The kids and I have been doing more art projects lately. I am NOT artistically inclined, so I just sort of wing it with them. While we do art projects throughout the week, we try to do something special on Fridays. So, today I pulled out the Crayola Play Sand sample that I recently received for review.
The sample that we received for review came in an interlocking stackable container, which is pretty neat, but impractical for toddler art time. The sand comes in pink, purple, green, and blue. I had a few left over spice jars from my spice rack, so I transferred the sand into them and put the sifter lids on them. Today, we used chipboard hearts, Crayola Play Sand, and glue to make simple decorated hearts.
At first I just handed the sand jar to Mister and told him to sprinkle it softly. I learned two things the hard way… #1- ALWAYS put a plate, or something with raised sides, under a sand art project to keep sand from going all over. #2- Toddlers have a completely different definition of sprinkle softly than Mommy’s do.
I helped him with the rest of his sprinkling, and I think his heart turned out quite nice.
Once it dries, I will add a string and display it for the world to see.
The Crayola Play Sand is pretty fine and had to undergo extensive testing at Duke University in order to be certified as a child safe product. The sand is screened, washed, and put through a dust collection process. The colorant of the sand is water based and non-toxic and the sand is designed to be completely submerged in water without losing its color. The sand is very fine and soft to touch. I’ve used pet grade colored sand for lizards before, and it was not nearly as soft as this stuff. It is sold in 5 lb craft buckets and 20 lb bags and can be purchased on Crayola’s website or at your local Wal-Mart.
I used the nifty play sand calculator on Crayola’s site to figure out how much sand I would need to fill a 4ft by 4ft sandbox to a 4 inch depth, and the result was twenty of the 20 lb bags, which is 400 lb. While I would love to fill their sand box with colored sand, it would cost $439.80 if I purchased from the Crayola site ($7.99/bag plus $14/s+h/bag). Considering I can get 400 lb of tan play sand at the local hardware store for under $35, and at this age SAND NEVER STAYS IN THE SANDBOX, I think I’ll stick to colored sand for art projects. I would love to see the sand come in all of the primary colors.
Disclosure- I received a sample of Crayola Play Sand to facilitate my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and are based on my experience. Your experience my differ.