On a day out today I saw coloured sand being sold to make little ornaments and it got my mind racing – lots of ideas involving colour and texture that could be mixed with glue, paint, just for fun. But the cost was High and being a resourceful Mum I looked around the Internet and found…..
2 different methods of making it – The Magic Onion suggests using food colouring and Irresistible Ideas for play based learning suggests using chunky sidewalk chalks (ELC sells these as well as other places). As we don’t have chunky sidewalk chalks food colouring is the way forward for us.
So….. Here goes
What you will need
Resealable food bags
Play sand – or sieved fine beach sand
Absorbent Kitchen Paper Towel or very old tea towels cut up
How the fun happens
Put the sand into the food bags (if you have taken the sand from the beach then sieve it first as it will have small shells and pebbles in it usually) and dampen slightly. Then add in the food colouring, the more food colouring you add the darker the colour will be (also this will depend on the colour of the sand in the first place – our play sand is a light colour so all colours were on the pale side). Shake and rub the colours in massaging the bags to mix completely. Then lay the sand out in the sun on paper towels or old tea towel to dry up and place into new food bags for storage once dry. I’ve saved the bags with labels of colours on them to use again to make more in the future.
Now what to use it for more to come in the week