Diggin' Up Treasure

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Diggin' Up Treasure
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

Kids can pan for silver and gold right in their own backyard with this summertime sandbox activity.

What you'll need

  • 20 or so small rocks
  • 1 teaspoon each of silver and gold acrylic paint
  • Waxed paper
Variations:

For a fun party game, give kids 1 minute to uncover as many nuggets as they can.

How to make it

  1. To set it up, first place 20 or so small rocks and 1 teaspoon of silver acrylic paint in a sealable container. Shake the container to coat the rocks, then set them on waxed paper to dry.

  2. Next, rinse out the container, add another batch of rocks plus 1 teaspoon of gold acrylic paint, and repeat the process.

  3. Diggin' Up Treasure - Step 3

    After the rocks have dried completely, bury them in your sandbox and send kids out with toy shovels and sifters to find the treasure.

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