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Sand Crafts & Activities

Play it again, Sand!

Celebrate summer and "Play in the Sand Day," Aug. 11, with fun crafts and activities that all involve sand.

Almost every child loves to play in sand. Put a kid in a sandbox with a pail and shovel and he'll happily dig, sift and pile. But is it safe? Get the nitty gritty on sand play safety at HealthyChild.net and discover the real benefits of digging in the dirt at Penn State's Better Kid Care site.

Old-fashioned wooden sandboxes aren't just for preschool. Learn how to build your own at Lowe's home improvement project site. The instructions include details on every piece of lumber and hardware you'll need to buy for the project. The skill level is intermediate, so if you want to try something easier and a bit smaller, click on DIY Network's simpler directions.

A trip to the beach wouldn't be the same without building a castle out of sand. Get the how-to at  KidzWorld.com. Then surf to KidsTurnCentral.com for more kid-friendly tips on how to build the perfect sandcastle, plus a link to a site where you can build one online and print it out. Get the scoop on more grown-up style sand sculptures at SandcastleCentral.com .

If you want to do more than just build castles or carve out sea sculptures at the beach, sift through the beachy crafts at CreativeKidsAtHome.com, including sand prints and masks.

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