Check out how to dye sand and make colorful sand castles at the beach.
Our spring break trip was to Gulf Shores, Alabama. I just love the white sand beaches around the Gulf of Mexico. Before we left I planned some beach crafts and brought along the supplies for creative fun.
Dye Sand at the Beach
The first activity was coloring sand. We dyed sand with food coloring. It’s super simple and fun! We just placed some sand into a plastic bag, added the food coloring, and shook it up to get color into all the sand. Zip up your bag and let young kids help out. It’s like magic watching the sand turn a color.
It’s important to use non-toxic food coloring as to not hurt the water supply or animals. We just had four colors; red, yellow, blue, and green. We combined them to make other colors. We achieved different shades of a single color by controlling the amount of food coloring we used in each bag. My daughter came up with a rainbow of colors.
She created this rainbow design on the beach which got a lot of attention. Many people came over and took photos of it. It was so pretty!
Make Colorful Sand Castles
My daughter and husband had a lot of fun making colorful sand castles. They put layers of various colors to make some really cool looking sand castles. Unbelievably the sand castles stayed in place for several hours. We went back to take a look around sunset time and they were finally smashed.
A lot of rain came in overnight and the rough surf reshaped the beach a little bit. There was just a little bit of the green left when we checked the next day. It was fun making beach art even though it was lost forever. Have you ever colored your own sand?