Monday, February 1, 2010


From the beach its sandy walls rise,
Its turrents reach up to touch the skies.
A tiny moat dissolves the keep.
Its pavers are strong, though only two inches deep.
Tiny footprints embedded in the sand,
Where once a child there did stand.
Its grace and beauty a short time will last,
Before the sea washes it into the past.
Author Unknown

Was a bit of a fiddle (not quite as simple as I thought when I boldly announced that I would make one) it is now on the summer season table in the big girl's classroom at school.. what do you think?


Ronnie said...

hello Shannon, I just found your post on the wonderful sandcastle and think that it would be a great idea for my nature table at home. Could you please give me a few setails about how you went about making it? is is sturdy enough to have with children? thanks

Shannon said...

Hi Ronnie, hmm make me laugh because I had grand plans of a glorious castle that didn't quite work out. My mind always creates my plans better than my hands. BUT I stared with some air dry clay and built a castle, then we took a drive to the beach (played and swam and ate) and brought home a bucket full of sand. I used a can of spray adhesive and sprayed and tossed sand on in layers. If i did it again i would used some heavy duty craft glue and paint it on - at least for the first coat - pouring sand onto the wet glue as I went, maybe doing a spray and toss for the tricky to get bits.
The spray adhesive didn't really set as well as I hoped so it is more of a season table, look don't touch cause the sand comes off a bit - if you painted on the glue and allowed it to set hard i think the kids could play with it. Have fun :)

Ronnie said...

Thanks so much Shannon. I would never have thought of air dry clay. It looks like a lot of fun. Your ideas are always amazing. By the way I was so inspired by your pumpkin mouse home that I had a go with pretty great success if I do say so.N Now I just need to get around to the mice. The current semester of Uni finishes soon and I have grand plans . . .