Finger Paint Sand Art for Kids
Our sand art finger painting session was really quick and easy to set up, and was a perfect late afternoon calming activity for our girls. Since we did use PVA glue, or school glue as it’s referred to in some places. Check the label to make sure it’s non-toxic. Children will be dipping their fingers into the glue.
You will need:
PVA glue (NON-TOXIC)
A range of coloured sand (ours came from this store)
Pieces of Card
A dish to shake excess sand onto
A small bowl of water and towel for children to wash and dry their fingers with.
Setting up the invitation to create sand artwork. I used milk bottle tops as little containers for the different colours of sand. It was actually the prefect size for the kids to pinch small amounts of sand. It’s surprising how far a little amount of the sand can go and as with most kids, my girls would happily have tipped the whole packet onto their artwork if given the chance. I also used an old play dough tub lid to hold some PVA glue. I placed these all onto a dish and provided a separate dish for the excess sand to be shaken into.
It was as simple as that. I joined them at the table and started to dip my finger into the glue, pressed it onto the card a few times before I pinched some of the sand and sprinkled it over the glue. They soon got the idea and off they set creating their own pieces of sand art.
They started my copying my technique of adding just one colour to each pva spot but then soon took the art in their own direction. They added different colours to the spots, then they mixed the sand colors before adding. They pressed spots of glue onto the card but then realised that they could drip it on from their fingers and create swirls, lines and squiggles. It dawned on me whilst watching them that this was a great fine motor challenge too. The milk bottle tops were the perfect size for their little fingers to pinch small amounts of sand and watching them practice different ways to sprinkle it was a delight to see.
Older kids may get creative with patterns or even mandalas, like the mandala that I ended up creating because art invitation time is one of my favourite relaxing with the kids activities at home. It gives me an opportunity to unwind and talk with the girls about their day.
I showed them how to carefully tip their paper into the empty dish to collect the excess sand. They really enjoyed this and enjoyed playing with the sand in this dish too. Mixing it. Drawing in it with their fingers and adding it to their artwork.
I’ve been informing myself further about ideas around process art for kids and what types of activities can be considered to fall under this category. I’ve found out that, in a nutshell, process art activities do not arrive with instructions or expected outcome and there is no right or wrong way to ‘do’ the work. Essentially the art focuses on experience and exploration of techniques, tools, and materials. Most of all, the art is completely the child’s own choice, using whatever materials and tools that have been presented to them.