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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:


  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


  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:


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.)

Christmas Tree Craft for Little Fingers

DSC08550One of my favorite things about Christmas is all the craft ideas the holiday season seems to abound with.

Yesterday we made these Christmas trees – an idea Parker’s mom shared over at http://www.prayingforparker.com/sensory-rich-christmas-tree-craft/.  Bella (4) and Noah (6 with Down syndrome) loved this sensory-rich activity.  I almost used regular pom poms I already had instead of buying the tinsel pom poms, but it was definitely worth it!!!  Those little shiny balls of fluff have a fabulous feel to them that we all enjoyed.  Following Tammy’s directions, I cut a Christmas tree out of green felt and then let the kids glue the pom poms onto the tree.  I was so pleased to see that Noah is now able to use a regular bottle of glue, which was something at the beginning of the year I couldn’t imagine him ever being able to do.  (I know, my faith is lacking at times.)  His fine motor and hand strength is really quite good, and my spirit soars every time I see him mastering a kindergarten skill – and using glue independently is definitely a kindergarten skill.

Go, Noah, go!

For those of you who have kids who aren’t ready for free-flowing glue, you may want to try glue pens, glue dots or even putting the glue into an easy-squeeze bottle.

Be sure to stop by and say hello to Parker at www.prayingforparker.com, an amazing kiddo with Down syndrome who is defying the odds day by day, and his Mom, Tammy, who keeps Parker’s hands busy with great crafts like this one.