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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Castles In the Sand

While we were at Revere Beach looking at the master sculptors, we were able to sign the older girls up for a lesson in building sand castles.

They started with a basic bucket form--oh, and some fancy "sand" brought in from New Hampshire--you can't make these castles with just the regular beach sand. The quartz in this sand left them all sparkly.


On top of the basic form, they added a smaller turret (using a Dunkin' Donuts cup, of course) and added a few decorative balls on top of that. Then they were given a few plastic tools with which to do the designs. They learned how to make windows...
And a stair case...
And then the instructor let them use one of her tools to add some scallop designs on a ledge they made...
Next they made a set of steps leading up to their castles...
The last thing the instructor taught them was how to make "Sand-Dripping Trees" (that's a technical term, I'm sure). This was the girls' favorite part of the whole lesson, and afterwards they ran to teach Cory and Lucy how to make these. This was the one thing that they could really do with the plain ole' beach sand out by the water.
The instructor's name was Sandy...She called herself Sandy Castle. Oh ho ho...isn't that funny. :)
And here the girls are with their finished creations. I'm glad that we were able to reserve a spot for them to do this. They had a lot of fun.


1 comment:

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

How cool is that?! I used to make those drippy tree thingies when I was a kid, only I didn't know they had an official name. Really, though, the girls' castles are very impressive!