Sandcastle Preschool Craft

Encourage creative thinking and fine motor skills with this quick & easy sandcastle preschool craft. Not only is it a must for your next preschool beach theme, but it makes a great sensory activity too! You’re definitely not going to want to miss this fun sandcastle process art!

collage of sandcastle craft images with text: Quick & Easy Sandcastle Preschool CraftI can’t even wrap my head around how hot it’s been this week and the kiddos and I have been in the pool more days than not. The little guy can finally touch the bottom in the shallow end and of course, he’s becoming more and more of a fish every day. We’re definitely loving these beautiful summer days filled with sunshine and swimming.

preschooler cutting out shapes to make sandcastle craft
This week we’ve been doing lots of fun beach-themed activities and today we’re sharing this quick & easy Sandcastle Preschool Craft. And the best part? It’s a wonderful sensory experience for your little kids too!

preschooler gluing large square onto cardstock
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler adding paper towers to sandcastle craft
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

preschooler gluing paper tower to sandcastle craft
This was a great activity for working on those creative thinking and problem-solving skills! How can you use the materials to make a sandcastle? The little guy loves all things building and construction so he was for sure up to the challenge!

preschooler adding glue to sandcastle craft
We started with some basic supplies: a sheet of patterned paper resembling sand, a blue piece of cardstock, and cellophane, which I never would’ve thought to use. After the little guy made his sandcastle, he used real sand to make doors and windows. How cool is that?

Did I mention that he used the cellophane to create a moat around his sandcastle? When I asked him about his artwork, he said “I even added some golden sand, so it looked like there was treasure in the sea.” I’m seriously in love with how it turned out!
preschooler making doors and windows on sandcastle craft

According to the little guy, he “loved sprinkling the sand everywhere.” Like I said, win-win. This was definitely a great STEAM activity and we all really enjoyed it.

preschooler using glue to make doors and windows on sandcastle craft
Obviously, Experience Early Learning never disappoints. The process art experiences are always perfect for such a wide range of ages and we look forward to them each and every month.

finished sandcastle preschool craft
Sandcastle Invitation to Create Process Art

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Sand Sheet
  • Background Paper
  • Cellophane
  • Sand
  • Glue
  • Scissors

preschooler picking up sand to add to sandcastle craft
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and any additional materials.


  • What rooms do you think are in the castle?
  • What kind of castle or building are you going to build?
  • How can you use the sand sheet and sand?
  • How will you use the cellophane in your design?


  • Did the child assemble different pieces to create a sandcastle?
  • Did he try to recreate the photo or did he make his own design?

preschoolers sprinkling sand onto sandcastle craft
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.

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collage of sandcastle craft images with text: Sandcastle Preschool Process Art

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