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Little Shrimps
Driftwood Mosaics
Shell Seekers
Beach Flower Pot Game
Scrub the Decks
Pit Pat Race Track
Sea Glass and Stone Collections
Drip Castles and Sand Sculptures
Beach Boules
Jurassic Mosaics
Sand Traps
French Cricket
Beach Rounders
Mud Glorious Mud

Drip Castles and Sand Sculptures

You can make fantastically creative shapes and sculptures out of wet sand.

Drip castles are easy even for the smallest children. Get a handful of wet sand and let it drop through your fingers, dribbling to make a weird and wonderful cone-shaped pile on the sand below. Drip lots of these castles together to create your own towering Gormenghast city-scape.

Or try a giant beach sculpture - a mermaid, boat, car, giant ice-cream cone, crab, shark, octopus, whatever takes your fancy. You need wet sand so set up a site near the sea (make sure the tide is not coming in). Together push the sand into the outline shape then smooth it down with your hands.

It takes a while and much careful sculpting, but the results are spectacular. Use sticks to carve fish scales and other detail, then decorate with shells, seaweed, feathers and stones.