After doing crafts with children for a while you learn that very few things attract a kid's attention like a bowl full of colored sand. This is a wonderful craft to make with children of all ages. Our daughter loved playing in the sand which makes this a great sensory activity. She also enjoyed carefully spooning the sand into the container which made this a fun fine-motor skill game as well. We added a funnel to the craft for even more fun. This craft does have a bit of a mess associated with it, but we think it's worth it in the end!

What you'll need:

  • Clean, empty baby food jar
  • Black sharpee marker
  • Green paint
  • Paint brush
  • Green construction paper or foam
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored sand (available at craft stores)
  • Spoon
How to make your Sand Jack O Lantern Craft:
  1. Paint the lid to the baby food jar green. We found it easiest to dab the paint on - it's not the easiest surface to paint.
  2. Draw the face of your jack-o-lantern onto the jar using the marker.
  3. Fill the jar with sand. We used orange for one and all the fall colors for another. A spoon and a funnel make this fun.
  4. Screw the lid back onto the jar. Cut a leaf out of green paper or foam and glue it to the top of the jar.
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