November 15, 2012

Corn Syrup Painting: Yummy Art for Kids

Corn Syrup Painting

Corn Syrup Painting may be sticky, but it's loads of fun for little artists.  And the results are truly unique. The painting dries to a glossy sheen.


  • When Calvin sat down at the table, I set a piece of white card stock in front of him. Then I poured some corn syrup into a bowl, scooped up a spoonful, and handed the spoon to Calvin.  

  • Calvin moved the spoon around the paper, letting the syrup drip. I never showed him what to do.  As soon as he saw the spoon drip, he giggled and wanted to do it again and again and again.  I kept turning the paper so Calvin would drip on a new side.  Pretty soon the whole paper was covered with syrup.   

  • Now it was time for the food coloring.  I handed Calvin the blue bottle first. His pincher muscles weren't strong enough to squeeze, but he was very good at shaking.  The food coloring dropped on the paper.

  • Red food coloring came next.

  • Calvin's last step was to mix the food coloring and the syrup together.  He used a fork first.

  • Calvin didn't use the fork very long.  He laid it down and started using his hand. 

  • The last thing he tried was a plastic spoon.

  • But it wasn't long before he went back to using his hand.

  • My last step was to clean the sticky from Calvin.  

Extend the Activity:

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! is a fun book about getting messy.  Children love the silly rhymes.

If you have a comment or a suggestion, I'd love to hear from you.

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