Art Fun: Sand Art

I have always been apprehensive about messy activities because I hate cleaning up but with a trusty dustbuster on hand, I no longer fear activities like this…

Aristotle received a sand art kit for Christmas and we finally got around to putting it to use. Here’s the kit: design with sticky backing and coloured sand.

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What you do: peel off portions of the picture bit by bit and pour on the sand. The backing is really like a large sticker so the sand will stick to it. After pouring on the sand, shake off the excess. Remove another part of the picture, pour on more coloured sand, shake off excess, and repeat until you’re done.

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And this is Aristotle’s masterpiece:

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He mixed all the colours at the end so we had a multi-coloured effect for the backdrop. Worked out quite well, too, I thought. Aristotle loved this activity and wants to do another one. Looks like it’s time to get a bigger kit…

Alternatively, we could always use that excess glitter I have in the art box and make our own “glitter art”.

Make Your Own Glitter Art:

What you will need:


  1. Draw a picture on a piece of cardboard.
  2. Add glue to part of the picture.
  3. Pour on the glitter.
  4. Shake off the excess glitter.
  5. Repeat step 2 to 4 until the entire picture is complete.

If you thought sand art was cool, wait until you see what the professional sand artists do… How’s this for amazing?


You could also do this activity with some coloured sand on a piece of perspex. It’s not something I would try with Hercules at this point (because he would probably find more entertainment scattering sand all over the house), but I think it would be fun when the boys are older.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

One thought on “Art Fun: Sand Art

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