November 30, 2022

DIY Coloured Sand!

DIY Coloured Sand

I remember going to Rainbow Beach when I was a kid and I had so much fun collecting the beautiful rainbow coloured sand & making little coloured jars like the ones above.

I thought…how can I re-create this is my own home for my kiddos to experience. I knew that salt had the same consistency as sand and since I had a whole bag of it sitting in my cupboard, I thought if I combined that with some food colouring, you can’t go wrong…it turns out, I was right!

So all you need is two household ingredients to make sand at your place.

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Salt & 

Food colouring!

Pour one cup of salt (for each colour) into a zip lock bag

Add some  food colouring  (we used about 10 – 15 drops per bag)

Squish & squelch the sand around until the salt has been covered evenly

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Leave the zip lock bags open for a few hours to dry and then you are ready for play! Sand is a great for sensory play in a tub, it can be used for artwork  – simply swirl glue onto paper & stick on your sand. You can make sand castles or can make the pretty bottled sand that I was so fond of as a little girl!

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8 thoughts on “DIY Coloured Sand!

  1. I love all you posts and ideas, they are so good that i repost them in my blog for ideas for parents to do with kids. We also try some of them in our playgroup.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. My kidfo love to go to beach and play with sand. I want to make colored sand for her. Im so happy I found your blog. I just want to ask if am I going to use the powdered food color or the liquid since we’re going to use salt.
    Thank you.

  3. Have just discovered your website…..I’m so excited….I am a mum but my girls are 24 & 27 but have given me each 2 beautiful granddaughters. Your activities are easy & simple that the 3 of us (not the big girls) can have fun & memories together. Alas I was a working mum & didn’t have as time as I have now. I have spent the last the 4 hours writing down all fun things to do………the only problem I want to do them all in ONE day…..THANK-YOU

    1. Wow – what a lovely comment :). Thank you so much!! We love that you love our page and we can’t wait to share more fun crafts and activities with you and your grandchildren :). Louise xx

  4. I’m a single mom and my son and I are looking for fun things to make all the time. We’ll I just recently started working a club at his school called getting crafty with miss anna ( me ). Well I was looking for ways to make home made sand and I fell in love with this. Much cheaper then buying real sand and it’s every day stuff you use at home. I really enjoyed finding your site and others like it for all sorts of home made craft supplies. Thank you for sharing your tips. Can’t wait to start making the sand for my club.

    1. Awww, that sounds like a lovely idea Miss Anna! Those kids are so lucky to have you! So glad you liked our DIY Sand and hope you pop back for plenty of other ideas! Good luck & thank you for taking the time to say such lovely things 🙂 Jenni x

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