We are not by a beach at all but after playing in the snow in Kansas City it seamed only right to return home and play in the sand. I thought it might entertain the toddlers but the slightly older ones got into the creativity.
I am always amazed at how fun kids can have if just allowed to get messy. Just allowing time for creative play is an essential part of growing up and of our homeschooling. It might not always look like school work is happening but the brain is developing.