No beach? No problem!
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Sadly, I imagine many of you, like me, have not yet been to the beach at all this summer. But, who says you can't bring the fun of the beach inside? This fun and easy recipe to make sandcastles at home is an old favorite of mine!
You can find many variations on recipes for this sand-like dough, but I like to mix 1 cup of cooking oil (any cooking oil works) and approximately 3 cups of flour in a mixing bowl. When you're ready to play, you can keep the contents in the bowl, or transfer them to a baking tray or other vessel. The all-edible ingredients make this sensory activity taste-safe, which means the fun can be shared by the younger crowd too! This mixture can be used multiple times, if stored properly, so I recommend keeping it in a sealed gallon size Ziploc bag, or in a Tupperware.
Depending on the age of the child/children you're doing this activity with, you may want to put out some tools and materials to enhance exploration. Keep in mind that while the base materials are taste-safe, these small objects are not and may not be suitable for children under three years old without adult supervision. Here are links to some of my favorites:
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Mini Sand Toys (These are great with kinetic sand, too!)
2. Craft Seashells
3. Large Popsicle Sticks