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Build a Sand Sculpture

Here are some tips for how to build and decorate a unique sand sculpture.

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: $0
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
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Physical Challenge:
  • Shovel (a garden shovel works best)
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Watering can
  • Sticks, spoons, and other carving "tools"
  • Shells or other decorations
Choose Your Spot

It’s best to build as close to the water as you can. That makes it easier to get at wet sand. (But don’t get so close that the incoming tide washes away your creation.) Or, you could carry buckets of water to your sculpture. But that’s hard work!

Draw an Outline

Use a stick or your foot to draw an outline of your sculpture in the sand.

Pile It Up

Dump damp sand into a pile that’s a little bigger than you think you’ll need. Plop down handfuls of sand where needed for smaller parts of your sculpture.

Get Packing

Pound the sand down well so it holds together as you shape it.

Touch It Up
  • Use sticks or other tools to sculpt the details, such as a turtle’s face (above. Use a watering can or spray bottle to keep the sand wet. Add decorations, such as shells for a sun’s eyes (above).
  • Now get someone to take a picture before your beautiful work of art disappears underwater—or gets stepped on!

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