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Re: colored sand

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Christine Merriam (ktwnldy.az.us)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 11:15:52 +0000

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For the folks looking for a recipe, this is from a first grade teacher
in our school. She does not use sand, she uses salt and pastels. (She
uses this in layers in babyfood jars for the students to make a gift
for their parents... it looks like like landscapes)
Here is her Recipe:
Only salt and poster chalk (those big thick sticks of chalk) for
bright colors. We used those Chinet paper bowls and put some salt in
each one and then stirred the stick around in the salt to create the
intensity of color desired. The rough paper bottom of the bowl and
the friction of the salt helped to mix the color. Plastic bowls do
not work. I suppose you could somehow grind up the chalk first and
mix it into the salt too. But little kids like the tactile exercise
of mixing and watching the color emerge.

Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School


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