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How to Make Colored Sand.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to Make Colored Sand.

Hi, I'm Donni from the Etsy shop Fairyfolk and the blog The Magic Onions.

My son, Mr T, insisted on bringing home a bucket of sand from the beach. Unlike me, he loves sand so much and can play with it for hours. He really doesn't mind if it gets in his hair, his clothes, his bed!
So, to enthuse with this love, we decided to make colored sand.
This is what we needed;

a bucket of sand
a sieve
6 large Ziploc bags
6 colors of foodcoloring
spoons
paper towels
water
all the ingredients we needed for making colored sand
We made little bowls from the Ziplock bags like this...
ziploc bowls for making colored sand
We set our sieve in the Ziploc bowl and filled it with sand.
making colored sand
As the sand was from the beach, it was full of small shells that we wanted to separate from the sand. T loves to sift stuff. He took this job very seriously and meticulously sifted all the shells from the clean sand.
sifting sea sand
We arranged the sand-filled bags on the grass as the next step is to add the food coloring. We wanted to make sure that a mistake did not mean a permanently colored patio!

Granny helped Mr T wet the sand with water from a jug.
how to make colorful sandWe added enough water to make the sand soggy. Too much water will make it hard for the sand to absorb the food coloring.

K joined us for the fun task of adding color to our soggy sand. We added food coloring liberally.
adding food coloring to color sand
Then we zipped up the bags and massaged the color into the sand. K loved the tactile nature of massaging the sand through the bag. It was cool and squishy and made a wonderful scrunching noise if you listened carefully.
using food coloring to color sand
We added different colors to our bags of sand and then laid them flat for 30 minutes to let the sand absorb the color.
colorful sand
Then we turned each bag out onto a couple of sheets of strong paper towels to dry in the sand.
drying colored sand
It dried in a day and was ready for all sorts of fun activities.
our beautiful colored sand
Look at these posts to see what we used our colored sand for.


Blessings and magic.
Donni of Fairyfolk

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7 Comments:

Blogger mrsbeccijo said...

So much fun! Kids love color!
Beccijo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theenchantedcupboard

May 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Polar Bear Creations said...

Super cool!
Wish I had small kids for these kind of things. :0)

May 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Naturalearthfarm said...

Thanks Donni,
This is a terrific idea.
Warm wishes, Tonya

May 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger The Sitting Tree said...

My oldest son loved making colored sand when he was younger! He would layer it in a beautiful vase and give it to me as a gift:)

May 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger kat said...

now i wish i'd bought that crank sifter from the thrift shop the other day. no way will i let thehobbit sift sand through my vintage one. rats!

May 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

With colored sand, I always think of Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace and their "sand store."

May 20, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger alia.e said...

Adore this idea. Cant wait to try it with my little guy.

May 23, 2010 at 6:36 AM  

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