Projects Using Sugar Cubes


Sugar cubes can be used to construct buildings, paint masterpieces and demonstrate scientific properties. Build edible creations from white frosting, graham crackers and sugar cubes or set tall sugar cube towers on fire. Learn about solubility and absorbency, or assemble the Mona Lisa. Clean up is easy with this sweet treat.


  • Houses, igloos, pyramids, castles, churches and major landmarks can be constructed from sugar cubes and white frosting.

    Begin by planning the construction on lined graph paper to eliminate messy mistakes. Draw the construction to scale by using one square on the paper to represent a single sugar cube. Shade in the floor plan and sketch the building from every angle, including the overhead view.

    Use a piece of heavy duty cardboard as a base. Use a ruler and pencil to sketch a grid on it that has squares equivalent in size to the sugar cubes. Assemble the first layer according to the graph paper floor plan. Glue each cube to the cardboard with a layer of white frosting. If necessary, leave openings for doors and windows. Reinforce these gaps with toothpicks or graham cracker doors or windows. Add a graham cracker roof when the model is complete.

    For color, add a small amount of food coloring to the cubes before construction.


  • Sugar cubes will not catch fire when touched to a lit match. However, when ash is rubbed on one side of the sugar cube, the cube will light and burn steadily. This is because ash is a catalyst, or a substance that can cause a chemical reaction without changing during the reaction.

    While sugar cubes can absorb a small amount of liquid, excessive amounts will cause the sugar to dissolve. Demonstrate this by building towers from six layers of four sugar cubes each. Add one drop of food coloring to the first, two to the second, and four to the third tower. Increase the amount exponentially with each tower until the colored liquid causes the sugar to start to dissolve. The towers will eventually be unable to withstand the liquid.

    Sugar cubes can be used to teach the rock cycle. Rocks become weathered, experience erosion, melt, cool and then experience weathering again. Crush sugar cubes to demonstrate weathering. Place the crushed sugar in a foil boat to demonstrate the movement of erosion. Hold the foil over a candle flame until the sugar melts and then set it aside to allow it to cool and harden. Crush the sugar again to resemble weathering.


  • Paint with sugar cubes by dipping each cube in different colors of paint. Line the bottom of a shoebox with paper and close the lid. Shake the box to distribute paint and sugar bits on the paper for a colorful, textured masterpiece.

    Add food coloring to various sugar cubes and assemble them to create a mosaic painting. Try to recreate a simple flower, a landscape or the Mona Lisa for a challenge.

    Decorate cubes with icing and edible embellishments for a beautiful, tasty snack. Draw flowers, ladybugs, letters, numbers or other small items on one or two faces of the sugar cube.


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