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Sandpaper Sea Star
Sandpaper Sea Star
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This colorful sand art project is the perfect activity for the summer!
This activity is appropriate for:
preschool – 3rd grade / 3 – 8 years
You will need:
- Sea Life Specimen Center
- Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd
- Container of table salt
- Jumbo Chalk Bucket
- Waxed paper
- Painting Bowls - 10-Color Set or clear, resealable quart-sized bags for storage
- Sea star template
- Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 9" x 12" (tan)
- Construction Paper - 9" x 12" (sky blue)
- Lakeshore Glue Sticks or Best-Buy School Glue
- Safety Scissors
- “Sea Star” poem
Before You Begin:
- Spread out several sheets of waxed paper onto a flat work surface.
- Pour about a cup of salt onto each sheet of waxed paper.
- Have students select a chalk color, and encourage them to roll the jumbo chalk in and on top of the salt, pressing firmly so that the salt takes on the color of the chalk.
- Once the salt is mixed to the desired color, help students pour the salt into a bowl or bag.
Note: The process of creating the colored sand is fun, but, for younger students, you may want to prepare it ahead of time.
- Read aloud Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd.
- Explain to students that a starfish is also called a sea star. (Use the Sea Life Specimen Center to let them touch a sea star. Discuss the rough texture.)
- Copy the sea star template onto tan construction paper for each student, and have them cut out the sea star shape. (You may want to precut the sea star shape for younger students.)
- Instruct students to gently spread a thin coat of glue onto the surface of the sea star.
- Then have students sprinkle the colored sand (about a tablespoon at a time) onto the sea star until the colors appear in the desired design.
- Once the sand and glue have dried, discard any loose sand. Have students glue their sea stars onto a sheet of sky blue construction paper along with a copy of the “Sea Star” poem.