How to Build The Ultimate Sandcastle with the Kids
There are a few things you simply must do when you spend the day on the beach with the kids. You guessed it...build an epic Topsail Island vacation sandcastle. Building a sandcastle is something every beach lover enjoys doing. All of us have fond memories of digging in the sand, blissfully unaware of life's stresses. Which, if you think about it, is exactly what vacations are for. So put away the phones, don't worry about your Instagram posts and spend a few minutes with the kids this summer building what is really important ... great memories.
Everything you will need
Of course, the first thing you will need is to book a Topsail Island beach vacation. Now that you have your vacation home booked it is time to gather a few tools.The tools you'll need for making a magnificent sand castle are inexpensive and easy to find anywhere on Topsail island. You may even have some of these tools in your kitchen. Here are the basics:
Shovel for scooping and packing
Small bucket for shaping towers
Paint stirrer for sketching and smoothing
Straws for blowing excess sand away
Measuring spoons and melon baller for making windows
Offset spatula and plastic knife for carving
Large buckets for hauling water and building
Seven steps to making the perfect sand castle
Now that you have everything you need to make the ultimate sand castle it is time to get started. If you follow these seven simple steps you will have a beautiful and picture worthy sand castle in no time. Go ahead and get your social media up and running! You are going to want to show off the final product.
Step 3. Pack The Sand
With the back of a shovel, pack the sides of the mound to form the walls. Make them higher than the center of the mound, creating a "bowl" to hold water. Keep packing until you get the height you want. Hint, the higher the walls are the wider they need to be in order to support the wall's weight.
Step 4. Add Water
Perhaps this is the simplest and most fun step. Send the kids running back and forth to the surf for buckets of water. Add the buckets of water to the center of the mound to form a pond, and then pour evenly around the inside so as not to create weak spots in your castle.
Step 5. Begin To Build
Place a large bucket with the bottom cut off (5-gallon paint buckets are perfect) on the mound. Fill the bucket three-quarters of the way full with sand. Pour in water, climb in, and stomp. Tap sides with a shovel or your hands to remove air pockets. Repeat until bucket is full and then lift it off.
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