Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids

Art the Navajo Way

Art the Navajo Way easy indoor craft
Art the Navajo Way easy indoor craft
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Create art the Navajo way in this easy indoor craft. The Navajo people have made sand paintings for centuries. This kids' craft can display nature scenes just like real Navajo art: trees, plants, animals, lightning, and other wonders.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard or poster board
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored sand

How to Make Art the Navajo Way:

To make your own nature sand painting, you'll need several colors of sand. You can collect sand from nature, or buy it at a crafts store.

Step 1: Start with a piece of cardboard or poster board. Set your poster board on plenty of old newspapers. Use a pencil to draw a nature picture.

Step 2: Make a mixture of half white glue and half water. Use a paintbrush to paint a thin, even layer of the glue-and-water mixture every place where you want one color of sand.

Step 3: Sprinkle sand over the painted areas. Let dry for a few minutes, then turn your picture over and tap off the extra sand. (Do this over a trash can!)

Step 4: Repeat the process with the next color sand: Paint glue on all the areas that will be the same color. Sprinkle on the sand, let dry, and tap off. Repeat this process until you've finished your sand painting.

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