Our youngest boy loves to paint. He has his own desktop easel and paper as well as quite a large box to carry all his paints and paintbrushes in. I had quite a few left over sugar cubes from another project when he suggested we try to paint with them.
The end product: A Sugar Cube Christmas Tree Painting!
I had never thought of using sugar cubes to paint with, though I must admit, I have never bought sugar cubes before so it is not something that I have thought about. The boys have painted before with small pieces of sponge and painting with sugar cubes reminds me of a little of painting with a sponge. Only, the sugar cube is hard.
The thing with painting with sugar cubes, you can’t put them near water, or else they will dissolve. After learning this, our boy changed to painting with acrylics instead of watercolour paints.
Therefore, one sugar cube is for one colour and then you throw them out. I gave our boy a paper plate and he poured some acrylic paint in the colours he wanted onto the plate. You do need the paint to be on a flat surface as being hard, they can’t bend to pick up any paint.
As I said before, painting with sugar cubes is like painting with a sponge. The ones we had were small, so little hands may have some trouble holding onto the cubes without getting some paint on their fingers. Though, this is good for fine-motor skills. We use a non-toxic washable paint that comes off everything really easy, which also makes clean-up a lot easier.
These paintings could be used as wrapping paper, decorations, bunting or on the front of Christmas cards.
What other paintings could you make using sugar cubes?