Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sand Art

This summer we have been going to Michael's Craft Store every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for a free craft. They have a passport with different countries and a world map. Each day we get to do two crafts from a country, learn some facts, and stamp our passport. The books have instructions for each craft along with one to do at home. My mother-in-law told me about it halfway through summer, so sadly we missed the first few weeks. Luckily, I have the book with the instructions so I can create those country crafts later on.

The passport and map of countries we are doing crafts of
This week we have been studying water/ocean/beaches, so I was excited to see that we would be doing sand paintings with our study of China. Last winter we were lucky to have a group of Tibetan Monks visit our library to do a mandala sand ceremony, that lasted for three days. It was truly inspiring, and I was so happy they included it as an art form in the passport. Of course, they did not have the children make mandalas but they had four different sticky designs to choose from, which when you peel the paper away you could add colored sand. "A" chose the octopus to stick with our ocean theme. He loved it and I think it is his favorite craft we have done at Michael's so far.
Ancient Art Form of Sand Mandalas that represent peace
Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monks from South India
Our China Passport Page

"A" with his two China Crafts: Sand Painting and Tangram

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