About Sandcastles

A Quick Tutorial on How to Make a Sandcastle

The following is a step-by-step slideshow on how to make a sandcastle. It was made on a beach in Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas. The tools used include a shovel, a tool with a straight-edge, a regular bucket and a specialty bucket. The sandcastle was decorated using seaweed, sticks, shells and gray scraps found by a broken boat.

Helpful Tips

It can be tricky to make a sandcastle at first that doesn't completely crumble, but here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • The best sand to use is coarse sand, meaning that individual granduals should have angled edges because they are easier to compact together
  • Sand should stay relatively moist while building your sandcastle
  • Work from the bottom up, which will help prevent your sandcastle from falling
  • Sometimes a sketch helps before you actually start, just so you know where you're heading
  • Pick a site close to water so that the sand will start off somewhat moist, but not too close as you don't want waves to ruin your sandcastle

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Some Common Concerns About Finished Sandcastles

After completeing a sandcastle, it's hard not to look at it and wonder how long it will last. Luckily, one of the only things you have to worry about is a reckless set of feet. Possible destruction caused by elements like wind and rain are actually misguided.

Here is a list of possible threats and the truth:

  • Rain: nothing bad will happen to your sandcastle if it rains lightly; the only concern should be heavy rain.
  • Wind: sandcastles can normally withstand Force 7 winds
  • Time: sculptures can last for months, even years; the record in California is two years.

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