You can’t visit the ocean without building a sandcastle. In this activity we are going to explore painting with a very different medium!
Your lil will love creating their own sandcastle and you can help them work on measuring as the make their own “paint”.
Your Lil’ is free to paint their own masterpiece, but he may need some more guidance so I have included this FREE template HERE!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Required Materials

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Sandcastle Template





*Paint Brushes

Step #1

If your Lil’ is going to use the sandcastle template print it out HERE or grab a piece of white paper for your Lil’ to paint.

Step #2

In a bowl combine:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sand
  • 1/2 flour
Step #3

Use a paintbrush to paint a sandcastle using our sand mixture.

Step #4

Decorate your sandcastle with shells.

Teacher Tip

This “paint” takes a little longer to dry and you may want to place your paper on piece of cardboard or a cutting board as it will be heavy.

Bonus – allow your Lil’ to measure out the ingredients for the paint mixture, this is an awesome way to bring some measurements into your lessons.


Show off your sandcastles! What did you think of our new paint medium? How did your Lil’ do with it?