KinderArt® ► Painting | Drawing | Printmaking | Sculpture | Seasons | Recycling | Printables | Art History | More...


Image: McCormick

Level: all
Grades: all | Age: all | Written by: Linda Otis-Gutman
[Linda is a teacher at Jackson Elementary School in El Dorado Hills, CA.]

Layer colored sand or salt in a jar to create a beautiful sculpture.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Fill cups 2/3 with salt or sand.
  2. Add different colors of powdered tempera paint to each cup.
  3. Use plastic spoons to mix.
  4. You can mix different colors of powder for various additional colors.
  5. Pour or spoon colored salt or sand into jars in layers.
  6. Use sticks to push against the inside of the jars to create designs.
  7. Cap tightly.
  8. Put a colorful sticker on the top of each jar or glue some colorful feathers to the top.
  9. Tie colorful yarn around the outside edge of the lid.

Note: As an alternative to powdered tempera (which some folks have concerns about using), you can use food coloring to color the sand or salt. In that case, you will need a jar and lid (or a zip bag) for every color. Add sand to a jar, drop some food coloring in, close the lid tightly and shake until the food coloring makes all of the sand colored. Let the sand dry overnight and then use it as above.

Recommended Books/Products:

Family Fun Crafts : 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
by: The Editors of FamilyFun Magazine

Creating by Recycling (Crafts for All Seasons)
by Laia Sadurni, Anna Llimos
Create art with objects from around the house.

Plastic Sand Bottles with Cork (pk/24)

Plastic Sand Bottles with Cork (pk/24)

Plastic bottles w/ corks. Ready to decorate. 1-1/4" x 4-1/2". Pack of 24.

Sand Bottles, Assortment Smile & Peace (pk/6)

Sand Bottles, Assortment Smile & Peace (pk/6)

Create beautiful sand art statues with these great bottles. Fill them with our fine or coarse sand (sold separately) for a one-of-a-kind creation. For added flair, add glitter to the sand mix. Perfect as a fun group activity. Includes corks. Each bottle is 3" to 7" tall and holds about 6 to 10 oz. of sand. Pack of 6.

This content has been printed from:

Click here for more art lesson plans

Free newsletter: printable workbooks

Over 1500 products from Teacher Created Resources

2-for-1 Sale & Free Animal Poster & Stickers

Get FS & Save 20% Off Order at with coupon code ATHREE

classroom decor, rewards, and learni