Colored Sand Art Activities

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Colored Sand Art Activities
Coloured sand provides for many art experiences for all ages. (creating sand art image by Rebecca Capell from

Children of all ages can create colourful art projects with coloured craft sand. Sand projects include everything from easy sand pictures to more difficult and imaginative crafts. The sand's texture provides a sensory experience for children and an opportunity for older kids, teens and adults to experiment with some unique, creative projects.

Keepsake Sand Art Mug

Purchase a decorate-your-own mug kit from a craft store. The kit will have a clear plastic mug with an inner mug insert. Paper is provided to colour or paint a design and slip in between the plastic mug and the insert.

Spread glue to create a design, picture, name or phrase of words on the paper. Sprinkle coloured sand into the glue. Shake off excess sand. When the glue dries, spray a thin coating of clear paint over the picture to hold the sand in place. Let the spray paint dry. Then, position the paper around the mug insert. Place the mug insert and picture inside the clear plastic mug.

Sand Painting Ornaments

Use clear plastic ornament shapes that come apart in the centre in order to fill with goodies or art materials. Craft stores offer the clear ornaments in a variety of shapes for holidays, as well as simple round or oval shapes. Take the ornament apart. Spread glue in a design, or covering the entire inside of the ornament. Sprinkle coloured sand into the glue. After the glue dries, place the two ornament pieces together. Use a hot glue gun or clear tape to hold the ornament pieces together. Tie a piece of ribbon or plastic lacing through the hanger hole at the top of the ornament.

Sand Art Bottles

Use clear plastic bottles in various shapes, available at craft stores. Baby food jars and rectangular baby food containers will also work well for sand art. Pour a thin layer of coloured sand into the top of the container. Add more layers, alternating different colours of sand. As the containers are filled, use a toothpick along the inside edge of the container to push one colour of sand down into another layer of colour. Continue until the container is filled and the desired design is accomplished. Place the lid on the container. Handle the sand art bottle carefully so the design stays in place.

Sand Pictures

Spread glue onto a colouring picture or plain paper. Create your desired design with the glue. Carefully sprinkle coloured sand over the glue. Leave the picture flat while the glue dries.

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