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Sand sculptures are a fun beach craft for you to do with your children. You and your family will love this simple recipe that yields lasting beach art! Collect sand from your local beach (make sure that it is allowed), or purchase sand from a local craft store or purveyor. Remove all bits and pieces from the sand. In an old, medium-sized saucepan, mix together 1 cup sand, _ cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon cream of tarter, and _ cup hot with an old wooden spoon or spatula. Cook over a medium heat (make sure to supervise children whenever you are working with a heat source), stirring until the mixture constantly until it is so thick that you cannot stir it any more. Allow the mixture to cool until you and your children can handle it without burning your fingers (remember that children will be more sensitive to heat than you might be). While the clay is still warm, form it into shapes. You can use purchased molds or form the shapes free hand. Some fun and easy shapes to try are dolphins, starfish, shells, san
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|