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Sand art kits make a wonderful hands-on activity at kids’ parties, fairs, or summer camps, providing an interactive project that results in a unique, colorful keepsake. Designed to encourage creative use around colorful sand, whether you’re creating little sand sculptures or sand paintings, these kits provide hours of fun. While the activity can get messy, sand art is an easy form of play and results in works that last a long time. Our picks below will help you find the best sand art kit for your special occasion or for everyday creativity.
1. Kraftic Sand Art Kit
This excellent all-in-one kit will allow young ones to create 10 bottles full of sand, each shaped in fun, gender-neutral designs. These include stars, abstract shapes, and even one that can be turned into a wearable pendant! You get 13 bags of brightly colored sand—the largest selection of colors of any kit we’ve found. The bottles are clear to show off the bold colors and are sized so little ones can easily handle them. The kit also includes an easy-fill funnel and handy stick to push around grains and make designs.
2. Creativity for Kids Rainbow Sandland
This sand kit includes all the supplies to create one large sand display. You get a curved plastic vessel and six bright colors of sand (including one that glitters) to create a fantasy world using the provided funnel and design tool. Once the sand is layered, the provided foam base and top help to keep everything in place. As a final touch, users can decorate the outside with stickers and place a mini unicorn figurine inside. More suitable for individual play than for a group activity, this sand kit is sure to spark your child’s creativity.
3. Toykraft Sand Art Kits
Designed for children ages 3 and up, this kit comes with materials to make pictures built from colorful sand. Kids simply peel off different sections of white images with black outlines, filling them in one by one with sand of their chosen color. The surfaces are reliably tacky, and the sand is sparkling to produce beautiful artworks. Toykraft sells themed kits, like this one of fantasy houses, with each one arriving with three images and a dozen bags of colored sand. As a nice touch, you also get little snap-top containers to keep any leftover sand for when your young artist wants to freestyle their own sand pictures.
4. Kinetic Sand Sandwhirlz
This highly sensory kit offers a fun and creative way to learn about the science of kinetic sand. This sand is coated with silicone oil so it’s elastic, easily moldable, and extra viscous. Simply load different colors into extruder tubes, push down with a plunger, and watch the sand erupt into highly sculptural shapes. You get two extruder tubes, six plungers with different molding shapes, and two pounds of kinetic sand in three colors.
5. Faber-Castell 3D Sand Painting
Use this kit to create highly tactile paintings! You get five bottles of paint that feature fine grains of sand in the primary colors plus white and green. Use the precision-tip tools to decorate the included boards—two come with outlined designs, and three are blank to encourage total creative freedom. On top of that, you also get loose sand and 12 watercolor paints to mix your own sandy paint. We appreciate that this kit comes with thoughtful painting tools—not just a paintbrush but also a palette knife and texturizing tool.