We colored our own sand and made sand prints!
The first thing we did was collect some sand and color it
We just used was plain old play sand.
To color it, we separated it into bowls
poured water in until it was level with the top of the sand
then stirred in food coloring
(the more color you use the darker the sand will be)
We let the sand sit in the color for about an hour
then dumped it out onto tin foil, spread it out and let the sand dry over night
Once we had dry sand we started our prints
I set out paper, glue in bowls, paint brushes, trays, and the sand
The first thing to do is create a sandy design in the tray
paint a picture with the glue on a piece of paper
Place the paper onto the sand (glue side down),
run your hand over the back, and pull it up
The neat thing about this technique is you can use the sand over and over again
without having to sprinkling the sand over the glue!
You can tweak the sand design before each print
adding more color or moving around the colors already on the tray
My girls really loved doing this activity
They loved playing with the sand in their trays and getting their designs just right
they loved painting on the paper with the glue
they especially loved seeing their pictures come to life after lifting them from the sand
We also tried a different way of making prints,
by drawing in the sand with our fingers and then pulling up a negative print.
You have to press very gently if you try this way though,
the sand will fill in the drawing and you'll have a big blob instead of a picture
We made so many prints,
it was so much fun!!
When we were done making our prints we filled a jar up with our extra sand
Two art activities in one!
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