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The children made up a mixture of sand and flour and water. They didn’t measure the quantities,  just made a sloppy mix until it was like icing.

They poured it into ziplock bags …

and empty sauce bottles …

It was so thick and oozy!

Then they squeezed and squeezed – a great activity to strengthen those hands!

It came out in a long squishy snake …

and then it was lovely just to get their fingers and hands into it …

and proved a great medium for writing and drawing.

You’ve got to love messy play!


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8 Responses to “sand piping bags”

  1. avatar jeanne says:

    Love this! Works for all ages, fabulous hands ON and hands IN experience with a readily available resource! Thanks :)

    ::: You’re welcome Jeanne. :) :)

  2. avatar jenny says:

    So simple! So ingenious! So fun!

    ::: So true Jenny … so true! :) :)

  3. avatar Linda says:

    I can’t wait to do it myself…:))

    ::: Have fun with it Linda. :) :)

  4. avatar Marnee says:

    Brilliant I so love this – thank you for always sharing such fantastic ideas :)

    ::: Aww gee thanks Marnee! :) :)

  5. avatar Juliet says:

    What happens when it dries – does it go really hard or does the sand soften the flour and water?

    ::: Juliet, as we used up all of the mixture within a few hours we don’t really know what it would be like if it dried out. Flour, water and sand are the ingredients for the moon sand we made a little while ago and that does dry out if you leave it uncovered so perhaps this would do the same. If on the other hand you seal the moon sand up it goes rank pretty quickly! :) :)

  6. avatar RobertB says:

    Great idea! Perfect for summer, outside activity.
    i used to do something like this with my class, inside, with shaving foam on a smooth surface!

    ::: Oh we LOVE shaving foam too Robert. Recently the children added wooden blocks to some shaving cream and had an absolute ball with the different textures. :) :) http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/01/shaving-cream-with-props/

  7. avatar Pam Ennios says:

    Two weeks ago we made moon sand in our church’s Mom’s Day Out program at Leavenworth Commmunity United Methodist here in Leavenworth, Wa. USA. The formula is 4 cups play sand, 2 cups corn starch ( you call it corn flour I believe) and 1 cup water. You must mix the corn starch into the sand before adding the water, after adding the water you will need to knead ( squish between your fingers) the sand mixture to get the moon sand mixture. Made with corn starch I have found it doesn’t go rank, of course it is the tale end of winter. And it is stored in an unheated area.
    Last week we combined two activities, one table was set up with moon sand the other with shaving cream, with a wash bucket inbetween. What a huge hit that was! And an incredible chance to talk textures, and smells.

    ::: Thanks for that Pam … sounds like you guys really had fun! :) :)


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