It’s summer, which means it’s time for some fun Sandcastle Crafts for Kids! Whether you can go to the beach or not, these crafts ensure you can bring it home!
“Who are the happiest people on earth? A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done. A little child building sand castles…..Happiness lies in a constructive job well done.” Elbert Hubbard
There’s something fun and sad about making sandcastles at the beach. Building it is exciting, and you can give it any shape you like. However, you are aware of the impermanence of it – the tide can wash it away any time. I feel this is exactly what makes sandcastles so special – during the short time they live, they give us immense joy!
Vising the beach is incomplete without building a sandcastle, if you’re a child or a child-at-heart, like me! Sandcastles are an important part of summer fun, and it’s where your imagination has no limits; you can build a castle of any shape or any size!
Since lockdown rules are different in different parts of the world, you may or may not be able to visit the beach right now. But that doesn’t have to put a dampener on having fun this summer! You can go ahead and design a custom summer camp at home – complete with sandcastle crafts for kids! And you don’t have to worry about these being washed away by the tide!
15 Superb Sandcastle Crafts for Kids
We love this sandcastle craft from Happy Toddler Playtime because it doesn’t just focus on the sandcastle which is in the foreground, it also has an interesting background! Look at that texture in the paint – very good!
You know that sandcastles can be a lot of fun, but did you know that they can also teach you subtraction? Well, at least the sandcastles of Kindergarten Worksheets and Games can do so! Go over to the website to find out how.
Sandcastles are always brown, thanks to the color of sand, but this one from Pond Coloring Club is a nice cheery yellow! This is the perfect sandcastle craft for younger kids, and the free printable makes things easier.
This craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning gives you a real feeling of the beach with the gorgeous textured paint on the paper. It offers the perfect backdrop for a paper sandcastle, giving you the feeling of seeing a real sandcastle near the ocean.
Is there anything you can’t make with toilet paper tubes? Their shape make them perfect for building castles of all kinds, and as Our Kid Things shows, especially for sandcastles! The best part is that you can use their natural color without having to paint over it.
How can you have a list of sandcastle crafts for kids without including, well.. sand? Certainly not, as Making Mama Magic shows with this fun project. It certainly takes the art project to another level, giving it an extra dose of realism.
Can’t visit the beach with your beach toys because of lockdown? No problem, Fantastic Toys has an idea that’ll solve this problem to an extent, by giving you a full printable sandcastle play set, complete with mermaids!
ABCDE Learning has something for us that’s perfectly open ended for any kind of art or craft project. It’s a free printable of a sandcastle, and you can use it to create templates for various kinds of textured art, like this one using puffy paint.
If it’s summer where you live and you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space, you have to try this easy craft from Buggy and Buddy. This is perfect for younger kids and to get them engaged while also breathing in some fresh air!
These sandcastles from Glued to My Crafts are so cute and are great for beginner crafters. You can also turn it into a mixed media project by using different textured paper and embellishments.
Place values can be a little tricky to teach, but this sandcastle from Teach with Me makes it super easy! This is such a clever way to teach math, and kids won’t even realize they’re learning while crafting!
They say that there’s nothing that can’t be cured by salt water, like the tears and the ocean. Create Art with Me shows that this combo is also great for creating art, especially when it’s a beach themed one like this!
If your little one is learning about shapes, this project from I Heart Crafty Things is a great way to put that learning into practice with a simple craft. Cut out circles, triangles, rectangles and squares, and let your child arrange them to create a custom castle.
Can you believe this sandcastle isn’t made from sand? That’s how realistic this project from Modge Podge Rocks Blog is! They’ve converted plain cardboard into a cool piece that works great as summer decor or a beach party centerpiece.
Paper plate crafts are common, but The Art Dream turns a paper bowl into a gorgeous sandcastle that even has waves lapping at its edges. The mermaid is of course, optional, but it doesn’t hurt to give the castle a mystical feel!
Going through these sandcastle crafts for kids, I’m sure you’ll find that there’s something for every age group – even I’m tempted to try out a few of them! If you enjoyed this list, you’ll also like some more summer activities like summer theme art projects, play dough recipes for summer and of course, some delicious ice cream crafts as well!