Father's Day: Make a Mini
Sand Castle Together
Snack: You can "dig" in the "sand" for treats! Between two pieces of waxed
paper, crush vanilla wafers with the bottom of a glass. Carefully put some of
the crumbs into a small clear glass. Push a few gummy treats here and there in
the "sand," and then top with more vanilla wafer "sand" to the top. You can put
a dollop of whipped cream on the top and one more gummy treat.
box bottom or other sturdy base
3 C. beach
sand or play sand
1 ½ C.
1 ½ C.
fake jewels or other small items
Dads love to build, almost as much
as they love making memories with their children. With this idea, you can do
This Father's Day, instead of
buying your dad a tie or golf balls, why not work together to create a really
neat sand castle? It can be your kitchen table centerpiece all summer, and help
you smile as you think back on the fun you had making it together.
Who needs a beach, anyway? You can
get the ingredients for this sand castle1,000 miles away from the nearest
beach. You can double, triple or quadruple the recipe to make as big a castle
as you would like.
Or maybe, instead of a castle,
you'd like to sculpt an animal out of sand, or your family's last name, or
perhaps your father's favorite sports team's logo. Brainstorm together, first,
what you're going to make.
Combine sand and cornstarch in a
large pot. Stir in water. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. When mixture
thickens, remove from stove. Cool.
Spoon mixture onto the newspaper.
Mold castles. Add seashells and other treasures. Let dry.
Make sure to scrape ALL the sand
out of the large pot into the wastebasket. Don't let it go down the disposal or
get on the floor.
And make sure to have a picture
taken of you, your dad, and the sand creation you made together this Father's