Here's another couple of projects my kids brought home from school before Shavuot. It's customary to decorate the house with flowers before Shavuot, and since I neglected to purchase any flowers this year, these worked perfectly.
My first grader came home with sand art made in a baby food jar. Simple enough for him to do all by himself, which I really likes. And it was topped off by a few simple and yet not-so-easy-to-make-for-a-six-year-old-tissue-paper-flowers. A really good skill for him to have and one that I think he's mastered, so good for him!
My three year old came home with a similiar flower project. Her project had quite a few more steps - they painted wood sticks to use in forming the flowers and the nursery class did a lot more coloring rather than cutting. However, the major difference that I can see was that the nursery did not use colored sand to make the base of their flower project - they made colored sugar! So much fun!
You can see below that the kids layered the colored sugar in clear plastic drinking cups. It's a little hard to see, but after layering the sand, the kids inserted their popsicle stick and button flowers into the sugar. The next step was to squeeze a rather thick layer of glue over the colored sugar to seal it in. Green glitter was used to cover the glue and create grass.
I have never made colored sugar before but it sounded like so much fun. Not having any sugar in the house these days (that clean eating thing again) I couldn't play around with the idea. But I did do a little investigating and here's the how to on the colored sugar:
Pour some sugar into a resealable bag.
Add two drops of food coloring. You can always add more later to make a darker color.
And then shake it some more.
The sugar should be pretty now.
Open the bag to let the sugar dry out a little before crafting with it.
You can also use this sugar to decorate cookies - just remember that there is some not-too-good-for-you food coloring in it so use at your own discretion.
Repeat with other colors.
This sounds like so much fun - I totally plan to do this with the girls in the summer!
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