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everlasting sand castles for bunki


Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 15:23:11 PST

Nnaell...Were you the one who mentioned the "Everlasting Sand" recipe? I
tried it and it was a bust for me. I wound up with thin mud sand standing in
a bucket with 3/4 of an inch of water on top. What went wrong? It wasn't
very hard either when I got some to finally dry out? I printed out your
recipe and followed it exactly.

> Here is a recipe for a sand mixture to make permanent sand castles. I am
> doing this at a Talented and Gifted workshop and with my kindergarteners.
> Everlasting Sandcastle
> 4 c sand
> 2 c cornstarch
> 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
> 3 c hot water

Looking forward to your reply. Toodles......Bunk

Here is what I found.....use only enough water to mix everything together.
Too much water and it was like slime! The kids loved it...and by sometimes
dipping their fingers in water, they could re-wet sand that got a little too
dry. I had some kids who hated it! lol was very very
messy...but an interesting lesson. However, I would not do it again because
the reason I was using it was as an alternative building material. All the
kids were able to do was make piles and put seashells on top! The results
might have been different for older students. I had good luck making a
sample and when I did my demonstration.

Anyway, the long and short of that recipe is that the less water you use the