A few years ago we made our first batch of colored sand and the kiddos loved it. Luckily, a friend shared an alternative way to make colored sand in the comments and we had to try it out this last week! This is a really inexpensive and fairly quick project to do. You can even find all the needed items at a dollar and under type store, which means this project cost us under $2. Gotta love that!
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Make your Own Colored Sand
- Large container of salt
- Chalk sticks – We used the jumbo size like this chalk you can get on Amazon
- Plate or tray – we used an old plastic lid
- Cute little hands to help out
Step 1: Gather supplies needed before calling the team together to create. You can use any size of chalk, but we found the jumbo size is easiest for the kiddos to work with AND you can even find them at a local dollar store.
Step 2: Add about 1/3 cup Salt to the plate/tray at a time and start rolling your desired color of chalk in it. Be careful not to add too much salt at first because it will make it hard to roll/grind the chalk color through it. The more pressure applied the faster the color spread.
The girls discovered this was easier for them. Even my 22 month old was able to participate doing it this way.
Step 3: Once your salt has reached your desired color, bag it and pour more salt on the tray to mix in the remaining chalk powder left. Since we used a plastic lid, the chalk powder stuck to it as we ground it down, so we were able to get it off as we rubbed fresh salt on it and it made more “sand” for us!
Step 4: Create and have fun with your new colored sand! What will you create? Try some Sand Art or come back next week and I’ll share another fun Colored Sand Craft we have been working on.
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