How to Build The Ultimate Sandcastle with the Kids

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 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 1. Make a plan 

Before you start it's a good idea to have an idea of what you want to build. Of course, this might be like herding cats with the really little ones in the family, or it might be an excellent way to give them direction. Either way, for the serious sand castle builder, having a plan is an essential first step. 

Step 2. Outline & Dig

Before you send the kids on a digging spree, first outline the area you want to have for the sandcastle. Think of this like coloring within the lines. Then, shovel sand from outside the lines into the center of your outline to form a large mound (a really large mound). The pile should be a little bit taller than the first floor of the planned castle since you'll probably end up carving a lot of it away. The more sand you have, the bigger the castle can be. 

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.

Step 6. Make The Towers

What's a castle without towers? To make the towers, get a few small buckets which are perfect for molding towers. Fill them with damp sand until they are overflowing. Level off the sand, turn the bucket over in the desired spot and lift. The more sizes of buckets you have, the more varied your towers. Some buckets even come with precast shapes.

Step 7. Carve Your Designs

Once you have the basic shape of your castle, you are ready to make the sides straight and add windows, doors, and other fun details. Since the sand has been tightly packed with water, it will maintain its shape. For those looking to add advanced design elements keep reading online - there are plenty of ideas out there. 

Looking to find your actual Topsail Island vacation castle? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help. We have a large inventory of homes – from smaller condos to large homes for big groups. No matter what your family's needs we'll have a home for you. Give us a call today at 800-497-5463 or click the button below to find the perfect vacation castle for your family. 

How to Build The Ultimate Sandcastle with the Kids

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