S is for Sand

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:

Supplies:

  1. Black construction paper or cardstock
  2. Liquid glue (you know, the old-fashioned kind that comes in a bottle, NOT a stick
  3. Colored sand in salt shakers
  4. Paper plate.
  5. White paint pen, chalk or crayon

Directions:

  1. Use the white pen to draw a simple design on the paper (if your child is able, allow them to do the drawing).
  2. 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.
  3. Have your child shake the colored sand over the glue.
  4. Dump excess sand from paper onto paper plate.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the next color.
  6. Allow to dry.

Here’s the drawing:

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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!

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(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.)

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3 thoughts on “S is for Sand”

  1. You’re a sucker for colors. Runs in the family. Remember all the different DMC colors you had for counted cross-stitch? Me too. I’d buy colors even if I didn’t need them.

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