Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Have Fun with Sand

While on vacation this summer, take home some sand from the beach. Sand art is very easy to make and pretty too.

Try to collect clean, fine sand. You should strain the sand you have collected to remove any large pieces from it.

Carefully mix the sand with powder paint - choose a variety of different colours. Keep the different colours of sand separate.

Once you have your coloured sand made you can carefully pour sand into a glass jar in layers to make a pretty decoration.You could use different and creative containers to pour the different coloured sand. If you add a layer of soil on top of your layers of coloured sand, you can grow small cactus plants in the jar. These make lovely decorations, and gifts for your loved ones.

While away long summer afternoons with sand art. Also called sand painting, this is a simple but satisfying craft that's good for Earth Day in the springtime or any dry summer day that follows.

What you'll need:
Construction paper

How to make it:
Give each child a piece of construction paper, and allow them to draw a picture or write words with the glue. Make sure that they do not put globs of glue in any one spot.
Before the glue dries take the picture over to dry sand and with your hand pour sand onto the glue.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess sand.
Let it dry flat for about a half an hour depending on how much glue was used.

This can also be done with colored sand, but, for those on a budget, regular sand works just as well.

For older children or those who have more budget or have made different colored sands:

Sketch a pattern or picture on a piece of paper.
Carefully apply glue to the sections of your pattern that will be covered with the same colour sand.
Make a paper funnel and slowly spread the coloured sand on the glued areas.
Allow the glue to dry and carefully brush away any excess sand. Continue filling in your pattern or picture using only one colour of sand at a time.

Tip 1: You could use large label stickers to draw patterns and cut out.
After pouring one colored sand, brush away excess sand, then peel the next area and continue with another color.

Tip 2: You could use fine salt instead of sand. Use food colouring to colour the salt instead of powdered paint.

Sand Art on Glass


Clean sand. (beach sand, toy sand box sand or even construction sand will do. )Note: sift out any unwanted particles, like rocks or pebbles.
Small plastic bags
Food Colouring
Picture frame with glass (Old ones work great.)
Drawing or Colouring book picture (not too detailed)
Permanent Marker
Elmer's white glue


Coloured sand

Divide the sand into small plastic bags, according to how many colors you want in the picture.

Add food coloring to the sand in a bag, one drop at a time until the color is what you want.

Pour the sand out into a small butter bowls to dry .


Remove the glass from the picture frame and clean.

Pick out a favorite picture or drawing.

Lay the piece of frame glass on the top of the picture.

Use a black permanent marker to trace the picture onto the glass.

Have the kids place clear drying glue on the glass where they want the same color. (One colour at a time) For instance, blue - Fill in all the areas of the picture on glass that they want to be blue with glue.

Sprinkle the coloured sand onto the wet glue.

Tap the glass to settle the sand and to loosen any that is not glued down.

Pour off excess sand back into bowl.

Repeat for next color next color until the picture is all filled in.

Allow the glue to dry overnight. Place the picture back into the frame with black marker showing forward. BEAUTIFUL !

If you don't want the hassle or the mess involved in creating beautiful Sand Art Painting, do check out this site, "Sand Art Painting"


Ann said...

These bottles are just wonderful!
Now, I read the post, but I still can't figure out how the camel is so perfectly placed in these bottles!
(Am I dense? What did I miss?)

Tina said...

I loved this project. Can I post it on my blog both in english and translated in greek? (my blog is bilingual), of course linking to your blog? If you have a problem with this, no harm :)