We had another desert-y co-op yesterday based around the book, The Gullywasher.
Here are my basic instructions for this crafty project.
~Cardstock or Construction Paper glued to card. We used brown construction paper.
~Different colors of sand; I purchased a very large multi-pack at Hobby Lobby for about $6 (I had a 40% off coupon!)
~Salt Shakers filled with the different colors of sand.
~Glue thinned a bit with water
~Paintbrushes (a variety of sizes)
~Cactus Pattern, if desired
~Pencils (if you are using a light background) or white crayons (if you are using a dark background)
The very first thing we did was look at pictures of various desert sunsets.
1. Decide if you want to use your paper veritically or horizontally (portrait or landscape).
2. Draw a horizon line.
3. Add a sun or draw another line across the paper for a yellow strip of sun.
4. Add cactus plants. Some students wanted to use templates; others wanted to draw their own.
5. Draw more lines across the page to represent other strips of color for the sunset.
6. Paint some thinned glue on the bottom of the desert. Sprinkle brown sand on it. Shake off excess.
7. Paint some glue on the sun and sprinkle yellow or orange sand on it. Shake off excess.
8. Glue and sprinkle sand to the cacti. Shake off excess.
9. Finish layers of sky with colors of sand.
Elijah’s finished picture at home on the clipboard (on the wall)