You know that moment when see some crazy product while shopping and think: "I could make that myself!" - OR - "they expect people to pay money for that?!"?
Yep, that's where I live.
So, when I see these novelty 'Zen gardens' (a glorified box full of sand and a wee rake... for sale) you guessed it, I think "I could make this for my daughter who loves drawing in the sand!".
So I did.
So, here it is...
A dollar store wooden box (with lid)... or any shallow box you have around the house.
Chopstick or Branch
I painted the bottom of the box to help contrast against the salt sketching.
Let dry. Pour in a shallow layer of salt.
Now your kids can sketch/write/scratch away!
"Look Azriel, Mama wrote the letter 'A'... now you try... yep, nailed it".
To the right, you'll see what Azi always draws without exception: a "Dragon". Love her.
And, as usual, she just has to get her hands in it.
Which makes for some salty thumb-sucking, take her word for it.
Hmm, all this creating n' cholesterol is making me hungry for fries.