We were at chowpatty beach today. Had gone there with all three boys and the nanny today. I had carried all their beach toys along in a little plastic bag – spades and shovels and a bucket and what not. When we got to the beach the boys got out of the car and started running on the sand. Suddenly Nish stopped and looked at the sand. “what is this?” he asked me, pointing to markings of a shoe in the sand. I showed them how feet or shoes left a print in the sand…”like painting?” asked Sid…yes kind of i guess. So the next 5-7 minutes was spend closely scrutinising the sand for different prints. We found different shoe marks, footprints, markings made by crows and dogs as well as bicycle tyre marks.
The boys dug for about 10 minutes with their spades and then they were unceremoniously discarded in the sand. Instead, they found some flat stones and started digging with those! They found shells and bottle caps 😦 which they used to transfer sand and then pour it out.
They saw a dog rolling in the sand and decided to copy him. so both boys were lying in the sand and also trying to bury parts of themselves in the sand. In doing so they discovered that the top layer of sand was cool and the lower layers were warm.
They saw the boats come in and discovered two different types – boats with oars (and we sang row row row your boat) and boats with outboard motors. “more noise” was one observation!
Then the boys spent a little time chasing crows and pretending to feed them – offering them sand and calling it sugar!
We had to leave in a hurry though…the boys saw the doggie starting to poop and promptly started pulling off their pants to follow his lead. I decided that was enough and before any real damage to the beach we whisked the boys off to the car.
Once again realized how little the boys need store bought toys to have fun or learn new things. Sand, dogs, shells, boats and a whole lot of curiosity made our evening so much fun!!!