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Make Foam Sand | Arts and Crafts Fun

Posted on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Watch Handy Dan and Junkbot show you how to build sand castles at home by making foam sand out of stuff you can just find around the house.

Get to making your own sand castle with Handy Dan and Junkbot!

Step 1: Gather your supplies

You only need two ingredients to make your foam sand.

  • Play sand
  • Shaving cream

Supplies for Foam Sand | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Oh, and make sure you do this project somewhere where you can make a bit of a mess....

Step 2: Add shaving cream to the sand

Spray the shaving over the sand making sure to distribute it evenly.

Add Shaving Cream | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Handy Dan does this by spraying it in a spiral pattern.

Step 3: Mix sand and shaving cream together

Use your hands the same way baker does to mix the ingredients for bread. This is is called kneading, and it's the best way to mix your sand and shaving cream into a dough.

Mix! | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Step 4: Evaluate need for more shaving cream

Test the consistency of the dough. If it doesn't easily form into a ball in your hands without falling apart, add more shaving cream.  Keep adding shaving cream until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.

More Shaving Cream? | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions

Step 5: Sculpt, shape and create a sand castle!

Fill a cup with the sand. Turn over and remove the cup. Voila! A sand castle!

Make Sand Castles! | Handy Dan the Junkyard Man | Mobile Ed Productions
Use other things you might find in the kitchen, like a jello mold, a bowl or a carafe to give variation to the shapes you create!

Check back again for even more do-it-yourself projects from Handy Dan the Junkyard Man and Mobile Ed Productions!

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