What You'll Need:
- Clean sand
- Pot or bowl
For thousands of years, people have mixed sand with other natural ingredients to make bricks, pots, and other things they need. You can do the same thing.
Step 1: With the help of a parent or adult, boil some water.
Step 2: For each cup of clean sand, mix 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of boiling water in a sturdy pot or bowl.
Step 3: Stir the mixture several times as it cools.
Step 4: Shape the mixture into pots and jars, or make sculptures of animals or other shapes.
Step 5: To harden the concrete, bake your creations in a 300 degrees F oven for one hour. Let it cool completely before handling.
Use nature to communicate in a different way than making works of art. Try making the painted message stones on the next page.
For more ideas on nature-related crafts and activities to do with kids, see: