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Sand Art

Age: Preschool through elementary
Time: An afternoon
Type of activity: Arts and Crafts

This activity lets you put the sand your kids drag home from the beach or park to good use!

Materials Needed:
· Sand
· A tray; an old cookie sheet; or a large, flat bowl
· Plaster of Paris
· Tempra paints (any color)
· Paintbrushes

What to Do:

Step One: Fill the tray with damp sand, adding a little water if necessary.

Step Two: Make a design in the sand. You can use your fingers, paintbrushes, or even cookie cutters.

Step Three: When you're happy with your design, spoon the wet plaster into the tray.

Step Four: Spread the plaster evenly (and carefully!) over the entire tray.

Step Five: Let the plaster dry -- this can take anywhere from a few hours to an entire afternoon.

Step Six: When the plaster is dry, remove the newly formed mold from the tray.

Step Seven: Brush away any loose pieces of sand.

Step Eight: Paint your mold and you'll have a piece of art!

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August 28, 2014



Variety is the spice of life! Swap out boring sandwiches for simple and healthy alternatives, like crackers and cheese, veggie or fruit kebabs, pasta salad, or breakfast for lunch (such as yogurt and granola, or whole wheat waffles).


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