For this art activitiy I first colored his glue to make it more fun. We did this in daycare all of of the time and I forgot about it until I was setting-up. You simply add 5-6 drops of color to the bottle, shake it up and you have yourself some much more exciting glue!
I then opened up the holes a bit more on an empty seasoning shaker by twisting kitchen shears into the holes until the colored rice I planned for him to shake onto his picture came out well enough. I also used a shaker with sand in it. After he simiply poured the sand all over his picture, I learned that I needed to tape many of the holes closed! There's a few easy ways to color sand as well, but this was a project prepared on the fly so we went with natural sand.
I then cut some cardboard to back the paper with and taped them together. When doing big glue projects with young children (like this one, or collages) it's often wise to do this to add strength.
Now it was time to have fun! Ty's task was to put glue all over the paper, then to shake the sand and colored rice onto it. Seems simple, but I promise it's typically a lot of fun for this age!
I wasn't sure if Ty would be ready to squeeze glue from a bottle yet, and he wasn't able to do effectively without help squeezing. I had an old plate and paintbrush ready in case. I simply put a pile of glue on the plate and let him paint the glue on. Much easier for him to do on his own! I'm thinking of trying some small, round squeeze bottles for glue in the future though.
He was quite intrigued by "painting" with such a sticky, thick substance!