This is officially S week. Or maybe I should say it’s the first week of the letter S. Lately I’ve been taking two weeks to do each letter because I just can’t pull it off in one week.
Today we worked with sand – colored sand – all kinds of colored sand!
In imagining this activity, I just couldn’t picture giving Noah (6 – DS) and Bella the big jars of colored sand to pour onto their pages, so I opted for a collection of salt and pepper shakers from the dollar store. Those were a BIG hit! (What child wouldn’t want to finally be able to turn a salt shaker upside down and sprinkle away?)
Here’s how to do it:
- Black construction paper or cardstock
- Liquid glue (you know, the old-fashioned kind that comes in a bottle, NOT a stick
- Colored sand in salt shakers
- Paper plate.
- White paint pen, chalk or crayon
- Use the white pen to draw a simple design on the paper (if your child is able, allow them to do the drawing).
- Give the glue to your child and have him trace over the portion of the design he wants the first color of sand to cover.
- Have your child shake the colored sand over the glue.
- Dump excess sand from paper onto paper plate.
- Repeat steps 2-4 with the next color.
- Allow to dry.
Here’s the drawing:
Here’s Noah’s finished project. He really did a good job of attempting to trace the design with the glue – and the black paper makes it look so cool!
(note: You can get colored sand at your local craft store – Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I’m not sure whether you can get it at Wal-Mart – maybe.)
- Colored Sand Art (lets-explore.net)