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Sand Painting for Kids

Kids love to play with sand and love to paint- why not combine both with this fun and practically free art activity?!

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Explore new textures with this fun sand paint!

Let’s get messy and explore texture using sand and paint! This activity takes only a few seconds to set up using sand and paint in cups. It’s so easy that the kids can even create it themselves. Encourage them to measure out the sand and paint, and then mix them together. When it’s ready, they can paint all day! Then, once the paint dries, the kids can run their fingers over it to explore how it feels.

🥄 Scoop it up! The kids can measure out the sand and paint by themselves and mix it as well - very hands-off for the adults, yay!

🌎 Explore other elements:  Don’t have access to sand? No sweat! You can use soil instead, however, the colors may not be as vibrant.

🛒 Wondering where to find sand? Try your local dollar store, home gardening store or a local beach!


For this activity you will need:

Sand (¼ cup per color)

Paintbrushes (one for each color)

Paint (2 tablespoons of each color)


Spoons/popsicle sticks

Small bowls

2 measuring cups

Learning Outcomes






Naming and describing the things that they have observed


Step 1:

Have your child measure out ¼ cup of sand in each of the bowls for each color they want to make.

Step 2:

Have your child measure out 2 tablespoons of paint into each bowl of sand. The consistency of the sand paint should be thick- experiment with the ratios until you find the perfect texture for painting!

Step 3:

Stir it up with a spoon or popsicle stick!

Step 4: 

Get creative! Encourage your child to paint using their new sand paint. Once dry (overnight) have them touch their painting and describe what it feels like.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Encourage them to hold the paintbrush properly in their hand and trace shapes/letters on their paper/canvas.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: They may mix the paint colors together and have large blobs on their page - this will create a cool effect but may need more time to dry.

Playful Questions

What does the sand feel like as you mix the colors?

How can we make a bright rainbow using our sand paint?

Describe how your painting feels as you touch it (once dry).

Does the sand paint feel different than regular paint? How so?

What other things can we add to our paint to change the texture?

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