Last week we read about the people of the Americas in Story of the World. There was a brief section on North, South, and Central America. There will be more information on these civilisations in future volumes, this was just a quick introduction. One of the suggested activities for this chapter was to make a Native American sand painting. I didn’t have any coloured sand so I needed a simple way to make some. The AG suggested food dye or powdered paints. I was afraid these would stain our fingers, so I googled for another method.
There are heaps of methods online, but I needed something simple so I went with grated chalk as demonstrated here. The chalk doesn’t really make coloured sand, more like grated chalk mixed with sand. It worked for our purposes. The kids really enjoyed grating the chalk. (Look at the different ways they are sitting/crouching while grating their chalk. Cute!)
Fun, but a bit messy. Chalk was everywhere by the time we were done…hands, clothing, faces, dog…
In the chapter on the Americas we learned about Nazca line drawings in Peru. I found a colouring page of the monkey and printed them off for them to use for their sand art. Not exactly Native American sand art like the project is supposed to be, so I also printed off something more Native American-looking, but they all chose the monkey. I explained that we wanted to do one colour at a time and demonstrated on my own paper how to do one colour and then dump the extra sand back in the plate, in an attempt to keep the colours separate. They followed that really well and only forgot a couple of times. I put the glue down for them a section at a time and they covered the glue in sand.
Some of the glue went on too thick and was a bit gloopy, dripping and spreading a bit. If we do this again I’ll use a different glue bottle with a smaller tip.
They were all very interested in this project, we saved the rest of our coloured sand for another time!