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Easy Breezy Summer Art How To Part 2

It’s no secret that children love sand! Its nature’s glitter. And, just like glitter, it seems impossible to clean up which is why for parents, sand can be a real nightmare.  However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. By adding just a few ingredients from home, you can transform that dirty pesky sand into a beautiful and unique work of art. Plus, you can extend the fun of the beach without even having to put sunscreen on.

Materials

  • Sand (we all know children love to sneak this home from the beach!)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Food coloring
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Heavy paper or thin cardboard

1.  Begin by separating sand into different containers, one for each color you desire.

2. Mix together a couple of teaspoons of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of food coloring.

3. Pour alcohol over sand and mix well until sand feels saturated and looks evenly colored. You can add more food coloring at this point, but be careful not to overly “wet” your sand.

4. Spread sand onto cookie sheet (lined with wax paper, if you prefer) and allow it to air dry. Placing the cookie sheets outside to dry may be ideal at this point.

5. Using heavy cardstock or cardboard, have your child create a picture in glue by thinly painting Elmer’s glue onto surface. Avoid letting the glue “pool” as this will make for clumpy blobs of sand.

6. Sprinkle sand by spoonfuls over wet glue and shake excess sand over cookie sheet, just as you would glitter. Continue sand “painting” until your heart’s happy with your colorful and sandy masterpiece!

We made our sand painting in a very structured way using symmetry to guide our art-making, but you don’t have to follow our rules! Sand painting is fun for everyone, and just like our other beach art project, its environmentally friendly and affordable too!

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