Create a beachy scene this summer using sand and glue! This landscape-inspired art activity is a great accompaniment to a special summer vacation or even just a trip to the beach one day. Use sand from a fun beach trip or buy colored craft sand at an art supply store to create a seascape that brings the beach into your home.
This activity will help to teach your second grader learn about basic art terms such as perspective, foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line. This project also encourages creative thinking, problem solving skills, and aesthetic development.
What You Do:
- Take a look at an ocean scene. This is a great activity for vacations! Allow your child to take a photo if possible. If you do not have access to the beach, this activity can be easily done by using ocean memories or by looking at pictures. Try reading some non-fiction ocean and beach books with your child. Make sure that the books chosen are packed with illustrations or photographs.
- Ask your child to sketch a seascape - a picture of an ocean scene - on the cardboard. Reuse a cereal or cracker box instead of buying special cardboard sheets. Her scene may include water, the sky, a beach, seagulls or rocks. Whatever she likes! It may be easiest for your child to start by drawing a horizon line that divides the earth or water from the sky. As she sketches, encourage her to create different layers of perspective to give the scene depth. This will create a beautiful effect when she uses different colored sand for each layer.
- Have your child paint the glue over the cardboard. The sand will be placed on top of the glue, so make sure that the cardboard is painted in sections to avoid quick drying. The glue may be thinned with a small amount of water for easier spreading.
- Sprinkle sand over the glue in sections. Encourage your child to try different colors for different parts. For example, use a blue and green sand mixture for the water, a yellow and orange mix for the beach, and a light blue for the sky.
- After each section is completed ask your child to gently tap and shake any excess sand off onto newspaper or any other surface. This sand can be reused later.
After your child’s sand seascape has dried, display it in a prominent place. If you have used a photo from a vacation as inspiration, you can hang the two side by side. It's a great way to make those summer memories last!
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.