We were so lucky to be in Brighton at the weekend - it's a superb place to be when the sun shines. As we were staying in Hove, we spent a lot of time on the beach there. The sea gleamed and sparkled, enticing nearly everyone into its icy shallows, and the shore's pebbly surface was a treasure-seeker's paradise. There were translucent glassy gems, large rounded pale stones, smaller jagged rocks shot with quartz, and an interesting variety of sea-smoothed shells - all within easy reach of our beach-towel base.
We used these fabulous resources for our play; building structures, making collections, setting up a seashell shop, and decorating pebbles with (washable) felt-tip colour. We even enjoyed a few games of beach noughts and crosses. As you can see below, we marked out a grid with some string then selected some pebbles - as the noughts, and shells - as the crosses, from our surroundings. It couldn't have been simpler.
And, for some, there were highly energetic aqua-frisbee games too - brrrrrrr. I would have joined them of course, but someone had to stay out of the water to photograph the action, didn't they?