Indoor Sand Castles

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Make your own Indoor Sand Castle! Mix a batch of this fun dough up on a yucky day and let the kids pretend they’re at the beach . . .
Sometimes finding things for the kids to do inside it on a rainy day is about as easy and painless as having teeth pulled without novacaine! This project however, is as simple as boiling water. If you want to be prepared for a rainy day, measure all the ingredients (except the water!) into a large ziploc bag and set it aside until it’s needed. Alternatively, the dough can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.

You’ll Need:
2 Cup Fine sand
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups Cold Water

Mix first 3 ingredients together in an old saucepan. Add cold water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick and hard to stir. Remove from heat and let cool until it’s lukewarm and easy for little ones to handle. Form the sand dough into shapes, faces, sand castles, wherever your imagination leads you! These make cute paintable sand ornaments for mothers day, fathers day and grandparents day as well, or for “Handprints in the sand” projects.

Once you’re done playing with your creations, let them dry and they can be painted. Be sure to store any leftover dough in an airtight container.

Feel free to share photos of your little ones creations in the comments below! We’d love to see their artwork!

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17 Comments

  1. good rainy day project! i take projects, buy the necessary items to make them and then wrap them in an old newspaper. my son gets to open a package on a rainy day and we do whatever project is inside.

    • good rainy day project! I take projects, buy the necessary items to make them and then wrap them in an old newspaper. My son gets to open a package on a rainy day and we do whatever project is inside.

      That’s an awesome idea!

      I’d love to make the sandcastle in the picture.

    • good rainy day project! I take projects, buy the necessary items to make them and then wrap them in an old newspaper. My son gets to open a package on a rainy day and we do whatever project is inside.

      Absolutely love this idea as well!!

  2. it’s been cold, windy, and rainy here for over a week. i think it’s adult sandcastle time! great project for kids.

    this mix, the recipe so it can be recreated, and some molds would make a great gift. and a small bucket would be a great gift bag.

  3. this sand castle is nothing short of spectacular! when i lived in the california bay area, i went to the beach frequently. i miss it terribly.

    i used to spend hours, making sand sculptures, and sand castles! how did you get the sandy look and texture out of just cornstarch , cream of tartar and water? wouldn’t it just be pretty much white?

    not that that would be bad…but if you really wanted to get that beige look what would you add? i’m an older adult and i’m in! i wanna play too!!!

  4. oh!!!! i hadn’t seen the “sand” ingredient! duh!!!

    negate that last question….just accept that i am pleased as punch to have this idea and recipe and that i will be happy to post a pic of whatever me or my children, their children or my nieces and nephews make from it!!! this looks like such a blast!!!

    • This would be good for school projects also! Along with the modeling clay recipe!

      I am so thinking of using this to do a ziggurat and a pyramid for my social studies class. such a cool idea!

  5. i am going to do this but use the pink & blue colored sands for baby shower gifts. this way they can do the hand and footprints to frame.
    :cot:

  6. this might also be a good therapy tool for kids with rheumatoid arthritis or or other motor challenges. if you let them use it while it’s still warm, it heats up the joints, muscles and tendons so they will work better. plus it sounds fun–i’m going to try it with my grandkids.

  7. my nephew & i used the sand dough recipe years ago. he thought it was one of the best rainy day activity we ever did. he always wanted to do this activity when we were stuck inside.
    we made everything from hand prints plaques to sand castles that had their every own moats.

    once they dried, we would paint them and then pour blue colored glue into the moats. once dried it gives off a glossy blue water effect.

  8. My daughter is a nanny to a few families with small children. She is always looking for fun creative activities for them. Can’t wait to share this one with her!

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