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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 cool.
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 dries.

Or - mix the sand in with the paint before your child uses it for painting.
Give your child a piece of paper and some glue in a small bottle.
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.

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.


Use your favorite play dough recipe and add sand to your mixture for a more textured play dough.