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Instructions 

Questions You May Ask 

Bring children to a sandbox or bin filled with sand. If the sand is dry, add a little bit of water so sand will stick together. Let children build their sandcastles, providing suggestions or help as needed but without interrupting the children’s problem-solving process. 

⚙ What else can we use as a mold?

⚙ How can we make this sandcastle taller/bigger/larger?
⚙ How can we decorate this sandcastle?

⚙ What else can we use instead of sand?

Age

1.5 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year (indoors); when  weather permits (outdoors) 

⚙ Indoors or outdoors   

Materials 

⚙ Sand (in a sandbox or bin - or at the beach) 

⚙ Water
⚙ Molds or containers of different shapes

⚙ Shovel or other tool to scoop sand (e.g., spoon, ice cream scoop)

                        

Safety 

⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Protect children from sun exposure (e.g., hats, sunscreen
)

Play-based Context

An educator observed a toddler unsuccessfully attempting to make a sandcastle. The educator modeled putting wet sand in a mold and patting it down before turning it over. The child copied the process and successfully made her own sandcastles. 

Related Children's Books

⚙ The Sandcastle that Lola Built by Megan Maynor
⚙ The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch
⚙ Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy