- 4 oz. glass baby food jars, 1 per child
- Play sand, (see below)*
- 5 or 6 colors of dry tempera paint
- Cotton balls, 1 or 2 per child
- 12 oz. soda bottles with lids, 5 or 6 per table (each rotation)*
* You should base your purchase of sand on the number of
sand dispensers you want. Fresh dispensers for each rotation
are ideal and will ensure that there is enough of each color
for every child.
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Craft glue
- Large plastic container with lid
- Masking tape
- Power drill and ¼-in. drill bit
- Fill a large plastic container with play sand. Then add 3
(or more) heaping teaspoons of one color of dry tempera
paint. Secure the lid and shake!
- Then, based on the number of sand dispensers (plastic
soda bottles) that you need for each color, use a funnel
to fill them to within about 2 inches from the top.
- Repeat this procedure for each color.
- Drill a ¼-in. hole in the lids of the plastic soda bottles.
- Screw the lids onto
Then place a piece
of masking tape
over the holes to
keep the sand from
Class Time Directions
- Put each child's
name on the
bottom of the jar
before adding any sand.
- Take the tape off the soda bottle lid and pour a ¼- to
½-in. layer of colored sand into your jar.
- Do the same thing with another color.
- Add slope to some of your layers by tilting your jar a
bit, slowly and carefully.
- Continue to add layers of colored sand to the very top
of the jar.
- Carefully place one or two cotton balls on top of the
sand. This is to make sure the sand cannot move after
the lid is on.
- Add craft glue to the inside of the lid and then screw on
firmly and tightly.
- Collect the jars until dismissal. Encourage the kids not to
- Consider spray painting the baby food jar lids ahead of
- Seashells glued to the lids make a nice finishing touch.
- Any small jars can be substituted for baby food jars.