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Sand Castle Puffy Paint Art

We made lovely puffy paint sand castle art with a new recipe we created ourselves! It's the perfect summer sensory craft!

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Our Playful Preschool theme is castles. We began by drawing sand castles on cardstock. Our preschooler and I named the shapes we were using in our drawings. Our toddler just loved holding a pencil, scribbling, and being invited to join us in creating!

Next we adapted Housing a Forest's microwave puffy paint recipe that we've used in our Cardboard Cake Decorating and Egg Carton Volcanoes! We made as directed and then mixed in a good amount of sand until the paint looked like wet cement.

It was so much fun to brush on to our sand castle drawings with paintbrushes, toothbrushes, or our fingers! What a lovely texture!

We popped the paintings into the microwave for about 45 seconds. The cardstock did buckle a little as the paint puffed but we carefully flattened our artwork out once it cooled. 

We added shells we've collected to our castles with glue. Wouldn't this make the perfect keepsake after a beach vacation? Collect the sand and shells while on your trip then craft your dream sand castle to keep forever!

More CASTLE ideas from the Playful Preschool Team:

Castle Reading Nook by Growing Book by Book

Battlement Skip Counting by Rainy Day Mum

Castle Catapult Math Game by Mom Inspired Life

Magnetic Cereal Box Castle Theater by The Educators' Spin On It

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  1. Ooh - I want to try this today! We even have the shells and the ingredients for puffy paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I LOVE everything about this! It is such a great idea!

  3. This is such a fantastic idea! Our kids did a project recently where they used sand and glue but it did not have the puffy 3D effect yours has. We will have to try this out!

  4. This looks like an amazing sensory experience. I can't wait to try it.

  5. My daughters would love doing this! We spent a few days on recent field trips to the beach and I'm sure this would spark some fun memories and be a good summer activity.

    And, thank you for visiting my blog. Its so nice to meet other bloggers.

    ~sweet blessings