Monday, November 14, 2011

Sand Art for Kids and Adults

Sand Art is a fun craft activity for very young kids all the way up to adults.

Here is a simple activity that even preschoolers can enjoy.

These sand art bottles were made by students in PreSchool - Grade 2.

  • sand (different colors)
  • plastic cups
  • recycled plastic bottle
  • coffee stirrer/ straw/ spoon
  • funnel

  • Remove the label from an empty clean water bottle.
  • Allow time for the inside of the bottle to dry completely.
  • Put each color of sand in a separate plastic cup.
  • Place the funnel inside the water bottle.
  • Have the child choose the color of sand that they want on the bottom of the bottle.
  • Have the child slowly and carefully pour some sand into the bottle.
  • Have the child continue to choose a color and pour some sand into the bottle.
  • When the bottle is almost full the child can add a ripple effect by carefully using a coffee stirrer, thin straw, or the handle of a spoon. They can slide the coffee stirrer/ etc. along the inside edge of the bottle and then bring it back up to make small ripple effects. The child can also very, very slowly and carefully tilt the bottle to slightly shift the sand layers.
  • Finish up by adding sand up to the rim and placing the cap on tightly.
  • Older students can try to make a more sophisticated design with their bottles.

This activity can be tied in with a Science Unit on Rocks and Minerals since sand is really rocks broken down into very small pieces.

If you are working with older students, I have a Rocks and Minerals Word Search Puzzle on my website. You can download and print the Word Search from my Free Worksheets page. Click on the link below, then click on Free Worksheets.

Now, I'd like to share with you some absolutely incredible Sand Art pictures that I took this past summer. Revere Beach in Massachusetts is the oldest public beach in the United States. Each year they hold a Sand Art Competition. Contestants come from all over the world. Big crowds fill the beach. My husband and I drove down at 5:00 AM on a Sunday morning to see all the entries before the crowds arrived!

My favorite although they were all so awesome!!!

Have fun with Sand Art!


  1. The sand art bottles are adorable. My youngest son and I have done these a few times. Wow, the sand art at the beach are gorgeous... I've watched those on tv a few times!

    I'm a new GFC follower stopping by from Helicopter Moms Alexa Hop. I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog!


  2. Cool pics!

    New follower from Thursday blog hop.

  3. Just beautiful sand art - what fun!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving & see you next week, Beth =-)

  4. Sounds like a fun activity to do with my children....thanks for the idea!

  5. Thanks to everyone for visiting. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

  6. Great craft idea. That turtle is incredible!

    New follower from the Alexa blog hop.

  7. Those pictures are amazing! I can't imagine how they did that.

  8. wow, what amazing sand art - I would love to see that in person.

    My daughters really enjoy creating sand art - it is such a fun & easy activity for children.

    Thanks for linking your idea to the Sunday Showcase last week. Hope to see you this week!




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