In the crazed madness to pack for summer vacation, why is it that the one thing we forget to pack is the beach toys? There’s a reason why beachside restaurants sell the kiddie lunches in a pail with a shovel. Parents forgot to pack the beach toys and now have to collect all the buckets they can find.
So, let’s get inspired now before the last minute packing whirlwind begins.
Grandparent Hint: if you live near the beach, wouldn’t some of these beach toys make the perfect surprise for a grandchild after a long trip? Especially since they were probably accidently left behind.
Comes altogether in a nice handled bag. Easy to throw in car and tote down to the beach. All the tools you need to use your imagination in the sand.
Green Toys Sand Play Set
I love the design and quality of the entire line of Green Toys.
Made in the U.S.A. from recycled plastic milk containers.
Sandcastle In A Box (Hardcover)
by Ted Siebert
For serious castlebuilders:
Book explains how to build towers, windows, stairs, moats, and other classic sandcastle features-even a dragon! Kit includes skewer stick for detailed outlining, small shovel, window template, cylinder mold for tube shapes, palette knife with rounded tip, funnel for tower's top, turret flags, a brush and straw for whisking away loose sand, and a plastic tool bag.
Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for Building Sensational Sand Creations (Paperback)
by Lucinda Wierenga
Stewart, Tabori & Chang May 2009
If this doesn’t inspire, I don’t know what will.
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out in paperback!
Some websites for more information:
From Today’s Parent:
How to Make a Sandcastle
Essential skills for a summer of fun
Jeffrey Lee (adapted from his book "Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite: 21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know")
Kid’s Turn Central
Sand Castle Building Online for more links
And, of course, the first item packed is the sunscreen, so you’ll have plenty of protection on hand for fun in the sun!