Among the beach games, building a sand castle is certainly the most popular pastime. Some prefer to build very simple sand castles, just like when they were children, while from time to time there are those who decide to organize a competition at the most beautiful sand castle with the umbrella neighbors.
Then there are professional artists and sculptors who know how to build wonderful sand castles. We too can improve the way we build sand castles to make a good impression when we go to the beach and above all to make our children happy. In fact, it will be great to try to build a perfect sand castle together.
Here’s how to build a perfect sandcastle .
1) Choose a point not too close to the shore to build your sand castle as if the tide is coming it could quickly destroy all your meticulous work. Calculate the maximum point where the waves usually arrive on the sand and keep at a safe distance.
2) If you don’t have wet sand directly next to you – it all depends on your position – dig a hole deep enough that allows you to have wet sand at your fingertips. It will be fun for children to dig in the sand to ‘find water’.
3) Pay attention also to the choice of sand to use. Choose sand that is as clean as possible . Put a handful in a bucket with water. If the water immediately becomes cloudy, maybe your sand has too much clay. The result for your sand castle will be better if you can use fine, clean sand that leaves clear water.
4) How can we make sand more compact and workable? Wet the sand serves to bring together the many grains. In reality, very little water is needed to obtain a perfect mixture. Keep it this way: add water to the sand until you can easily form a ball with your hands without the fingers being too dirty and sticky.
5) If you want to create the foundations of your castle, try to give your wet sand ball a square or rectangular shape. You will have to make sure that the support base is solid, so compact it well by pressing hard with your hands. Moistening the bottom to compact the sand is very useful for having a solid base.
For the base of your castle prepare a well-flattened wet sand surface wider than you think you need. Compress it both with your hands and tread on it with bare feet.
7) Start building a fairly tall pile of wet sand . Do not try to make the shape of your sand castle immediately perfect, the important thing is above all to make it compact. Create a small pylon of wet sand. You can always increase the amount of sand later.
Compact your pile of wet sand to start draining excess water . With your hands, walk the pile on each side. Make sure that the sand is distributed evenly over the entire surface.
9) Now you can model the tower of your castle as you prefer, using palettes and rakes and adding decorations , for example shells, pebbles or flags. While shaping your castle keep the sand moist because it will be easier to work and compact it. You may need a sprinkler with water.
You can also build the towers of your castle using the classic bucket and molds . Also in this case, to get a good result you will have to use wet sand to compact well in the buckets or in the molds before turning them upside down.
11) Compact the sand layer by layer with your hands or with a shovel and invert the molds and buckets always and only on a wet and well-smoothed sand surface that you have prepared previously.
When all the towers are ready, you can start creating the external walls of your castle, always using wet sand to be modeled with your hands and palettes and to be placed layer by layer on the base.
13) If you want to create an arch, build two very close towers of the same height with the points facing inwards until they almost touch each other. With wet sand and well modeled you can create the arch that unites them.
14) To finish all the details of your castle proceed from top to bottom and use small tools to create the decorations. For example, you can serve pencils, small rakes, straws or any other useful object.
15) Only if you are very reckless can you decide to create a moat around your castle. In this case you will have to proceed very slowly to remove the sand as you would otherwise risk ruining everything else. Finally, it is known that sand castles are short-lived and that many enjoy destroying them. So if you want to keep a memory of your creation don’t forget to take some nice photos as soon as you have finished it.