Right now at our house we are talking a lot about textures , this activity is a wonderful way to make something that is rough , which in my experience was always the hardest texture to find around the house or classroom. It’s also just a fun art activity too!
- Gather your materials. You will need a piece of construction paper, some white glue, some sand and markers or crayons if you want.
- Start by having your child draw some fun pictures, if they are at the scribble stage, let them scribble. If they are older see if they will draw a picture of their favorite summer memory, hopefully something with sand!
- Add the glue, we just went freestyle , but you can make structured designs or even letters!
- Add the sand. We started with a spoon but like most almost 2 year olds, my son got rather frustrated with the small amounts the spoon was scooping and decided to pour it on instead.
- Let dry.
- Once dry explore the feeling of the art, and talk about how the paper is smooth, but the sand is rough!
“The Sandcastle Contest” by Robert Munsch. I am normally a huge Munsch fan, I love so many of his touching and goofy stories. I don’t like this book , I have read it 4 times trying to find something about it I liked, but it’s just not there for me. I think it focuses too much on the uglier side of competitiveness and the characters are rude. I hate giving anything by Munsch a bad review , but I can’t avoid it.
For something rough – when your son is a bit older, you can have him practice writing in a try of corn meal (or dry grits). We did it yesterday.
Candace C says
I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I found your blog recently through the Crafty Crow and have been enjoying it since! I wanted to post because today we used one of your craft ideas – the egg carton ant! 🙂 We are homeschoolers and are learning about ants this week. I thought you might enjoy seeing your idea!
Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!!
Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas. I love checking your blog everyday to see what you have done next. I have been trying to do more crafts with my son to help teach him various things. We have done several of your crafts already and I have really enjoyed it and he loves them. You look so organized and must have the patience of a saint. Do you have any advice on how to get organized and how to have patience when our kids are so young? My son’s excitement sometimes gets in our way of enjoying the project and tests my patience. Thanks again so much. Nancy
I have to check those out Julie and Candace, thank you both!
Nancy- a saint, not quite but I tend to have a lot of patience for little ones, it’s big people I have a hard time with! I really just let my son lead, sometimes I get impatient and “help” him and it backfires. I have learned that it’s better to let them have the experience of the art than to make sure the craft looks “right” .
Tom and Renee says
Thanks for posting this great sand art activity-my kids loved it 🙂
Same question: how old was your little man when you started doing this activity? I fear my little guy not being patient with the drying but I think I can work around that…
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Marnie – he was almost 2 when we did it , but if you are concerned about drying what if you use cut out pieces of sand paper?