How Your Kids Can Make Sandpaintings

The Navajo of the southwestern United States has perfected the art of sandpainting, as have the Aborigines of the Australian Outback, monks of Tibet and a few other cultures. They are commonly used in healing and religious rituals. You can also check out these amazing sandpainting on as you teach your kids about how they can sand paint. 

Your child can learn a bit about this art first-hand by introducing him or her to creating with colored sand. Afterward, they can be urged to research the topic on the internet and see where it takes them.

Coloring the Sand

For this step, you need sand, powdered fabric dyes or food coloring, paper cups, stir stick or plastic spoon, and a container of water, preferably possessing a pour spout.

Sand, of course, can be dyed any color. Rather than going out your way to buy colored sands, all you need are powdered fabric dyes or food coloring.

Next time you visit the beach, bring back a couple of pails of sand. Naturally, you must make sure the sand is completely dry before use.

Half-fill a selection of paper cups with sand. You need enough paper cups to accommodate the colors you are prepared to create.

Fill paper cups enough to cover the sand. Add the coloring agent. Use as much or as little dye as you want to get the right shade. Stir and, water, and dye with a stir stick or plastic spoon. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Pour out the water carefully. Spoon and spread the sand on paper towels to dry, keeping colors separate. Allow drying thoroughly.

Sand Painting

You’ll need a few simple items. White drawing paper, pencil, liquid white glue, a small paintbrush, and the sand.

You need some heavy white drawing paper and a pencil. The child can begin by drawing the pattern for the finished design he or she wants to create.

Pour liquid white glue into a paper cup.

Use a paintbrush to begin applying the glue in a layer inside the drawn pattern. Pick the part of the drawing that your child wants red, apply glue, then lightly pour red sand on that.

Then apply glue to the blue areas and sprinkle blue sand. Continue through the various colored sands until the painting is complete.

Let dry. Afterward, gently shake the loose sand from the paper.


You can supplement your free prepared sands with some colored aquarium sand which you can buy at the store.

Keep an eye open at garage sales and yards sales for small bags of colored aquarium sand.

Coloring books will provide patterns for your sand art. In fact, rather than draw the pattern, you can tear out the page with the outline and paste it to a piece of cardboard. This might be preferred by younger sand artists. Some simple drawings in coloring books may lend themselves to clipping with scissors so that they can be used to make tracings.


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