Sand Castles and Snow Forts Oh My!
- What: Sand and snow mold
- When: 12 months and up
- Why: Build faster, stronger, bigger
- Where: Amazon
We first used one of these nifty block shaped buckets when we visited friends who live far north in the middle of winter. Trust them to have the best snow toys! When we got home, my husband immediately ordered three for our family, because he had as much fun building outside as the kids had playing in the creations.
Each of our three identical blocks measure 10 x 5 x 7 inches (roughly 25 x 13 x 18 cm) and comes in bright red plastic so you don’t lose it in the sand or snow. The mold has a handle on one side, with an opening underneath, and can be easily squished upside down in the snow or sand while you fill it up. Once it fills up, you flip it over and dump out the material compacted inside, and voila! You get a big brick for building.
You can also get the same brick in a bigger size measuring 20 x 5.75 x 7 inches (around 50 x 15 x 18 cm) as well as castle tower mold. I think the castle tower mold appeals the least, as it runs smaller and a bit taller at 6.5 x 4.75 x 6 inches, but if you want some extra crenellations on top of your creations, it might be worth the extra splurge.
If you have multiple molds in the same size, they stack easily inside each other for compact storage when not out in the sand, surf, or snow. They weigh very little and can easily be hauled around empty by small hands, and you can easily throw extra sand toys like shovels and buckets into them for transport from the house or car to outside. The smooth lines clean easily once you finish building, and the plastic holds up well to wear and tear as well as lifting heavy loads.