A definite way of keeping your kids engaged is by providing them with several activities related to sand art. Read on to know more.
Various art activities are always popular among kids. It not only keeps them occupied but also enhances their creativity. Art exercises related to sand are gaining popularity these days, proving beneficial even as a method for effective learning.
Simple Craft Using Sand
A tray (you can even use an old cookie sheet or a large, flat bowl)
Plaster of Paris
Tempra paints of any colors
Put wet sand on the tray, and using your imagination, make any design on it with your fingers, or the paint brushes.
Next, put in the plaster on your design using a spoon.
Now, carefully spread the plaster properly over your design.
Keep your tray aside and let the plaster dry. This might take hours. So be patient.
After it dries, remove the mold.
Any loose pieces of sand, have to be brushed away.
Now, paint the mold with the color of your choice.
Empty juice container
Colored or natural wax
Pan (to heat the wax)
1 pencil (for holding the wick)
Put sand inside the juice container. The depression should be approx. 5 inches deep.
Scoop some sand from the center, but make sure that you have a sand layer around the edge of the container.
Heat wax in a pan and pour it into the mold that you have created in the container.
Pour the wax carefully so that the sand around the edges does not collapse.
Tie one end of your wick to your pencil and insert the other end in the molten wax.
Keep it like this overnight.
Next day, carefully remove the candle from the container and brush off the excess sand.
You now have your own sand candle. You can even use a toothpick and carve out your name or some design on it.
Color used in food
First color the sand with food color and leave it to dry.
Ask your child to draw a picture using glue. The picture can be anything like a house, or an animal, etc.
Using the spoon, sprinkle the colored sand on the glue as per your choice.
Paint one item at a time, otherwise the glue may dry off.
Leave your picture aside to dry.
Now shake or brush away the loose sand.
Mix at least ¾ parts sand with ¼ part glue in a container.
Keep mixing this until you have with you a sticky dough-like consistency.
If you want your castle to be colorful you can even add food coloring in the mixture.
Now using your sand buckets and spades make your sandcastle. You can use shells, twigs, or anything to make it more attractive.
Let the castle dry for a day or two. Even the strongest tide will take considerable amount of time to break it down.
Teach your children these activities in order to keep them away from the television and computer games. They guarantee fun and a great learning experience.