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Make a sandcastle


Make a sandcastle

What to do with this activity?

Making sandcastles at the beach on a warm day is a definite family favourite. Bring a bucket, a spade and lots of smaller plastic containers like plastic cups, plastic spoons and bowls.  Have fun filling and re-filling the different sizes of container with water or sand.  

Encourage your child to talk about what kind of sandcastle they want to build. Get them to estimate how many buckets of sand they will need, and ask questions about their plans.Throw in suggestions but let your child take the lead. Get a good conversation going about their progress, and give your child the confidence to make decisions.

Here are tips for making an impressive sandcastle, and here are some pictures of extra special sandcastles to inspire you. Scroll down the page to see all the photos. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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