When we went to New Mexico this past summer to visit my sister, brother in law and my niece we stayed at a fabulous resort called the Hyatt Tamaya. It was a great place to stay. It was beautiful and I loved that they had so much to do. We loved the nightly s'mores and the pools. Noah loved going down the water slide repeatedly. They even offered classes and crafts you could sign up to do. Noah would have done them all but he decided on the sand art tile class.
When you think of sand art, you think of brightly colored sand in bottles that looks cool for about thirty seconds until you breathe, drop it or it gets shaken up. Then it's just a bottle of rainbow colored mess. My brother in law is from New Mexico so he had an idea of what Noah was going to do. I knew it wasn't going to be little bottles of sand but something amazing. Here's an idea of what you can do if you receive a sand art kit as a gift. Stop putting it in bottles and create something cool.
Sand Art Tiles
Terra Cotta Tiles
Different colored sand you can buy bags of it at the craft store.
Start out by lightly drawing your design on the tile with pencil. It's easier than just free handing it later.
Decide on the colors of sand you would like to use and plan accordingly.
You need to do all the parts of the same color at the same time. Place some glue on the design on the tile.
Carefully in a baking dish sprinkle the sand over the glue. Tap off any excess.
Remove the left over sand in the baking dish. Try to not mix the colors of sand by turning it different ways. Be very careful not to touch it because it smears easily.
Let dry for 24 hours.
I loved talking to the woman and hearing about how the people who lived in the pueblo would use sand for celebrations, for prayers for healing and remembrance. They would just make designs using different types of sand on the ground. This sand art tile will last
much longer than a sand art bottle.
You can trace hands or even cover your child's foot in glue and make a print and have a sandy foot print.
It's an interesting way to memorialize your child's art work or name or even a favorite quote.