Summer is really here and so are fun beach days with the kids. What do kids tend to bring home with them? SAND! In their shoes, beach bags or even in sand pails because they can’t bear to part with the beach. Here is a fun activity – sand candles – to make use of all of that extra sand and continue your kiddo’s fun on a hot summer day!
Tip: For extra fun add sea shells from the beach to the top of your candle mold to add a little “beachy” effect!
- Large heat-proof mixing bowl
- Empty 1-pound coffee can
- Paraffin or old candle stubs
- Candle wicking
- Thin wood dowel or stick
- Fill the bowl three quarters full with slightly damp sand and ask your child to dig a mold about the size of his fist.
- Using your hands, bend one side of the coffee can rim to form a spout. Fill the can halfway with paraffin and set it in a saucepan that’s one fourth filled with water. (Never place the can directly on the burner.) Then melt the wax over very low heat; when it has melted, turn off the heat.
- Cut the wicking to 6 to 8 inches longer than your mold is deep. Rest the dowel across the bowl’s top and tie one end of the wick around it. Press the other end into the bottom of the mold.
- Now it’s the adult’s job to carefully pour the wax into the mold until it reaches about 1 inch from the top.
- Once the candle is cool, remove it from the mold, brush off any excess sand, and trim the wick.
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