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Ocean in a Bowl



Art & Creation


Level I


45 min

Best suited for

Individuals, Small groups


6-10 yrs




With this hands-on activity, you can make your very own ocean in a bowl! Using hydrophobic sand, you will make colorful coral reefs and add special ocean touches throughout the summer and beyond.

Skills & Benefits

  • Experience different materials such as hydrophobic sand

  • Explore your creativity by making your own coral reef design

Safety & More

  • May need a drop cloth if you are painting with younger children.  

  • For this activity tempera is recommended for paints.  

  • Paint is non-toxic, but it is advised to keep away from the eyes and mouth.  

  • It typically will wash out of clothing before it dries, but it could stain clothes.  Dress in 'paint' clothes or use a smock/apron.

  • Use non-toxic paints, gels, glosses, etc. 

  • If you are using a hot glue gun you may need parental support.

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