This excavation activity packs a whole lot of awesome things like yummy cookies, the beach, and gummy candy into one cool little dig you can actually eat! That's right, an excavation you can eat!

First we will show you a super simple way to make edible sand with only two ingredients. Then we'll show you how to use that edible sand to make a super fun Edible Sand Excavation filled with yummy little items to discover and enjoy. 

Fun facts: The material most commonly thought of as sand is silica, made of quartz crystals that have broken down about as far as they will naturally, to about a millimeter in diameter.
  • Oreos
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Food processor or blender 
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Gummy seashells, sharks, or other ocean themed gummy candies. 
  • Optional - Beach bucket - You can get really cool small beach buckets online or just use a regular sized one from the dollar store.
  • Optional - Beach shovel - As with the small beach buckets, there are super cute little shovel spoons your can purchase for cheap. 

Pro tip: The Edible Sand Excavation makes a great birthday party activity that is not only yummy, but keeps the birthday party guests entertained. 


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  1. If you are using a beach bucket, be sure to give it a good wash even if it is brand new.
  2. Scrap the white cream center out of four Oreo cookies.
  3. Put about six Nilla Wafers and the four Oreos in the food processor. 
  4. Blend until you reach a texture similar to sand.
  5. Add the sand you have just created to your bowl or beach bucket.
  6. Hide your ocean themed gummies in the Edible Sand Excavation.

Pro tip: Use the Edible Sand Excavation as an awesome sensory activity for those younger excavating adventurers. Just scrub those little hands up and let them dig in and enjoy. You could even provide a sorting mat with images, colors, or even written names of the hidden gummy items, and encourage your little one to match the item before indulging in the tasty discoveries. You may want to use a tray or bin as opposed to a bucket for this sensory experience. 

Now the Edible Sand Excavation is ready to be enjoyed. Find an area that is easy to clean up and let the excavating begin. 

I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and had fun making the Edible Sand Excavation. These excavations are very easy to make, inexpensive, and a lot of fun!
Pro tip: You can make an Edible Sand Excavation with all kinds of different cookies so don't feel limited to using just Nilla Wafers and Oreos. Sugar cookies, animal crackers, graham crackers, and more all make great substitutes to what we recommend. Simply blend them together as described above and shoot for an outcome that looks like sand! The edible sand not only makes for a great excavation material, but it can be used to top cakes, puddings, ice cream and more with delicious results. 
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Happy Excavating!