Let’s Make Sandcastles at Home

Who loves the beach (my children all eagerly wave their hands in the air)? Me too! This year many won’t be able to visit the beach but I’ve brought some great options from my wheel house and Experience Early Learning!



We decided to wait to complete our sandcastles until until this week and I am so glad because it is HOT outside and we’ve needed something else to occupy our time!



These great sandcastle photographs came with our Experience Early Learning Treasure Island kit (formerly known as Mother Goose Time). They helped us create sandcastles using scrapbook paper and scissors! What a fun and EASY indoor activity!


cloud dough recipe sandcasltes
cloud dough recipe sandcasltes

Next up, cloud dough! If you’ve never made cloud dough before I promise you’ll be hooked! It is just TWO simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now:


  1. Flour (all purpose)

  2. Oil (canola or vegetable oil works)


For every 7 cups of flour, I add 1 cup of lol. Mix it together (with your hands) until it stops sticking to you. If you are feeling adventurous you can add actual sand to the mix!

This stuff keeps for MONTHS in a sealed container. Add some mini erasers, cups, and shells and I promise you’ll get hours of play (it is how I am writing this blog right now).


Making cloud dough not really your thing but your kids want to recreate a sandcastle? Kinetic sand is always a great go to!


Maybe you are in the mood for play-doh? Okay moms, stop laughing and hear me out! Store bought play-doh is my worst nightmare. It stains and gets stuck EVERYWHERE. Homemade play-dough is so much easier to clean up (hot water and it dissolves) and you can add glitter, sand or dye to it! It is great for sandcastle creations!


cloud dough recipe sandcasltes
homemade play-doh recipe


Play-doh Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Flour

  • 1/4 cup Salt

  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar

  • 1 cup Water

  • 1 1/2 or 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil ~ I have used both measurements successfully and love how soft it makes the dough feel.

Extra add-ins: sand, glitter, flavored extracts, essential oils, or ground spices.


Easy Play Dough Directions:


  • Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan ~ I like to mix the dry ingredients and add the wet

  • ingredients separately.

  • Stir until your mixture resembles cake batter. It may still have a few lumps in it at this

  • point.

  • Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly.

  • It shouldn’t take too long for the mixture to thicken…continue stirring.

  • Once the mixture forms one large “clump” (I’m sure that is the technical term) you are

  • good to go. Simply remove the dough from the heat, and knead by hand until smooth.

  • Caution…let cool before you let little fingers touch it. It will be very hot at this point.

  • This recipe makes about 2 cups of play-doh


Have fun making sandcastles! We are!

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