Hands On Crafts for Kids
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By Andrea Rothenberg


Main supplies:

  • Styrofoam® sheets – ½” thick
  • Activa® Scenic Sand – vivid, glitter or neon colors
  • Beacon™ Foam Finish™
  • Graph paper

    Basics supplies:
  • Craft stick
  • Plastic knife
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper – larger than the letter
When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


1. Either cut or draw a 6” x 10” section on the graph paper. The letters are 10” tall and either 6” or 8” wide if it is a wider letter like; W, M, K, X, B, R, and D. The sections or lines of each letter are 2” wide. Begin to make your letter on the graph paper by marking off the straight lines 2” wide. The curves of the letters will become straight line for now. Shade the squares of the graph paper to form the letter. Cut the letter out. If you want, now you can round off the corners.
2. Lay the paper letter on top of the Styrofoam® and trace the letter onto it. Carefully use a plastic picnic knife to cut out the letter from the Styrofoam®. A sawing motion works well.
3. Lay the cut out letter face up on the scrap paper. Use the craft stick to stir the Foam Finish™ until it is smooth and creamy. Use the craft stick to spread an even coat of Foam Finish™ all over the front of the letter making sure the whole surface is covered.
4. Snip a corner off of each bag of colored sand you want to use. Sprinkle the sand on top of the areas of the letter that you’ve chosen for that color. Continue adding colors of sand until the entire letter is covered. Let dry.
5. Shake off the excess sand onto the scrap paper and throw away.


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