Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Publication: Sep 18, 2017

Inside: Nazca Lines craft for kids learning about Peruvian culture and history.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017! At the end of this post, find our Multicultural Kid Blogs HHM giveaway for some fun prizes. Today I’m sharing an exploratory Nazca lines craft. The project gives hands-on feel for these marvels of Peru, and how they were made.

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In the Peruvian desert, there’s an unsolved mystery: deep lines, etched into the sand, that form pictures. You can find a monkey, a hummingbird, a spider, geometric shapes, and more. They can only be seen from far above, and are at least 1500 years old—perhaps older. Why are these mammoth shapes there? How were they designed and thought of, at a time before airplanes? No one knows, though there are many theories. We just know they’re a fascinating puzzle! The Nazca lines are one of the reasons it’s so interesting to explore Peru.

If you’d like to learn more, check out the links below. Otherwise, Nazca Lines Craft”>click here to skip to the craft!

WHAT ARE THE NAZCA LINES?

The Lines of Nasca, from National Geographic Information and Lots of Pictures from Atlas Obscura Brief overview:

Short BBC Introduction to the Nazca Lines (17:54 min.):

Documentary of the Nazca Lines (45 min.):

Documentary in Spanish (27 min.):

NAZCA LINES CRAFT

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Sand (3 Pounds | Real Sand | Natural Color | For Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand Crafts, Nautical Theme Design, and More“>best if you can get thick, uneven sand)

Glue Cardstock Paper Creative Arts by Charles Leonard Stubby Flat Paint Brushes, Assorted Colors, 10/Set (73290)“>

Thick, flat paintbrush Watercolor paint brush (or something with a fine, round tip)

Red paint and brown paint, optional

Nazca Lines Craft

WHAT TO DO

First, make the background to the lines: the desert. This desert is covered with a layer of reddish stones. Begin by mixing the paint and glue. Use about half as much glue as paint. If you want, mix some red and brown paint so it looks more like the real desert.

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Using a thick brush, spread the mixture all over the paper. Now you have your desert!

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Next, etch drawings into the sand. You can imitate the original drawings (find examples here), or you can come up with your own designs. Use the end tip of the watercolor brush to clear away the sand mixture and create a design. Make sure to do this right away, before the sand and glue dry. Just like the original creators of the Nazca lines cleared away the top layer of reddish pebbles, you’ll let the white under-layer show through.

Nazca Lines Craft

My little ones at home just made up their own designs!

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If you are fascinated by Peru and want to learn more, check out my All About Peru mini-book or 10 Fun Facts about Peru post. If you are looking for more Nazca Lines crafts or projects, try this Nazca STEM Project from All Done Monkey as well!

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We are so excited for our sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month series and giveaway! Through the month (September 15 – October 15), you’ll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can enter to win in our great giveaway and link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage!

September 15 Embracing Diversity on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 10 Fun Facts About Dominican Republic

September 18 Spanish Mama: Nazca Lines – Exploratory Art Project

September 19 Hispanic Mama

September 20 Inspired by Family

September 21 Spanish Mama

September 22 Mundo Lanugo

September 25 Spanish Playground

September 26 All Done Monkey

September 27 Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

September 29 Pura Vida Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

October 2 Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes on Multicultural Kid Blogs

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Giveaway begins September 15 and goes through October 15, 2017. Enter below for a chance to win one of these amazing prize packages! Some prizes have shipping restrictions. In the event that a winner lives outside the designated shipping area, that prize will then become part of the following prize package. For more information, read our full giveaway rules.

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GRAND PRIZE

From Mariana Iranzi: A digital copy of her new CD Primavera From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Arriba Abajo (digital copy if outside the US) From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US) From World Music with Daria: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Musical Craft and Coloring E-Book From Gus on the Go: Spanish Alphabet Print (US Shipping Only) & single-use promo code for Spanish for kids language app From Lectura Para Niños: A set of printable little readers, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet. Designed to last the entire school year, with one new book each week plus several review weeks included throughout the set

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1ST PRIZE

From Mariana Iranzi: A digital copy of her new CD Primavera From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Arriba Abajo (digital copy if outside the US) From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US) From World Music with Daria: Set of maracas and a Spanish fan – US Shipping Only From Gus on the Go: Spanish Alphabet Print (US Shipping Only) & single-use promo code for Spanish for kids language app

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From Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: A print copy of Cántale a tu bebé with music download – US Shipping Only From 123 Andrés: A copy of the CD Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! (digital copy if outside the US) From Spanish Playground: Set of books, crafts, and toys from Latin America – US Shipping Only From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US) From Lee and Low Books: Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertadRainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoírisMamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterresteMarisol McDonald and the Monster/Marisol McDonald y el monstruo – US Shipping Only

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From Carole P. Roman: Set of If You Were Me and Lived In… books on Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and the Mayan Empire – US Shipping Only From Mister G: A copy of the new CD Mundo Verde/Green World (digital copy if outside the US) From Sarah Aroeste: A copy of the new Ladino/English bilingual picture book Ora de Despertar/Time to Wake Up – US Shipping Only

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4 Comments

  1. I love all of the cultural ideas that you share!

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  2. I’d like to do the Nazca sand art for my class of 14 students.
    What are the measurements for each drawing for sand, paint and glue?
    Thank you so much.

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    • I use regular paper printer size.

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  3. Thank you, but how much sand does each student need and how much glue should be mixed in?

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