PLASTER SAND CASTLES
Your children will love this 3-D sand castle masterpiece.
Dampen the sand in your sand box or sand table.
Have your children dig a hole in the sand.
Set out some shells and small rocks.
Have your children line the walls of their hole with the shells and rocks.
Then carefully pour plaster of paris in the holes and let harden.
When the plaster hardens, lift the plaster out to reveal a beautiful sand castle or sculpture.
Put 3 cups play sand (available at hardware and toy stores)
in an old cooking pot.
Add 1 ½ cups of cornstarch to the sand and mix well.
Add 1 ½ cups water to the mixture.
Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until
it thickens (about 2 minutes); then take it off the stove to
Once the mixture is cool, spoon it onto some newspaper.
Let kids make whatever they want; just let it dry and they
can keep it forever!
This recipe was taken from Redbook magazine, August ’03 issue.
Let your child paint on
a piece of paper and then sprinkle on sand before the paint
Or - mix the sand in with the
paint before your child uses it for painting.
SAND PICTURES AND DESIGNS
Give your child a piece of paper and some glue in a small
Have her draw on a design or picture with the glue.
Next, have your child lay her picture in the lid of a cardboard
box and sprinkle sand onto the picture.
Alternative: You can color the sand by mixing it with colors
of food coloring before using.
SAND PAPER ART
Let your child make an interesting textured
picture by letting him color on a piece of sand paper.
Alternative: Older children can make crayon transfer pictures
by laying their colored sandpaper picture up-side-down on
a piece of white paper. Then, cover the back of the sandpaper
with an ironing cloth and iron. The crayon marks from the
sandpaper should transfer onto the white paper in a dot pattern.
Supervision is required at all times.
SAND PLAY DOUGH
Use your favorite play dough recipe and add sand to your mixture
for a more textured play dough.