Sand bottles are great fun to fill, but remember, don't be too much of an adults and take the fun out of it :)
- Empty Bowls
- Glass Bottles
- Coloured Sand in Bottles (white cap or green cap, white cap work better)
- Kebab Skewers if you are working with older children and adults
Things to probably leave behind - Funnels
What to do?
- We recommend that you give the children the bottles, but you retain the corks, this is because the corks will be easily lost and misplaced.
- Position your glass bottle in the bowl, the flat bottoms of the bowls mean that the bottle stands nice and steady in the bowl
- Use the sand bottles to dribble the coloured sand into the glass bottles.
- The white cap bottles are better for this because you can angle the spout which lets you create patterns. Its also a slower more controlled flow.
- Alternate colours to create your colours.
- You can use the skewer to either push down or pull up the sand against the sides of the bottles - this creates very pretty effects.
- When the bottle is filled, apply the stopper/lid. If you want to add a bit of glue on the stopper this will prevent it being re-opened.
How much sand does each bottle use?
This photo below shows a finished full sand art bottle. It also shows the set of sand bottles that were used in this activity - all of these bottles were full when we started. A bottle uses about 200g of Sand.
What about doing this at my normal Tables & Bowls set up?
Yes, you could do this with the commercial tables, or with your tables and bowls. What we would recommend is that you have a work table where the children can use the sticks to create their patterns. You could use funnels in this situation. However, remember that with funnels it all becomes much simpler, quicker and probably less fun. (If you approach this as quest to make it as simple and flawless as possible you will remove elements of creativity and fun.)
How much does it cost - and how much should I charge.
Your costings for this activity are 50p for the sand, and £1.50 for the bottle, so your costs are £2.00 per item.
There are no other costs for the use of consumable equipment such as paints/moulds/pens etc with this craft activity.
We recommend that you retail this activity for £4 to £5.
Your costings are £1 for the lightbulb, and 25-30p for the sand. So your costs are £1.30 per item.
There are no other costs for the use of the consumbable equipment such as paints/moulds/pens etc with this craft activity.
We recommend that your retail this activity between £2.50-£3
Remember - Like A5/A4 pictures, remember to offer and display both - this is because the £4 for the 16cm bottle looks much better value when compared against the £3 for the smaller lightbulb. Visual upsells are always the best.
Warning - No Competing Products
Please remember that as Kids Bee Happy consultants you have signed an agreement not to sell or provide competing products. Kids Bee Happy deems small shaped plastic bottles and other receptacles to be considered as competing products. (It always has, and the release of these products hasn't changed that).
Please remember why this clause is in place, it is in place to
(a) Ensure all Kids Bee Happy customers get a consistent high quality experience, regardless of location or consultant.
(b) That all products provide a profitable activity for yourself, whilst providing a high quality value for money activity for our customers.
(c) Proven, tested products, that comply with H&S, Safety Standards, etc
(d) Minimise our Environmental Impact - High quality products are better designed, kept rather than disposed of, long lasting, and as environmentally considerate as possible.