Easy Sand Paintings

A simple nature art project is creating sand paintings.  This is perfect when visiting a place with ample sand like the beach or the desert!

gab sandpainting

Getting creative with sand!

First, have your kids find their own natural brushes (sticks, grass, feathers).


Natural gathered brushes and collage materials.

Next, let them paint Elmer’s glue on a piece of cardstock, the bolder the design usually the more successful. Then, liberally sprinkle the sand over the glue, let the projects dry in the sun for ten minutes or so and then gently shake the excess sand from the painting. DSC04531 You can then add natural materials to create a collage.  All you need is:

  • Natural brushes (sticks, grass, feathers, found on the site)
  • Elmer’s glue,
  • Paper or ideally cardstock
  • A landscape with sand, and other plants for collaging

DSC04526 DSC04527 DSC04533 In addition, a great extension is to research the Navajo Indians Sand Paintings.  Here is a website that you might found helpful:http://navajopeople.org/navajo-sand-painting.httm Have fun with this simple and creative project!  Please share photos with us if you try this with your own family nature group!

By: Janimarie Lester DeRose, Nature Families Art and Nature Specialist