My kids have always loved sand and with sand comes sandcastle building. But who says you always have to build castles? Why not use the sand to build other things?
My son loves dinosaurs so we decided it would be fun to be archaeologists and put some dinosaur bones on display in the museum.
My son and I built the museum walls using a wall shaped container. Don't have one? No worries, use a plastic cup or take out container for your walls.
Next we used a dinosaur bone set I picked up at Loblaws last year. I saw them again recently. It was fun figuring out how to put the dinosaur together. In fact, we may have been missing a few pieces but as my son reminded me, many of the dinosaurs in real museums don't have all their bones. See - thank goodness for kids to snap us grownups out of our Type-A perfectionist mode.
My son thought that it would be fun to add soldiers (and security pigs it seems) to the wall to protect the bones from thieves. Good thinking.
Encourage your kids to think outside the box this summer and come up with other fun ideas for getting creative in the sand.