
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