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Sand Painting

Use sand to create a masterpiece! Draw using your finger or a stick, create a collage, or poke a hole in a plastic bag of sand and let the sand trickle out and paint a picture.

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  • When and where will you have this Adventure?
  • What do you need to bring?
  • What will you draw?
  • What other things can you do at the beach?


  • Fill a small plastic bag with dry sand from high up on the beach and take it down to where the waves have made the sand smooth and dark.
  • Poke a hole in the bag and tickle out the dry sand to “paint” a picture on the dark, damp sand.
  • Your whole team can work together to make a collage of images along the shoreline!
  • Try to draw more than one picture. Use the sand to create new effects.
  • Take some photos before the waves wash the sand clean. Then you can begin new sand collages.


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • What did you draw?
  • What did other people draw?
  • How did you paint with the sand?
  • What other creative things can you do with sand at the beach?

Keep it Simple

  • You can always use a stick to make your pictures in the sand, rather than your finger or other sand. When you want to erase your picture, just pour water over it!

Take it Further

  • Use rocks, sticks, leaves, or anything else you find on the ground to make a collage!