Sandpaper Sandcastles

Cure the post-summer blues by building a sand(paper)castle

Discovery Place Kids Huntersville

Have the post-summer blues and longing for another long weekend at the beach? No problem! This shape and sensory activity will bring the fun of building a sandcastle to your home (minus the sandy mess).


  • Sandpaper (leftover or worn-out sandpaper works great)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Construction paper


  1. Use the marker to draw shapes on the smooth side of the sandpaper. This is great practice for kids learning their shapes.
  2. Cut out the shapes. Depending on the sandpaper this can be a little tricky and might need to be done by an adult.
  3. Now build your sandcastle! Move the shapes around to build different sandcastles and once you’ve built your favorite design, glue it onto the construction paper.

Pssst… If you have a road trip planned, glue magnets to the back of the sandpaper shapes and pack them and a metal cookie sheets in the car to keep kids busy on the way.

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