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.

Why Dont You Just Ask Google

Sometimes small moments capture a child’s perception of the adult world that surrounds them. This weekend I was lucky enough to overhear a conversation my son was having with his very young daughter:

My son was patiently talking to his daughter about the next days activities, when she suddenly interjected with:

Daddy can I ask Google something on your phone?

Just ask googleThe availability of expert advice had been shared with her the previous week and she was  keen to use it whenever a suitable question occurred. As she had been far too busy so far that day at the park followed by cutting, sticking and painting, this was perhaps her first potential moment.

Without prompting she sat quietly for a second and then lean’t forward and said:

Google what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?

Google promptly answered her question with:

The weather in … is going to be 18° with showers

She thought for a split second and then said:

Actually Google Id like sunshine.

She then sat back, smiled and said to her Dad:

There I’ve sorted it, its going to be sunny now!

My son and I looked at each other and both realised that to our lovely three year old little girl, Google had taken on the role of God.

So Google, you have a lot to live up to!

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