Beach Crafts for
Sand casts are
fun to make. You can start a wonderful tradition with your children.
you visit a beach every few years for summer vacation, try making sand
casts of their hands and feet each year. It will be fun to see how much
they have grown from year to year.
They also make wonderful souvenirs
from the trip. They can be framed in shadow boxes, used as paper
weights, kept with your children's seashells, or a string or hook can
be added to the back for a wall hanging.
The entire craft can be made
at the beach, but if you don't get there often, you can also do the
craft in your backyard sandbox.
- sand, while you
are on the beach; or in a sandbox
- Plaster of
- disposable pail
or bucket to mix the clay in
- disposable sppon or stick to mix the clay
Begin the sand casts by "fluffing" up the sand a little. Use a sand
rake or sand shovel to rough it up. You don't want the sand to be too
packed down or you will not get a deep mold. Next, place your child's
hands and feet deep into the sand. Tell them to push down hard. For a
small child, it helps if you push down each little finger and toe
deeper into the sand. Then, help your child off and take a look at the
molds. You want the molds to be deep enough to hold plaster. Re-do them
2. Next, mix up the Plaster of Paris in the sand bucket with some water
(water from the lake or ocean is just fine). Read the package
instructions, it is usually 1 part plaster to 2 parts water. Mix it up
using a sand shovel or stick. You want the consistency to be like a
thick gravy, but thinner than pudding. Make sure to get all the lumps
out. Then gently pour the plaster mixture into the molds. If you make a
thinner plaster mix, the mix will have no problem filling in the little
toes and fingers, but you can also use a small stick to help guide the
plaster mix throughout the mold if necessary. If desired, you can add a
small cord or a hook to the back of the mold for a wall hanging.
3. Now you wait for them to dry. Do not be too anxious! It takes a
least 30 minutes. It is best to do this activity soon after arriving at
the beach, then you can remove the molds later in the day when you are
ready to leave. Carefully remove the molds and rinse them off really
well in the water. Mark the back of each mold with a permanent black
marker with the child's name, age, and vacation spot, if you like.
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