The sweeter side of life: Crafty and sweet making projects for older kids – candy floss

Recently I’ve been reading lots of blogs by parents of young children, under 10’s and under 5’s, who have tonnes of fun with crafts and make and do projects with their kids.  I love to live vicariously, and the smiles and joy on the children’s faces in these blog posts are genuine.  You can see how much they enjoy not only the crafts, but spending quality time with a parent.  As a parent, I have to say we often enjoy this time together just as much.

Now my kids are a little older (11 and 13), we don’t do the things we did when they were little, but we still have tonnes of fun.  I’d like to share with you some of our most fun and giggle worthy (not to mention tasty) recent endeavours.  Here’s installment one:

Candy floss

This is me and my daughter Jess, who is 11, after a recent play with a candy floss maker.  We both have very blue tongues!

This project did require some outlay, including the purchase of a candy floss maker (£27.99 from The Range) and powdered candy floss colours, which we bought from eBay.  We have also got through a fair amount of granulated sugar.

The first time we used this, I was not hugely impressed.  The quality of the candy loss was sub-par, and the amount of sugar needed seemed a little excessive.  I had full intentions of taking the machine back to the shop.  The powdered colouring then arrived, and things seemed to slot magically into place.

A small bag of 7g of colour was enough for 1kg of sugar, and that makes a whole lotta floss! We mixed it up, and followed instructions.

The candy floss maker needs to be heated for about 5 minutes prior to your first floss session, before you add the pre prepared sugar.  One spoonful (a spoon was provided with this model – just big enough to fill the reservoir) goes into the little whole in the middle of the element.
NB. The element gets really really hot.  You know your own kids and their level of maturity and understanding, so I would not presume to tell you not to do this if you feel your children will follow basic instructions without fear of them touching the element.  I would not recommend for under 10’s, and never without supervision

You then get a build up of floss as the sugar heats, once the machine has been turned back on.  The trick is to keep the stick in one place, and twist to get a proper stick of candyfloss.  It takes a while to perfect the knack, but we actually had tonnes of fun and giggles when the floss went ‘wrong’ and we ended up with odd shaped clumps of floss.

And there you have it.  Time to eat it, or make more.

My son did enjoy making with us also, but he’s not so keen on having his picture taken.  The thing is when it comes to things like candyfloss, it turns us all into big kids.

The machine was a huge hit, and I know it has been well worth the cost as we all have so much fun making floss.  It’s not something you would want to do to often, but as a treat, it’s a huge hit.  Our next project with this is to try and make lilac floss for my wedding next August, as lilac/orchid tones are my wedding colours, and I think it would be a fun addition to a candy bar.

What edible projects have you and your kids done recently?  Are there things that you are just never to old to enjoy?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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