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This is a sand castle that will dry and last, making it a permanent, air-hardened sculpture. When working with this material, It feels like wet sand, but it sticks together well. It is like working with a rough play doh, moon doh or anther sculpting material. It has a really fun texture and is a great material to work with – my kids loved the feeling between their fingers. It dries completely within a week. I can imagine making some cool centerpieces with it for a beach party. I got the idea from my sister. She had cut it out of an old magazine and had it in her craft file. I don’t have a reference because there was no indication of what magazine it was on the page. Sorry. We made a few different castles together, but this one was my favorite.
* 1 cup sand (you can use beach sand, but I bought this at the craft store)
* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* 1 tsp alum (sold in the spice section of the grocery store)
* 3/4 cup water
* shells and rocks (optional – I bought mine at the Dollar Store)
I doubled the recipe, and I would highly recommend you do too.
Pour the sand, cornstarch and alum into a saucepan. I always like to let my kids do it. Yes, Kenzie spilled a bit of the cornstarch, but that’s easily cleaned up.
Stir together your ingredients with a wooden spoon and then add water. Stir again until the mixture is smooth and the cornstarch is dissolved. Cook the clay over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. It should start to thicken within a few minutes. Stir more vigorously, making sure to scrape the mixture from the sides and bottom of the pan.
After a few minutes, the clay will have thickened to a dough-like material that can be molded and sculpted to your liking. Please allow for it to cool to the touch before you begin sculpting. For best results, use the clay within a day or two of mixing it. Your kids will love building their own creations.