Make: Permanent Sandcastles ours isn't exactly a castle.
We made an island instead. And a baseball. And a moose, which actually looked more like a strangely proportioned dog. And a pirate boat. And quite a few other things that were completely unrecognizable... But, we had such fun!

Here's the recipe for what we named "Permanent Sandcastle Clay," from this month's issue of Family Fun Magazine.

1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp alum (with spices at grocery store)
*1 tsp of cooking oil (this is our own addition)
3/4 cup water
Wooden spoon

1. Add the sand, cornstarch, and alum to a saucepan and use a wooden spoon to combine them completely. 

2. Add the water and stir the mixture until it is smooth and the cornstarch is dissolved. 

3. Cook the clay over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. The clay should start to thicken within a minute or two. Stir more vigorously, being sure to scrape the mixture from the sides and bottom of the pan.

4. After about 3 minutes of cooking, the clay will have thickened to the consistency of play dough. Remove the clay from the pan. Once it's cool enough to touch, you can start start sculpting. 

* For best results, use the clay within a day or two of mixing it. 
* Clay creations should dry completely in a week. 

1 comment:

Bev said...

Another idea we can use here at the lake with grandkids - love that you channel all this great stuff our way. Grammies need all the help they can get because we've lost all our old recipes, forgotten our ideas, etc.


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