Build a Sand(Paper) Castle

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Today was our first beach day of the summer! We took Travis to the beach last summer, but at one-year old, he likely has only foggy memories of it.

So to set the tone for a fun beach day, we started our morning with this easy sand(paper) castle craft at home!

You’ll need various grades of sandpaper to make the castle (coarse, medium, and fine), and I recommend a variety of colors as well for the best visual effect. Cut the sandpaper sheets into shapes like rectangles, squares, and triangles and then let your child arrange on the paper.

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At this age, Travis needed help gluing the pieces in proper formation, but he loved dipping a paintbrush in the glue and dabbing on the back of the sandpaper pieces before I affixed each one (and sometimes added more glue after, as you see in the picture!).

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If you have older kids, let them be the architect of their own castle formation!

Once the glue has dried, finish your castle with a marker background. We made sure to add a beautiful blue sky day.

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The fun need not stop there; leftover sandpaper pieces made for great play on the carpet, organizing into structures and talking about the various shapes.

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Then Travis discovered it felt funny on his feet to walk on the sandpaper. “Ouch!” he said with a laugh, before walking back across.

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And then it was off to the real beach!

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