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What more classic beach fun is there than building a sandcastle? Fun for young an old alike, sandcastle construction can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. If you're ready to try something a little more creative than upturning a sand-filled bucket, try adding these tools to your beach bag. A ruler will help you make straight lines, and a straw will enable you to blow away unwanted sand in delicate areas. Various cake decorating tools can be used to help you perfect tricky details, and a trowel - yes, the kind builders use - for big jobs. Use a dull-edged knife or spatula for precise cuts, and try a melon baller for making round-shaped cuts.
Also, during high tide, a good idea for sandcastles is to do them just close enough to where the bigger waves will be inches away, but won't devour it. This way you can dig a moat, and when a big wave hits, it'll fill with water. Also, tell your kids how moats were made to defend castles, and have them find a few crabs maybe, being careful of their pinchers, to protect their little fortress, if it's deep enough, you may be surprised what creatures will volunteer to help the cause. I've caught more fish in a sandcastle moat than everyone in my party with lures. Also, this gives you a chance to teach your kids about the creatures living near the shore.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|