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I lived in Tucson for three years. Once a summer, I got to drive back to Salem for a month. One year, I went to the beach down at Coos Bay. I took a bucket and scooper, and collected about 2 lbs of sand, shells, driftwood, and pretty rocks. Then I went to the ocean, and collected about 2 liters of water. When I got to my daughter's, I separated the sand, shells, wood and water into baby food jars for everyone back home.
You can do something similar even if you don't live close to the ocean. "Play sand" is available in any home improvement store, and you can get shells, driftwood, and rocks from the Dollar Tree. Just add them all together and use regular tap water. I sealed mine with E6000 glue and decorated the top with paint, and sand mixed together, so that it looked like the sand was green and blue.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
Here is a great craft for kids to make and use for passing time.
Approximate Time: 10-20 minutes.
If you want you can paint the outside of the jar or add a list of things that are in the jar for your kids to look for. Warning: It's addicting, you'll be looking for things inside the jar yourself!
By TheMDames from Proctor, TX
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Here are questions related to Crafts Using Sand.
I am trying to glue sand onto a wood block, but the sand won't stay. Any ideas how to maybe create an almost cement out of the sand so it can be molded to wood, harden, and still appear to be sand?
By rubes22 from Boston, MA
By Barb Hopkins09/03/2009
Just a thought - use sand colored paint and mix the sand with it! I have used white paint and mixed sand with it to paint my "snowmen" out of concrete blocks - except the sand darkens it, so I have to spray a coat of white over it - but looks like snow!
Does anybody know how to make colored sand used in sand art, the kind you fill bottles with?
As an elementary teacher, I often took the whitest sand which I could buy. Then I mixed food coloring with sand in a baggie. After that I dried the sand on a metal tray in the oven at 225 degrees. Stir a couple of times to make sure it all completely dries.