Sunday, September 14, 2008

Unplugged - Sand

We started this week's project with a call to my sis. When I told her the theme, the first thing she said was, "You can mix sand with Elmer's glue and then mold it into different shapes..." That sounded perfect for us! We have a sandbox full of sand, plenty of glue, and some really cool candy molds that look like shells. So I gave E the ingredients and she stirred away, until the goup was about the consistency of clay. Then she pressed clumps of it into the molds and we set them in the sun to dry. Some of them disintegrated because we didn't press them in tight enough, but the starfish came out pretty cool.

The next day, I glued some sandpaper to a piece of cardboard (the back of a cereal box) to represent the beach, and I collected some shells, sea glass, and "watery" looking things for a collage. Having learned from past projects, I only put out what I thought E would use...nothing extra, nothing that she couldn't do herself. She had a grand time gluing each treasure onto the sand, and she loved the waves I had cut out of shiny paper. The result was a very pretty 3-D collage, with only one rogue wave (bottom left corner).


As we worked, we talked about our beach vacations this summer, jumping in the ocean and visiting with family. We don't keep all of our craft projects, but I might have to find a shadow box for this one. It's a keeper.

9 comments:

reprehriestless warillever said...

Those are beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

Dayna said...

nice job! great idea :)

Bobbie said...

I love this collage!! all we did was sand painting probably like everyone else!!

I didnt know that you could make molds out of sand and glue!!

Michie said...

That's a pretty collage. We might have to try doing something like that!

Gottfredsen said...

What fun ideas. Thanks for the great ideas.

Ashley said...

The molded sand sounds so fun! We will have to try it...wish I'd brought back some sand from the beach. Oh wait! It's all in my washer;)

juliekintaiwan said...

I really like how you used your sand project again in the collage. She made a lovely design.

The Gozlings said...

Sand and glue mushed together! The boys will love it!

Mom Unplugged said...

That is gorgeous! What a great idea! The sandpaper sand looks really realistic and I like the starfish!

 
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