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Sketch, dig, pound, pour, jump, build, mold, carve, make straight walls, make ledges, make windows, and make doorways. This is how Martha Stewart recommends building a sandcastle.

According to PBS News Hour and KiwiCo.com, the magic ratio of sand to water for the perfect sandcastle is about 8:1 – that is, 8 parts sand to 1-part water.

Sounds intriguing and a bit complicated, but all you really need is a sandy beach, a sunny day, and some helping hands (and kid-sized hands work perfectly). At Seabrook, most homes are equipped with castle-building luxury items like colorful, plastic beach pails and shovel sets. If not, Brooklets Toys on Market Street near town center always has beachy items and games.

Are you smiling right now at the childhood nostalgia you feel about sunny times at the sea building sandcastles and getting kissed by the sun?

Before you know it, you will be building a sandcastle as well as building memories to take pleasure in from today on.

10 FACTS TO SHARE

  • Sand sculpting is a form of entertainment at many beaches across the world where competitions are held, and tourists pose with sand artists and their magnificent creations.
  • It is believed that the ancient Egyptians produced sand models of the pyramids.
  • Some suggest that ancient peoples used sand sculpting as a form of communication before a formal language was used and before cave painting became an artistic expression.
  • According to science.nasa.gov, space shuttles Atlantis (STS-79) and Endeavour (STS-89) launched with small columns of dry sand so scientists could learn more about sand in low-pressure environments for how compressed sand behaves during earthquakes.
  • The largest sandcastle made in a contest was 18 feet tall. The artist, Ronald Malcnujio, had to use several ladders, each the height of the sandcastle. His sculpture consisted of one ton of sand and 10 liters (~2.6 gallons) of water.
  • A popular game is to build a heap of sand, as high as possible, to withstand the upcoming tide.
  • The most prestigious championship in the nation is the International Sandsculpting Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, September 25 through October 4, 2020.
  • Other national sandcastle and sculpting festivals are held annually at Fort Myers Beach, Florida, South Padre Island, Texas, Revere Beach, Massachusetts, Treasure Island, Florida, Port Huron, Michigan, Long Beach, Washington, and even Pacific Beach, Washington (2 minutes north of Seabrook).
  • To up your sandcastle game, remember that “the wetter the sand the better! It should pack like wet snow and stay together when you roll it into a ball in your hand.”
  • Throughout the year, Seabrook offers sandcastle building workshops with professional sand artists. This is a great way for young sandcastlers to get some experience and for parents, grandparents, and children to build memories. To see if there is a sandcastle workshop during your visit to Seabrook, check out the Events page.

Sources: Summaries of numerous corroborative websites.