Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sand Star



I asked Maddie if she'd like to make a sand-and-shell something, at the beach with me.
"It could be a heart... a fish... I think I'll make a star! Want to?"
She said yes.

At the beach, we looked for interesting things... beach glass, shells, pebbles...

Our beach is on a lake, so we are limited in our treasures, but we looked for what we could.

Maddie was disappointed that she couldn't find enough shells. I offered her the ones I had found, which she didn't want to take from me, so I offered to share my creation with her... we could both make it.
That was alright with her.

We dug a hole in the sand,


and put in the shells.


We put one part of plaster of paris in a soft plastic bucket (that I use for plaster), and then 1/2 a part of beach water in with the plaster.

Stirred it up,

and then poured it into our shape in the sand.

After we let it set for a little while,

we dug it up.


There! A treasure to take home.

5 comments:

  1. I do believe your creativity is endless! I would love to find sweet shells like those on our beaches. Mostly there are just mussel & clam shells...nothing quite so elegant as your lake treasures.

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  2. Very cool! You can have some of our lake Erie shells. It's like walking on broken glass at the edge of the water. I bet they would make some pretty neat castings, though! :o)

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  3. what a cool idea, my son wants to give his uncle 'footprints' for his birthday and this is the answer I've been looking for. fab I love it :-)

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  4. We have a beach trip planned in a few weeks. I am so doing this! I can't wait to give you credit!

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