Could You Live in a Sandcastle?

Probably not, but this castle is about 70 feet tall! Building it took about 5,000 tons of sand – that weight is equal to 400 school buses! The builder needed help from 30 sand sculptors to make all that sand stick together – and of course, a whole lot of glue. Even if we can’t live in all that sand, we can still dig it.

Wee ones: If you want to make a sandcastle taller than you, how tall would it have to be? Ask a grown-up to help you measure your height!

Little kids: If you build a 5-foot tall tower and then put a fancy 2-foot tall turret on top of it, how tall is the whole thing? Bonus: If you build your castle one 10-foot layer at a time, what numbers do you say to count by 10s to 70?

Big kids: If the castle-builders start making the final turret at 8:30 in the morning, and finish it 9 1/2 hours later, at what time do they finish? Bonus: If 400 identical school buses weigh 5,000 tons, does each school bus weigh more than 10 tons?


Wee ones: Different for everyone – find out your height, then add at least 1 inch!

Little kids: 7 feet tall. Bonus: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. 

Big kids: At 6 pm. Bonus: Yes! 400 school buses that weighed 10 tons each would equal 4,000 tons, less than 5,000 tons.

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