Making Sandcastles By The Sea

When you are age three and visiting Grandma by the sea, the beach is a very exciting place to spend time. Whether its early morning walks along the sand, counting jelly fish that have been unfortunate enough to be marooned on the shore until the next tide, or mid day visits to explore; sand and water are of high interest and making sandcastles is great fun.

Shells are great for collecting and sorting, and we always take a bucket along to fill with these. Being able to show you something they have discovered independently is great fun for younger children – and grown ups!

 

Activities and toys that enable fun and discovery on the beach are always of interest. This morning when looking for new toys / ideas for the coming weekend I discovered Alto @toyella.

This advanced form of bucket appears to allow your little one not only to have the excitement of filling the bucket full of wet sand, but also then the success of the sandcastle turning out looking like a sandcastle.

The three tiered design appears to have a system to let your child build independently without the disappointment that often follows digging and filling. Avoiding the feeling of failure when, as the excitement peaks, they tip over the bucket and tap, lift the bucket slowly … and the sand flops to the ground or stays in the bucket in a messy mound.

The image below from the Alto site seems to demonstrate what appears to be towers of sand which would allow any three year old to become a sand architect!

Alto bucket for the beach

If any of you have tried and tested this product I would love to hear from you.

Lets go fly a kite

Occasionally something happens that seems timeless. Watching my Granddaughter flying a kite, gazing up in awe and concentrating as it looped and hovered happily in the air, was one such moment.

The design of the kite was simple, and hadn’t changed greatly since the time many decades ago I flew a kite with my Dad, on the same windy beach. My own children had carried on the tradition and now I was watching the first flight of my granddaughters kite.

Flying the kite was something that once shown how, she could do independently and safely and she loved it!

If you haven’t tried this with your little one, I strongly recommend that you do.

So inspired was she that when we arrived home, she immediately captured the day in paint. An amazingly detailed picture for a three year old, capturing the sea and sand, the family present and taking pride of place in the air … her kite.

flying a kite at the beachbeach kite flying drawing

 

For further days out and fun activities to keep you busy see our other outdoor posts

Why Can’t We Drill For Shells Grandma

Beach combing is always something I have loved.

Its really relaxing, walking along and focussing upon the sand. Letting your eyes select appropriate drift wood, pebbles or shells you selection and collection.

This weekend, I thought therefore that I was totally prepared and equipped when taking my grand daughter beach combing.

We had the obligatory bag to collect the shells in, Wellington boots, lots of layers, rain proof jackets and sunglasses – you never know when it might, rain, or the sun might shine!

As we got ready to leave, my three year old granddaughter surprised me. She had brought along her toy drill and announced quite seriously…

“Why can’t we drill for shells Grandma?”

I must admit I didn’t have an answer, other than good idea, lets give it a go.

So off we went and I soon, watching Mia comb the beach, realised what she was doing, she now due to regular attendance on the beach, considered the shells on the top, easy prey, and instead was drilling she announced for

“The ones I cant see”

I loved this idea!

Next time we visit the beach, we have decided to take a spade along. That way when Mia drills down (all of 2 inches) if she hits something like a shell or pebble hidden under the sand, we are going to dig down and discover what she has found!

We Found Pirate Ships On The Beach

If you feel like you need some fresh air and exercise after all of your Easter eggs this weekend, why not visit the seaside?

Last weekend we popped to the beach on Sunday morning. The Spring tide had created a treasure trove of shells, pebbles and driftwood for us to explore. My top tip is to be prepared for this and take a bag to store your collection. Continue reading We Found Pirate Ships On The Beach