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Lesson Plans

coloring sand

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Karen Keifer-Boyd (abkkb)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 16:08:02 -0600 (CST)

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For large batches of colored sand I buy 100lb. bags of white sand.
I just add liquid tempera paint and have the kids stir the sand in large 5
gallon buckets. Usually for K-1 the kids stand on the playground in a
circle formed like the color wheel so the purple bucket person decides
where to go in the circle. The sand is wet with the tempera so the dust
is not a problem. But children should have the option of wearing a dust
mask. Then we spread the wet colored sand on trays, allow to dry, and as
it dries kids mix it around so it does not dry in lumps. Kids like to mix
it and feel it as it dries and it makes enough for the whole school (K-6)
to use for several years.


Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Art, Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409-2081
(806)742-3010 (phone)
(806)742-1971 (fax)
KarenKB (email)

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