Sand is a summertime staple. Why not use it in craft projects for your kids? The texture gives the art projects a unique look. Sand can be a bit messy. Save yourself some cleaning time by doing these kids’ craft projects outdoors.
This kids’ activity uses colored sand to create a picture on a piece of cardboard. You can pick up colored sand at craft stores. Have your child start by sketching the outline of his picture. Images with big sections work best. Spread glue inside only one section of the picture. Help your child sprinkle the color of sand he wants in that area on top of the glue. Gently shake off the extra sand. Repeat one section at a time until the whole picture is covered.
Layered Sand Bottles
The colored sand also works well for the layered sand art you often see. Any clear container works for the project. You’ll also need a funnel to direct the sand into the container, especially if you use a bottle with a narrow opening.
Pour the sand carefully through the funnel and into the container. Shake the bottle gently so the sand is level in the bottle. Add another color of sand to create the next layer. Continue until you’ve filled the container with the sand. Don’t shake the container hard or the layers will shift and mix together.
This art project can be done at the beach or at home with a tub of sand. You need the sand damp so it will hold an impress. Press down into the sand to make the design. For a keepsake art project, use your child’s hand or foot print.
When you’re happy with the design, pour prepared Plaster of Paris into the impression. You’ll need to let the mixture set up, which can take several hours. If you do the project at the beach, make sure you have enough time to wait. When it’s solid, pick up the Plaster of Paris and brush off the extra sand. The impression you made is captured forever.
A sand-themed art project is a great way to get creative on a summer day. Head to the sandbox, the beach or the craft store to stock up for your kids’ sand crafts.