Sand-castle making certainly needn't be taken too seriously -- kids can see a "castle" in even the humblest pile of sand. Still, should you wish to take your building to the next level, all you need are some basic tools and wet sand (the wetter, the better).
To start, form a good foundation. Choose a site close to the water's edge. Draw your castle's perimeter in the sand and mound a big pile of sand inside it. Dig a hole in the center, fill with water, and tamp down. Add layers of sand and water until you have a firm, level mound.
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