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Sand Art on the Light Table

We love watching videos of sard art stories on the light table. For this month's art theme in the Light & Reflection series we decided to try sand art with light ourselves!

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We began with a pan of sand on the light table. Our  preschooler E drew with her fingers first for a sensory pre-writing experience.

She tried chop sticks as a writing tool which was an excellent way to practice fine motor skills

Even for adults, creating art with the negative space the light shines through as the sand is pushed away is an acquired skill. As we moved sand we accidentally covered up the art we had previously created. I could see my daughter getting frustrated as she attempted to sprinkle grains of sand on her pictures to add details. 

Her sprinkling gave me an idea! I wondered if the sand was fine enough to trickle out of our squeeze bottles.

Oh, it worked beautifully! We could create sand art on the light table in a totally different way with this technique!

As we added details and layered the sand to draw, the air from the bottles would also add a cool effect as it gently blew some sand away (as you can see in the swirl beneath the star below)! At this point my daughter enjoyed watching me draw as she requested subjects for the artwork.

Adults and kids alike will love this soothing way to create art with light. Try it and I promise you will be hooked along with your kids!

Each month we join with the best light table blogs to bring you the Light & Reflection series:

Glue Art on the Light Table: Suncatcher Craft for Kids from Where Imagination Grows

Abstract Window Art from And Next Comes L

No Mess Painting on the Light Table from Happily Ever Mom

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