We had to visit the ocean this week. I really enjoy going during the off season, we were practically the only people there. CG and SA love going, this time they made two small seats of sand and put shells all around them. They sat on the "throne" and viewed the ocean. We also looked for shells and rocks. SA found two sand dollars. After speaking with another lady on the beach we found out that if the sand dollar is grayish in color and has a whole in the middle of the bottom then it is dead. If it is brownish green, the hole is not there and it has little hairs covering it then it is alive. We looked and we had one of each so CG put the one that was alive back. Glad we learned this before we brought it home! SA was quite concerned that he had picked up something that was alive. He didn't want to touch it again.
It was nice to sit back and just watch as they explored the beach and created their little spot. No pencil, no notebook, no Mom pointing things out, just the two of them.