We made these fun (again with the messy!) Japanese Karesansui Mini-Gardens today.
The idea behind the creation of the sand garden was to symbolize nature using natural materials such as stones, sand and gravel. The gravel was raked in order to create the illusion of rippling water. The use of plants was kept to the bare minimum.
I searched for those cute little rakes, but didn’t find any that were cheap so I ended up making my own. I have wooden pieces in our craft closet so I glued some small wood sticks onto a wood square then topped it off with another wood square to make small little rakes. They worked quite well I thought and were a good size for small hands.
We practiced tracing around the rocks, then took them off and did designs then added them back on. (Just a tip from the trenches here, but even though I had these nice little containers for our gardens, sand did end up all over.)
My preschooler made a drawing of her with Jesus which I thought was cute, “no rocks” she said “Jesus is the rock!” Then I tried to make her write letters in the sand, but she didn’t want to mess up her Jesus so we’ll do that another day!
Here is my son’s he drew a fish, I think the rock is it’s eye.
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