::: making coloured sand
Don’t you just love those bottles of coloured sand stacked in drifting layers?
We wanted to have a go ourselves and tried to find a way that would be child friendly. We found recipes for using paint, but are not too keen on that idea as if the sand gets wet (and lets face it it always does), the children’s hands become heavily stained from the dye.
Then we thought that perhaps pavement chalk could be a good alternative.
First of all we placed some sand on a piece of paper, then rubbed a stick of chalk back and forth through it.
It coloured up beautifully.
Then we grated some chalk and added it to the sand. Again a beautiful result.
Two easy fine motor activities for little hands!
::: POST SCRIPT :::
Bridget commented on this post … I am so excited to try this! I am a daycare provider and think my kids will really enjoy this. A few ?’s though- how hard do you have to roll the chalk and when you grated the chalk what did you use?
As we did not get a photo at the time of the children grating the chalk to colour the sand this is one we took this week of the small cheese/garlic grater we used at our ‘More Than Just a Sandpit Workshop’. As for how hard was it for the children … not at all. The child rubbing the sand on the paper in the photo above was four years old and managed very well. The grating however was more popular!
We hope that helps.