Digital Sand Castle Art Project
Do you need a creative and engaging summer craft that will work for both your virtual and in-person kids? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in making their own digital build a sand castle. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the book “How to Code a Sand Castle” by Sara Palacios.
Are you stuck figuring out what to do with students who finish early? Digital art projects make for great early finishers activities because they take up no space, paper, or other physical materials. Simply assign a handful to your class for the month and stop fretting over projects for students who complete work fast.
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Overview of Digital Sand Castle Art Project for Kids
First, your kids will copy some big castle shapes onto one of the backgrounds. Then, they’ll overlap more castle shapes of various sizes to craft their perfect design. From there, they’ll add windows, flags, sea shells, boats, rocks, a sun, or sand bucket and shovel. The possibilities are endless as to the sand sculptures your class can create allowing them to be creative and unique!
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have them take a picture of where their sand castle is located and have them insert it into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach your class about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about symmetry in nature and man-made objects.
These digital build a sand castle templates include 154 moveable graphics for each child to decorate their own digital sand sculpture. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach your class how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital sand castle templates located on page 3 of the PDF.
- 13 Direction Slides – These explain how to use some of the basic features of Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Backgrounds – These include images of a summer beach scene with sand and waves. This is where kids will place their castle parts onto onto. Any background a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 154 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their summer craft. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for kids in first through third grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – Use these to demonstrate on and show your class a completed version of the sand sculpture art project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Sand Castle Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Slides can be shared with your class. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in this program, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital sand castle templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have kids take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it.
- How do I get the digital sand castle templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Click the link with the pointing arrow on Page 3.