Stuck for ideas on how to make your little one’s playtime a more creative, sensory-stimulating experience?
Check out this super-quick, super-simple recipe for coloured sand – an exciting, fuss-free medium for sensory play and kids’ art activities…
How to colour sand
Ingredients and tools
Grab some play sand, a couple sticks of chalk in an assortment of colours, and a grater.
TIP: One thick stick of outdoor chalk makes good colour for a small pot of sand – so scale your recipe up or down depending on how much sand you want to colour.
Grate the chalk into the sand, give it a good swoosh around to combine the two ingredients, and you’re done.
Hint – Try broadening your palette; perhaps see if blue chalk and yellow chalk really does turn green. Add glitter for a ‘fairy’ sand version or toss in dried herbs (lavender and rosemary are great), or some ground spices to boost the sensory experience – just watch out for taste-testing!
Now for some fun…
Large, shallow baking/tea trays are a good ‘canvas’ for the sand. Get your tots to swirl patterns with their fingers, sticks, forks, etc. or use the sand as an art material for making rainbow-bright paintings. Filling bottles and jars with layers of alternating colours is also fantastic for development of fine motor skills and is a more focused style of activity.
Before you cringe in anticipation of stained little fingers, the colour does not come off on hands – not any more than plain sand covers your hands in play. Simply wash the lil’ paws afterwards.
Take a look at this edible finger paint recipe for more colourful sensory play.
Recipe and image via nurturestore.co.uk