Even before the age of 4, our oldest daughter attempted more than her share of sand castles in our then city neighborhood’s numerous sandboxes. So, we’d have had no worry about starting one on the beach. But on a mid-winter escape to the beach, neither bucket nor shovel made the cut for suitcase space, and we had one bucket to share between sisters and other friends on the vacation beach. So, when asked, “Can we make a sand castle, daddy?!” Brian quickly switched gears to dribble castles.
Dribble castles (think mini stalactites) are made from layering drips of wet sand on top of one another until no more can fit without turning castle to mush. My husband and I had fun seeing who could make the taller castle, while our girls enjoyed simply making more and more until a whole kingdom emerged. Just like traditional pack-and-dump sand castles, you can adorn dribble castles and pretend that an endless range of characters live, eat, battle and dream in them. Good times!
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me