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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Colored Sand for Sand Art

Each student needs:

  • salt or sand
  • zip-closing bags
  • food coloring
  • newspaper


  1. Pour half cup of salt or sand into a zip-closing bag and add several drops of food coloring.
  2. Close the bag tightly, making sure most of the air is out. (You can add more food coloring to get more vibrant colors.)
  3. Use your fingers (on the outside of the bag) to mix the color into the salt.
  4. Pour the salt or sand in a thin layer on a newspaper and let it dry.
  5. Repeat this for each color, giving each its own piece of newspaper.
  6. When all colors are dry, pick up the papers one at a time and pour the salt back into the bags to store.