Sand art

Process art for the outdoor classroom

Jessica Hug | July 2021

Here is an activity incorporating art in the sand area. Of course you can do it anywhere, but we set this up right in our sandpit where the primary material for this project was abundant – sand! It also made the clean-up really easy. All you need for this activity is sand, cardboard or stiff paper (dark colours will make the sand show up better), glue, and a pencil.

1. Sketch a design on the cardboard.

Child sketching flower on cardboard

2. Go over all the lines with glue (regular PVA glue works fine). This is great practice for fine motor control!

Child tracing sketched lines with glue

3. Sprinkle sand over the wet glue. (We created a funnel out of a square piece of paper for more controlled application of sand.)

Sand being strewn over cardboard preparated with glue

4. Shake off excess sand.

Child shakes surplus sand off sand art painting

The finished masterpiece!

Completed sand art picture

Make sure to let the glue dry completely before too much handling occurs. Thread thick string or yarn through pre-punched holes for hanging, and send the sand art home with the young artist or create a beautiful display in your setting.

Projects & Activities, Sand and water, Outdoor, Arts & Design
Early years
Professional development