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building a sand castleDo you know the secrets to building amazing sand castles?  Find out all the tips and tricks for sand castles before you head to the beach this year.

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You can turn crumbling castles into mighty fortresses - it's easy with the proper tools. Developed by a professional sand sculptor, these award-winning tools (and tips) can be used by both left- and right-handed sand architects.

DVD: How To Build The Perfect Sand Castle

 

 

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Sand Castles

A simple sand castle can be made using hands, sand and water.  Check the tools section for more advanced equipment suggestions.

Tips for Building Sandcastles

  1. Use wet sand if you want the sand to stay where you put it.
  2. Before starting, think about location.  Don't start too close to the water's edge unless you want your castle to be wiped out by waves or tides.
  3. Push or shovel all the dry sand out of the way.  You want to start building on a large flat area of damp sound.
  4. If you are using a bucket to shape blocks for you castle or sculpture, be sure to tap and jiggle a few times before you pack down the sand.  It will help to release trapped air that can ruin the mold.  Pack the sand down and completely fill the bucket before you turn it over to unmold it.
  5. To build a tall tower, use the 'pancake' method.  Use wet sand to make the first level of the tower.  It should look like a pancake about one inch thick.  Make sure the is large enough.  Continue making and stacking pancakes until your tower is the height you want.
  6. Carefully shape and draw on the sides of your sculpture using sticks, pointed rocks or even the edge of a trowel.
  7. Make walls by using wet handfuls of sand. Using both hands, scoop up as much wet sand as you can hold, gently press your hands together to squeeze out excess water and place the resulting sand clump where it's needed to create your wall.   Continue stacking clumps until your wall is complete.  High walls need to be thick at the base and should narrow as they rise higher.
  8. Arches start out as a wall, but then you tunnel through them to create an arch. After your wall is built, gently tunnel your way through at the base. Then enlarge and shape the opening into the form of an arch by shaving off thin layers of excess sand. Plastic knives, butter knives, or putty knives all make ideal shaping tools.
  9. If you are mixing dry sand and water, try using 8 parts sand to 1 part water.  You need just enough water to 'glue' the sand together, but not too much.

 

Tools To Make Building Easy

  1. Spray bottle for water to keep the sand moist.
  2. Pails, buckets, trays and other containers
  3. Shovels and trowels for sculpting. If you want to build a big castle, it's best to use real shovels with wooden handles not just the plastic beach toys.
  4. Plastic knives, butter knives, or putty knives

 

Looking for some interesting beach toys?  How about a science experiment with sand?

 

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Children love making gifts for their parents and other adults who are important to them.  But what can they make that will delight the person they are giving the gift to?

Here's how you can quickly and easily get lots of simple, high quality gift ideas that you children can make.  Guaranteed to be fun the children making the gift, and a delight for the person receiving it.

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