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Sand Art
Busy Bee


Read and discuss the story of the wise man and the foolish man in Matthew 7:24-27.[edit]

Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”


Find and read at least 3 more verses that talk about sand.[edit]

Genesis 32:12 (NIV)
"But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”


Genesis 41:49 (NIV)
"Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.”


2 Samuel 17:11 (NIV)
“So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba—as numerous as the sand on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.”


Role play the story about the wise man and foolish man.[edit]

Encourage children to cooperate with each other.

Sing a Bible song about sand.[edit]

The Wise Man Built His House


The wise man built his house upon the rock

The wise man built his house upon the rock

The wise man built his house upon the rock

And the rain came tumbling down


Oh, the rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

And the wise man's house stood firm.


The foolish man built his house upon the sand

The foolish man built his house upon the sand

The foolish man built his house upon the sand

And the rain came tumbling down


Oh, the rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

The rain came down

And the floods came up

And the foolish man's house went "splat!" [clap hands once]


So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ

And the blessings will come down


Oh, the blessings come down

As your prayers go up

The blessings come down

As your prayers go up

The blessings come down

As your prayer go up

So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Name at least 5 everyday uses for sand.[edit]

Sand blasting, sand castles, making glass, hour glass, egg timers, gravel on roads, sandbox, concrete, mortar, sand paper, etc.

Make your own colored sand.[edit]

What You Need:

  • Food coloring (we had a box of neon colors, too)
  • Baking pans
  • Oven set to 200 degrees
  • Water
  • Spoon or stirring stick
  • a Sifter of some sort(ours was some leftover tulle rubber band to a container)

Directions:

Step 1: Sift Sand to get out any big rocks or unwanted debris. We made our own sifter by fastening some tulle over the top of a container with a rubber band and then slowly pouring sand on top while lightly shaking/bouncing the “sifter”. The kids enjoyed this part!

Step 2: Separate sand into baking dishes. Add a little water. Aim for a damp consistency but not soaking wet where extra water is visible. If you happen to add too much water, no worries. It will just take you a little longer in the drying process.

Step 3: Add food coloring to get desired color and mix the sand up well to distribute the color.

Step 4: Place pans in oven (set to 200 degrees) for 5 – 10 minutes. Pull the sand out when it is barely wet and let it air dry over night. If the sand is completely dried in the oven, the color tends to fade and is not as vibrant when pulled out barely wet. Once the sand is cool, I place it in a storage bag and leave it open on the back of the counter until it is dry (usually a few hours). If you happen to dry it too much or do not get the color you want, you can always add more water and color and do it again! You cannot mess this up!

Create at least 2 sand art projects.[edit]

Sand art bottles

Items You Will Need

Transparent bottle
Cap or cork
Heavy paper or funnel
Stapler or tape (optional)
Colored sand
Teaspoon
Hot glue gun


Step 1 Remove any labels from your bottle and wash it with soapy water. Rinse the bottle and allow it to dry completely.

Step 2 Create a funnel by rolling a sheet of heavy paper into a cone shape,holding it in place with a few staples or tape. Make sure the pointed end of your funnel fits into the neck of the bottle and that the opening at the bottom is no wider than 1/8 inch.

Step 3 Hold the paper funnel inside the neck of the bottle with one hand, and use a teaspoon to add the first color of sand a little at a time. Gently jiggle the funnel if the sand gets clogged in it. Start with less sand and add more a teaspoon at a time, if you wish.

Step 4 Examine the first layer and decide whether you want the colored-sand stripes to be flat and horizontal or diagonal. If you want diagonal strips, hold the bottle at an angle and tap it so that all the sand rests in one corner. Hold the bottle at this angle and add the second layer of sand, directing the point of the funnel into the empty corner.

Step 5 Continue adding layers of sand in different colors, taking care not to move the bottle around too much or too quickly, as this will cause the colors to mix together and destroy the layered look. Use the point of the funnel to direct each layer of sand into position. Stop when the bottle is full of layers of colored sand.

Step 6 Apply hot glue to the inside of the bottle neck and insert a cork, or apply glue around the outside of the neck and screw on its cap. Do not shake the bottle or the layers will be destroyed, and you will have a bottle of mixed multicolored sand.


Picture frames

Here's what you need:

sandpaper (we used both 60 grit and 100 grit with slightly different results, both cool. The coarser grit just had more defined grains of sand on the finished piece)
crayons
paper ( I used white paper hoping to get that pointillism copy, but newspaper would probably work fine too if you just want your sandpaper piece)
iron and press cloth (old rag or thin cloth to use when ironing)

Here's what to do:

  • Cut your sandpaper to the size you want your finished piece to be. We planned on making popsicle stick frames for our artwork, so our pieces were about 5.5" squares.
  • Using crayons, color your picture on the sandpaper. You'll want to press pretty hard to get a nice layer of color. You'll also want to have your picture cover the entire piece of sandpaper, so make sure you color the background too.
  • Next, put your sandpaper with the picture face up, put your paper on top of the picture and your press cloth on top of that. Using a warm iron, iron over the picture for about 15 seconds. (If you lift up your cloth and see the melted wax on the paper, it's ready.)
  • Carefully lift up the paper to reveal your picture. You can see how ours did make a copy, but it just wasn't quite what we were hoping for and was a little blotchy in spots.
  • However, if you look at your sandpaper, you'll see that the crayon wax has melted onto the grains of sand in the sandpaper, making it look like you glued on lots of different colors of sand. The picture doesn't quite pick it up, but some of the crayons were sparkly, so it had the effect of glitter in the finished piece.
  • Of course, every piece of art looks better in a popsicle stick frame, so we painted some popsicle sticks to match our new masterpieces.
  • Glue your Sandpaper Art into your new frame ( I used hot glue because it worked better than the Elmers on the sandpaper) and your project is complete.
  1. Pre-glued pictures
  2. Make a sand castle
  3. Clothespin butterfly

Game: Carry the rock relay[edit]

Game Requires:

  • 2 rocks that can be carried easily by hand
  • 2 team members at turn around point

Instructions:

Divide the children into 2 equal teams. Form two lines. The child runs to the team member at the turn around point and back carrying the rock. Then he hands his rock to the next child who runs with it. The team that finishes first will sit down and wait for the other team.

External Resources[edit]

Fun on a Dime - Colored Sand

Come Together Kids - Sandpaper Art