Sandpaper Sun

There are so many opportunities  for playing with textures with every day art supplies but rough is one that doesn’t come as easy, but it’s not impossible. Sandpaper is really fun to use for all sorts of things. Just remember that when you do a sensory art project that you need to be prepared for mess since the whole point is to touch and feel! My son had so much fun ( by fun I mean made a huge mess)with this that we ended up in the bath immediately after.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 sheets of sandpaper, some yellow and/or orange paint, a marker,  a paint brush , scissors and glue.sandpaper sun craft
  2. Draw a circle on one of the sheets. sandpaper sun craft
  3. Cut the circle out, leave the other sheet whole, you will cut the rays into triangles later. sandpaper sun craft
  4. Start by letting your child feel the sand paper, some kids will recoil from it, some will love the texture and explore it with their finger tips and nails for a long time.sandpaper sun craft
  5. Next get the paint ready we wanted to use both colors since we were looking at pictures of the sun and I quote ” It’s not all yellow like I thought mommy!” so both colors were poured into a container for this project.sandpaper sun craft
  6. Start painting the circle.  We started with a brush and the sound the bristles made were really interesting. However I didn’t even have time to get a photo of him using a brush on the circle, he went straight for finger painting.sandpaper sun craft
  7. Next he compared the rough paper to his  smooth hands. sandpaper sun craft
  8. Pass them the full sheet when they are ready.sandpaper sun craft
  9. Remember that when you encourage finger painting, often a mess will follow, this is why you always use washable paint. These were not the only two hand prints on my table or his body, just the prettiest. sandpaper sun craft
  10. Set the circle and other sheet up to dry and get in the bath.
  11. When dry ( ours took forever cause we had globs). Cut out the rays. If your child is willing have them cut, my son wanted NO part of cutting the sandpaper and I admit , I don’t enjoy cutting it either. I had shivers the whole time.sandpaper sun craft
  12. Add glue to the back of the circle.sandpaper sun craft
  13. Add your rays and let dry.sandpaper sun craft

Other Activities About Texture:

Sense of Touch Game

Texture Collage

Sand Art

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  1. meredeth says

    hi there! i love all your ideas and check in daily to see what you guys are up to. i’m a mom at home with two boys – 4.5 yrs and 21 months. i’ve been looking forward to the summer because we can take the boys to our local pool. Have any swimming or pool activities that you would like to share? thanks, meredeth

    • admin says

      I used to teach a half gymnastics, half swimming class called “Monkeys and Minnows” and one of our favorite pool games were :

      What time is is Mr. Wolf – played in the shallow end
      Ring Around The Rosie
      and this song :

      Swimming , Swimming in my swimming pool
      When days are hot , when days are cool
      In my swimming pool .
      Breast stroke, side stroke and fancy diving too ,
      oh don’t you wish that you had nothing else to do !

  2. Cynthia says

    Love sandpaper art! One of our favorites is to cut out a gingerbread man shape and then you rub the entire shape with a cinnamon stick – then decorate to look like a person (buttons, eyes, macaroni, yarn, anyting you can glue on). Smells yummy and tons of fun. Thanks for the great ideas, I look forward to using many over the coming months.


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