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Sandcastle Art with Preschoolers

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

process art collage with text: Sandcastle Process Art for Preschoolers

This has been quite the week! On Tuesday, we not only learned about sandcastles, but we also talked about a really cool place that has pink sand!


Our Community Challenge for the day meant exploring the color pink and discussing Komodo Island in Indonesia.

red and white paint mixed on a paper plate to make pink

We were supposed to use red and white paint to make pink and we did, but we did it at the art table during centers in small groups.

beach with pink sand

I sat down with the first group and showed them the beautiful picture of the pink sand beach on Komodo Island that was included in our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) curriculum and then poured a small amount of both pink and white paint on a paper plate.

preschooler adding glue to process art

We took turns mixing the two colors together until we had a gorgeous shade of pink.


This is where things seriously got fun!

preschooler sprinkling sand on process art

Our invitation to create for today was Sandcastle, so each preschooler was given a piece of sand patterned paper, a piece of blue cellophane and of course background paper.

preschooler's process art with pink paint, sand and blue paper

The thing I love the most about the process art activities that are included in our Experience Preschool curriculum kits is that the kiddos get to do their own thing.


There's no end product that their art work is supposed to look like and they get lots of options as far as materials and mediums.

sandcastle process art with pink paint and sand on blue paper

This morning was definitely no different. I gave each child the supplies and they got busy creating.


Some preschoolers created simple works of art using just the basic supplies that we had out on the table and others got more things to use from the art center.


Not only did we make pink paint, but we also ended up making pink sand too!

preschooler adding pink sand to artwork

We added a bit of red food coloring to the natural sand that was included in today's discovery bag and the children has a wonderful time combining all of these things to create their very own sand castles, oceans and pink beaches.


It was so great to see all of today's learning culminate with these amazing mixed media art pieces.

preschooler's finished sandcastle process art

The preschoolers used their creative thinking and problem solving skills to really explore all of the different topics that we learned about today and I couldn't be more thrilled with the end result!


I love that Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) gets us thinking and talking and learning together. You know, because even I learned something new today.


Don't forget to check back next week to see more of our adventures with this month's Island Treasure theme!

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