Here’s a super craft project: it’s great for kids to make, it looks fabulous and it costs about $1. I’ve already gotten my money’s worth several times over. Ok, it is a small, but very cute, sandcastle. At the end of the summer season it’s easy to pick up those plastic sandcastle-making buckets for cheap. Maybe mine wasn’t as cheap as it could have been, but it was 99 cents at the party store and I was ok with that.
Now get out your school glue, the white sticky kind, I’m sure you have some on hand. Then send your kids out with a few small sandwich baggies to scavenge some sand from somewhere. Oops, I meant to say: this is a great project to use up some of that sand that you brought home from the beach in a bottle from your last wonderful vacation!
That’s all you need, a plastic bucket that looks like a sandcastle, white glue and sand. I guess it would also be good to have a box and some old paint brushes. Pull the handle off the bucket.Use a large box to contain the sand mess. (I taped up the holes in my box).And then let the kids go with the glue and paint brushes!!When the castle is quite covered in glue, they can start pouring on the sand.
flip it on it’s side, too….
After the kids were finished, we let the castle dry, then I went with a brush and glue and touched up a few spots (yes, this is the kind of thing I do, just like Martha S.). You can also pipe some glue around the doors, or make windows, with a line of white glue then add sand for some more dimension. Then when it’s dry, you can set the sandcastle into some container and add sand to cover the bottom edges. Or you could glue it to a piece of cardboard and then glue sand to the cardboard, to have a decoration with no “loose” sand.
My girl was happy to play with this and arrange sea shells all over it. A nice, time-consuming activity (keeping it inside the box, not on the tray).