Next time you take a trip to the beach, don’t forget to bring some sand home with you! There’s so much you can do with it! On our last trip to the beach I decided I wanted to see if we could figure out how to dye sand and make sand art at home. This ended up being one of the most successful crafts I’ve done with the boys. So, here we go, step-by-step, how to dye sand for a sand art project.
1. Place sand in ziploc bags. We made big batches of colored sand to have a lot for projects. You could use smaller amounts if you like. Add enough water to moisten the sand and then add food coloring. You’re going to need a lot of food coloring if you want vibrant colors, so don’t be shy, pour it in! Mix it evenly throughout.
2. Let the sand soak in the food coloring overnight.
3. Spread the sand out in a pan or tray to dry. We used the lids of big plastic tubs and placed them out in the sun to dry.
4. Once the sand is dry put each color into a separate container.
5. Now you’re ready for sand art! We decided to make layered colors of sand in glass jars. We saved and cleaned out glass jars – mostly babyfood jars, but also sauce jars and whatever we had on hand.
6. Use a spoon to make one layer of sand after another in different colors. I showed the boys how to do it once and then they did it on their own. This craft was great for a range of ages – from my 8 year old down to my 3 year old, they were able to do it independently and enjoyed it for a long period of time.
That’s our finished result. And though I love how it turned out, to me the process is more important than the result – and this process was oh so much fun, meaning a successful activity in my book! There’s a lot more you could do with colored sand – using glue to make pictures or cards, use a funnel to put the sand into thinner glass bottles, or have your very own colored sand sensory box to play in outside. Mix colors and see what happens! Have fun and happy Sand Art Making!