Whenever you think of going to the beach, among the first things that pop into your head is making sand castles. For some of us, our childhoods on the beach were marked by the need to make the best sand castle and show it off to everyone.
But today, sandcastles are like a lost art among the digital generation. Well, it’s time to change that around. It’s time to hit the beach and build again.
So check out some easy step-by-step guides for building some impressive structure with your kids.
1. Make A Mountain
Pick a spot by the shoreline and make a gigantic pile of sand. Use your hands, or grab a spade or shovel to speed it along. Don’t be afraid to get messy, it’ll be worth it.
2. Add In Water
As water drains out of sand, the tiny grains nestle together, forming a cement-like mix; that’s why wet sand near the ocean holds together better than dry sand farther up the beach.
So you want to fill your mountain with water. Dig out a crater at the top, then slowly pour in water with a bucket or cup—it will drain through the sand. Pour until it stops draining, then jump on it to really pack it in.
3. Remember The Towers
When you’ve got a foundation going, it’s time to make the towers. Take a super-wet scoop of sand and slap it down. Jiggle it a little to help the water drain. Then repeat until you’ve got a nice, tall and lumpy tower.
4. Carve Out The Castle
Once you’ve made the rough framework, shape it up, starting from the top, use an offset spatula or a plastic knife to form rooflines and to smooth out your towers and walls. Use a paintbrush to sweep off the loose sand as you go.
5. Get Creative!
Remember always be creative! Contrast on the surface of your castle will take it to the next level. And do use whatever you’ve got nearby to add details to your creation.
Topping the castle with found objects like shells and seaweed will give it a truly unique feel. Grab a spoon to scoop out arched doorways, and use its handle to dig skinny windows. Remember this is your castle, so make it you own!