Gum Ball Paint

Playing with your food is always fun… often frowned upon… but always fun. In my opinion, playing with candy is the ultimate fun when it come to food playing. It’s so bright, colorful and sweet. Well, other day my pet unicorn, Sprinkles, and I went to the candy shop in town. We got all sorts of fun stuff! I didn’t realize on our walk home that there was a small hole in my bag. I began to notice that my bag was getting lighter, and turned around to see some of my gum balls had fallen onto the ground and rolled into a puddle. I was really bummed… until I walked over and saw what had happened in the puddle. The gum balls began to bleed colors in the puddle and made the water rainbow colors. I kicked one of the gum balls out of the puddle and onto the sidewalk. It made a beautiful marbled streak as it rolled around and eventually landed in the grass. Needless to say that Sprinkles and I hurried home with our remaining gum balls to make some beautiful gum ball art.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Gum Balls


A Box or Baking Dish

Watercolor Paper

Let’s get started!

1.) Separate your gum balls into colors and place them into shallow bowls or cups. I used some small white tumblers.


2.) Place a water of watercolor paper into the bottom of your baking dish or box. I use a 10 x 17 pyrex baking dish and had to trip the edge of my water color paper to fix properly, but it was perfect, and clean up was a snap.

3.) Pour water over the top of your gum balls and let them sit for about 45 seconds. Once you see the the color is bleeding into the dish, have your little ones pick up the gum balls and roll them across the paper in their box/ baking dish like marbles.

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Aren’t they lovely? Your hands and artwork will also smell sweet… just like gum balls. :)

This is what our gum balls looked like after we rolled them. If you let them sit long enough they will turn white.


Once we removed our gum balls from the tumblers, we used the excess water as watercolor paints.

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Have a sweet time!


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