Kids Can Make Sandcastles or Pyramids at Home. No Beach Required

Who says you must be at the beach to make a sand castle? You can make a sand castle in your own kitchen; no beach is required.

This is one of my favorite activities to do with kids. Kids will love making these DIY at-home sand castles.

You can also use this recipe to make pyramids, sculptures, and other school projects.

This is a fun activity for kids for birthdays, girl scouts, or boy scouts activities. I love doing this activity with my kids on a cold winter’s day. It reminds us that summer’s not that far away!

Follow the simple directions below:


1 cup of cornstarch, 2 cups of fine sand (sandbox sand, colored sand, or beach sand), 1 1/2 cups of water, optional shells, stones, beads, or anything you would like to decorate, and paper plates (1 per child).

The first this you’re going to do is made sand dough to build your sand castle:

Step 1: In a pan, mix the cornstarch, sand, and water.

Cooking Colored Sand on the stove

Step 2: Over medium heat stir the mixture until it gets thick (5-15 minutes).

Cooking colored sand on the stove

Step 3: Let the mixture cool completely before use for about (30-50 minutes).

Now the fun part

Step 4: Divide the sand up equally and give it to each child on a paper plate.  The recipe makes enough for about 5 children.

Step 5: Have the children build a sand castle and decorate it with shells, stones, etc.

DIY Sand castle
DIY Sand castle

The castle will dry and harden in 2- 3 days

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