For part of my childhood I lived in Washington State, about an hour south of Seattle in a city called Puyallup (I know it’s weird looking, it’s said like: Pew-al-lup). Not much happens in Puyallup 90% of the year. When September hits, though, Puyallup comes alive. It’s not just a dot on the map in September all because of the Washington State Fair. It’s huge. People come from all over the state, maybe even farther. There’s a full list of fun concerts, a hypnotist, and the best scones with raspberry jam I have EVER tasted! Besides scones and music, though, I remember in my much younger years making sand art with my sister. Filling oddly shaped bottles with layers upon layers of colored sand, creating what seemed to us as the masterpiece of the year. We’d make these colorful layered art and keep them on our dresser or shelves for years. They always served as a memory of the time we spent as a family at the Washington State Fair.
Now, remember a week or so ago when we used crushed rainbow cereal as the star of a process art project? (If You Missed It..Check It Out Here). We loved the whole process so much that I had to find another project for us to do with the cereal sand, as I’m calling it. While brainstorming, the memory of these coveted sand art bottles popped in my head. YES! Crush up rainbow cereal & layer it in jars! YES! So that is what we did!
Just like our Crushed Rainbow Cereal Process Art, we sorted the cereal by color. Taking each color individually, I put them in the food processor. My daughter of course had to turn it on or pulse it, touching buttons is fun, right?
(How much cereal will depend on how big the bottle you’re using is. I used about 3/4 cup whole cereal, per color).
When the cereal becomes sand, I poured it into individual little dishes. When each one was turned into sand, we grabbed an empty bottle with a lid. I used a Starbucks Frap bottle, but any bottle with a lid would do. (Baby food jars, salsa jars..think recycling!)
Using a funnel, she scooped each color up with a spoon and poured it into the bottle. There is no rhyme or reason to how much she chose for each color. Whenever it ‘looks good’, it’s enough.
We had a little space left in the bottle and no ‘sand’ left so I put a cotton ball at the top and screwed the lid on. The next step will cover the cotton ball anyway.
I then took two 3 inch squares of fabric, laid them on the top of the bottle, and secured with a rubber band. Then I tied a pretty ribbon (mine was actually leather cord, but anything would do) around it and viola. How beautiful did it turn out.
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I always like to throw in a little learning or developmental exercise into anything we do, whether it’s spelling out a word or counting. This sand art activity allowed for multiple little add-ins. Just to name a few…
- Sort the cereal into colors.
- Count how many of each color and put in order from most to least, or vise versa.
- Review how to spell each color.
- Scooping & Pouring
DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown)
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse
Sea Glass Suncather by The Gingerbread House
Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me MommyNature Gifts by Nemscok Farms