A couple in our hall, the Lessers, put together a gathering at Ocean Beach to collect black sand. They had taken pictures of the kids and the idea was to use the black sand like the old toy where you could draw hair, mustaches, etc.
After the black sand collecting, we could play volleyball, fly kites, play in the sand. Later that night we would roast hot dogs and make s'mores. It was a lot of fun.
Collecting Black Sand
So they had an ingenious way of collecting the sand. The black sand at Ocean Beach is made primarily of Maganite. So how the kids would collect the sand is by placing a magnet at the bottom of a plastic cup. They would run the cup through the sand with the black sand collecting on the outside of the cup. Then they would place a plastic baggy over the bottom of the cup, then remove the magnet from the cup. The black sand would then drop into the cup.
Emma and Sophie collected so much of the stuff. It was really fun to watch.
Myles was much happier chasing the waves. The problem this day though was that it was about 57-degrees out and extremely winding. Perfect kite weather, but not for getting wet.
The weather the day before had been in the 80's. That has been our weather this spring.
It was SO windy that the sand was getting into everything.
We still had a lot of fun though.
And the kids got to play with all of their friends.
At the end of the day, we got the bonfire going and the kids had sandy hot dogs and s'mores.
The way the sand was blowing it got into everything. So the s'mores were a bit sandy. We had brought strawberry marshmallows, someone brought homemade ones, and someone brought green.
The kids had an awesome time. And it was a great time to spend with the friends from the hall.
All in all a very great day.