The summer holidays might be a little different this year, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on staycation!
Why not bring the beach to your back garden with this super simple sand craft? We made ours in magical mermaid colours but you can use any colour combination to suit the interests and preferences of your child.
This craft is taste safe (though we don’t recommend eating it!) and easy enough for little ones to get involved in making it. When mixing the ingredients together ask your child to note how different ingredients give the sand a different texture and encourage them to touch and feel to determine when the sand is the right consistency.
Store your sand in an airtight container and keep refrigerated if you would like to play with it another day. Now, let’s mer-make it! (Sea what we did there…)
1 Mix equal parts cornflour, baking soda and oil in a bowl, plus half a teaspoon of water mixed with a few drops of blue food colouring. Thoroughly mix together until you have a soft, fine grain consistency. You may want to experiment a little, adding more oil will make a firmer, slightly sticky sand, whilst adding more cornflour will give you a silky-soft texture that’s perfect for finger tracing!
2 Repeat this process with pink food colouring.
3 Repeat this process with pink and blue food colouring to make a lilac/purple shade.
4 Tip the different coloured sands into a large tray. Add shells, forks and cups to the tray to help you play with the sand.
5 Time to play! Have fun running the sand between your fingers and tracing shapes. You could make a starfish…
6 Or use a fork to make swirling waves….
7 You could even trace a mermaid…
8 Or build a little sandcastle! Just fill a cup with layers of sand and quickly flip it over onto the tray. Tap the bottom of the cup and lift it up, you’ll have a mini castle fit for a mini merperson!
Don’t forget to share your mer-mazing masterpieces with us on social media! We’d love to see how you’re spending the summer!
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