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So, you think a few buckets full of sand, a couple of twigs and some shells is enough to make a mega sandcastle? No way! We’ve talked to the experts and here are the secrets to making the best sandcastle ever.

What you need
• Spades • Buckets • Moulds • Trowel • Plastic knives • Lolly sticks

What you do

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Location, location, location. If you want your sand­ castle to last, it needs to be near enough to the wa­ ter’s edge that the sand is damp, but not so near that the waves come in and wash it away.

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• To stop the sand from drying out, fill a spray bottle with water and squirt on the sand. • When you

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Build the towers. Make them grow gradually taller and taller using thick circular slices of damp sand piled on top of each other. Make the walls. press handfuls of wet sand together in a line and then build them up layer by layer. The base needs to be wider than the rest of the wall to provide the proper support. Make arches. Tunnel through the base of a wall you have built using a lolly stick, gradually making the hole bigger.

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are filling the bucket with sand, give it a shake now and then to make sure there are no gaps, and then pat the sand down firmly. • If your bucket gets too wet and it becomes too difficult to get your sandcastle out, use fine, dry, warm sand to help it dry out.

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