Friday, February 24, 2012

Painting with M&Ms

Calling all crafty moms and teachers.... I have a fun, unique and sweet project for your kiddos!  Painting with M&M's!! 

Now, now... I know this is not a recipe but it does involve food and more importantly chocolate!!
While I am visiting my family in PA, one of my favorite things to do is go to work with my mom.  What??  Why would I want to go to work while I am on vacation??  You see... my mom is a preschool teacher so going to work with her means hanging out with cute three and four year-old kiddies.  Now I know the idea of spending an entire morning with a group of preschoolers might sound daunting to some BUT I love it!  
This week in school my mom has been teaching the kids about the FIVE senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste.  So when she spotted this craft idea on Pinterest for painting with M&M's she knew she wanted to try it out with her class!
This craft covers all of the senses!
SIGHT - Sorting the M&M's by color.
TOUCH - Describing the texture of the M&Ms while sorting.
HEARING - Listening to the M&M's being stirred in the cups.
SMELL - Smelling the M&M colored water while painting.
TASTE - After the craft was over... my mom let the kids munch on a few M&Ms during snack time.

  • Take a one pound bag of M&M's and empty in a bowl. (The amount of M&M's will vary based on the group size.)
  • Have your kids sort them by color into individual cups.
  • Once sorted, pour enough water to cover the M&M's and begin stirring with paint brushes.
  • Once the color of the water has changed you are ready to paint!!
Check out these beautiful pictures created by some of my mom's students!! 
Painting never looked, smelled, sounded, felt and tasted (afterwards) so good!!  Pretty sweet!!


  1. I am a preschool teacher and my school is closing in June maybe this will be something fun to do the last few weeks of school! Trying to find very fun thing to keep the teachers and kids kinds off of the school closing!

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your school closing! This is a very fun craft project that I think your students will enjoy. :-)

  2. sooo pretty hope to try!!!

  3. I will be doing this for a project on Friday...

  4. Such an interesting and fun idea. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am sure that my daughter will drink the water!!! Can't wait to try it!

  6. This is such a great idea! I'm going to school right now to become a preschool teacher and I hope to use this with the kids I teach. :)

  7. so cute! i'm sending it to my mom to use with her students.

  8. I love finding new things to paint with. I'm going to use the pastel m&m's for our spring painting. Thanks!