Secrets of building the perfect sandcastle….
No trip to the beach would be complete without building at least majestic sandcastle. All you need are sand, water, a few household items, and some helping hands. Don’t worry, there is plenty of sand along the 2 mile stretch of award winning blue flay beach in Westward Ho!
Tools of the trade..
What you’ll need for making a magnificent sand castle can be easily found in many of the beach shops in the village. You might even have many of the tools already at home or you may have even brought them with you already. Here are the basics:
- Spade 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
- Plastic spatula and plastic knife for carving
- Large buckets for hauling water and building.
So you’ve got all the tools you need and your at the beach, but what happens next?
For the serious sand castle builder having a plan is essential. Decide what you want to build. Hopefully this won’t cause to many arguments, then set to work.
Step 1. Outline & Dig
Before you send the kids on a digging spree with sand flying everywhere, first outline the area you want to have for the sandcastle. Think of this like colouring within the lines. Then dig sand from outside the lines into the centre 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 the bigger the castle can be.
Step 2. Pack & Pat The Sand
With the back of a spade, pat the sides of the mound to form the walls. Make them higher than the centre of the mound, creating a “bowl” to hold water. Keep packing and patting until you get the height you want. Hint, the higher the walls are the wider they need to be in order to support the walls weight.
Step 3. Add Water
Perhaps this is the simplest and most fun step. Send the kids running back and forth to the water for buckets of water. Add the buckets of water to the centre of the mound to form a pond, and then pour evenly around the inside so as not to create weak spots in your castle. (this is perfect for a little extra exercise for the kids too)
Step 4. Begin To Build
Place a large bucket with the bottom cut off 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 spade or your hands to remove air pockets. Repeat until bucket is full and then lift it off.
Step 5. Make The Towers
What’s a castle without towers? To make the towers get a few small buckets which are perfect for building 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.
Step 6. 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.
If your looking for the perfect holiday to build your very own masterpiece, then why not book a summer break at Braddicks Holiday Centre and save a massive 20% off summer 2018 holidays . Visit them online at www.braddicksholidaycentre.co.uk and book today – them remember the above tips and get ready to build some amazing sand castles.