Since today is all about love, I'm going to share a simple DIY activity that all of my kids adore! They just might be doing a Valentine's Day version of it today. I already have the red and pink sand ready to go!
When aqua sand first arrived in the stores, my kids begged for it. I was skeptical, and I never ended up buying it. I did, however, discover that you can easily make it yourself for much cheaper!
I originally shared an adapted version of our DIY Aqua Sand in one of my Camp Mom posts over the Summer. My kids immediately loved it, and it quickly became a new favorite. It's so much fun that I thought it deserved its own feature!
- Sand (I bought colored sand from Dollar Tree)
- Large Container
- Scotch Guard Fabric Protector
- Foil and large freezer bags
- Put individual sheets of aluminum foil down on a large piece of cardboard.
- Dump each color of sand into large freezer bags.
- In a very well-ventilated area, with your nose and mouth covered, spray the Scotch Guard into the freezer bag until the sand is saturated. Zip the bag shut and shake to disperse.
- Sprinkle the sand into a thin layer on one sheet of foil and allow to dry overnight.
- After it dries, dump the sand into small cups.
- Fill a large container with warm water.
- Hold a funnel over the top of the container, and pour each color of sand through the funnel and into the container.
- Continue with each color, making designs along the way!
Not only is this a fun activity, but it's a great science experiment, too! Scotch Guard repels water, so the Scotch Guard coated sand immediately repels the water upon entering the container, and forms solid, tube-like spirals. It is very cool to watch!
The best thing about DIY Aqua sand is that you can use it over and over again! When you're finished playing, simply drain the water out of the container, and store the sand in a separate container or Ziploc bag. Obviously, if you use multiple colors, they do get mixed. No worries! Watching the colors mixing together the next time it's used is very neat, too!
When the DIY Aqua Sand stops repelling water, repeat steps 1-4, and it will be as good as new!
We do this activity often, but my kids are mesmerized every single time!
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