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Published May 26th 2013
Bring out the creative you
Every year thousands of people head over to Bondi to enjoy an amazing show of creativity in the annual sculptures by the sea exhibition. And it was this great display that gave me an idea.

On a recent outing with a friend and 5 kids, we decided to stop at the beach. The day was stunning, but the water was just a little too cold to swim in. The children played for a while on the sand, but soon got bored and wanted to go home.

Not ready to go yet, my friend and I came up with an idea to create our own "sculptures by the sea" competition. The plan was to give the winner of the most creative sculpture a special prize.

At first the children were a little hesitant, but with the incentive of being able to win something, they slowly warmed up to the idea and headed back to the sand to start on their creations.

In the meantime, it was up to us to come up with a prize. And we knew it was going to be tough to choose the best sculpture. The kids were working really hard and we didn't know how we were going to choose a winner.

However, we came up with a brilliant plan. Whilst the children created their masterpieces, I headed to the supermarket across the road and bought a 2 litre container of ice cream, plastic cups, spoons and a selection of lollies and chocolate. And we set up our own "Cold Rock" ice cream station.

That way all the children would be rewarded for their hard work and could continue their creativity by making up their unique ice cream/lolly combinations. The kids loved it.

By the time we finished the afternoon, they were beaming so proud of their sculptures and excited to have their treat.

Most kids these days spend a lot of time being entertained by computers, video games and the TV. They tend not to develop their creative side and rely on things outside themselves to keep them busy and stimulated. So it was exciting for us to see how much enjoyment they got out of creating their sculptures by the sea.
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Why? Beach fun for kids
When: All year round
Where: Anywhere there is sand
Cost: Free
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