Last Saturday Jake was wondering around the house bored, looking for something to do. I played a game of cards with him and then I hauled out a sand art craft kit we've had for a couple of years. Jake wasn't wildly enthusiastic, but he was willing to give it a try. He picked out a bottle (second to the left in the photo) and started filling it with sand. Sand dust particles clung to the sides of the bottle which was very annoying, so Jake poured the sand out and I washed the bottle. It didn't help at all; the dust still clung to the sides of the bottle, but now in addition there were fine water droplets. !!! This was not a high end sand art kit.
Jake continued to work on the project, but with waning interest. Viva came over and (of course) was very interested, so Jake took a break and Viva filled two bottles (the two on the right). She would have filled the last one, too, but I said she had to give Bentley a chance. He said he wanted to try it and he filled the final bottle in the kit. Jake finished filling his bottle and we got to throw the kit box away. We have a little more space on that craft shelf now. YES! And the children were happy with their final products. That was good, too!
I cannot comprehend how they make the intricate designs they do. Crazy!
Lincoln and Evan have their own sand to play with. It's called kinetic sand: 98% sand and 2% polymer. The ads claim it sticks to itself and not to you, but after the kids have played with it we find bits of it all over the table, chair, and floor, so it's not mess free by any means. They can mold it and it holds its shape which is nice. I think it's kind of freaky because instead of flowing like normal sand, it oozes in a most unnatural manner. Lincoln and Evan like playing with it.