How to Make Edible Sand Art with Only 4 Ingredients

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Every summer, parents scramble for adventures and activities to keep the kids occupied. I’ve got a good one for you … how about a craft your kids can eat?

Sand art has always been a fun activity. Kids get a chance to unleash their inner Picasso, layering colorful sand to create beautiful art. But what if you could easily make Edible Sand Art at home? Well you can, with just a few ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry. All you need are four ingredients and a blender or food processor, and your kids will have a fun activity that doubles as a special treat, or a take-home favor at their next party!

Make as many colors as you like by combining primary colors. Pastel or vibrant colors depend on the amount of food coloring you use.

Once you have made your colored sugars (which taste just like Pixy Stix by the way), fill up unique glass bottles or inexpensive plastic test tubes. Simply use a funnel to layer in the colors and in no time your kids will be super excited about what they created!

Image Source: Colleen Kennedy
Image Source: Colleen Kennedy

Edible Sand Art

Makes: 1

1 cup sugar
1/2 a .13-ounce packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid (for flavoring)
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
4-8 drops food coloring

1. Combine all ingredients in your food processor or blender for 1 minute, or until even color is achieved. The more food coloring you use, the darker it will be. When you add the drops of food coloring, start with 4, evenly spread out. If you choose to add more, add 2 more drops at a time, then blend for 30-60 seconds or until incorporated.

2. Repeat for each color you choose to make. You can certainly cut this recipe in half if you want to make smaller batches. Rinse out your food processor/blender in between each batch and be sure it is completely dry before you begin again or clumps may form. (Whirling your food processor/blender when it is empty helps dry it out.) If clumps do form, simply scoop them out.

Notes: This recipe will make 1 cup of 1 color. You can choose to make as many colors as you like. If you wish to make 2 colors from the above recipe, after you combine the sugar, Kool-Aid, and cornstarch, separate the mixture into two parts and color each separately.

Image Source: Colleen Kennedy
Image Source: Colleen Kennedy
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