This week we had a day out at the seaside with some other home educating friends. The boys hunted for interesting rocks and shells; drew on the sea walls with the chalk from the beach; fished around in a rockpool, finding a crab (sadly, dead :-(); buried some treasure and marked with a cross and a circle of stones; had a game of crazy golf and of course, ate ice lollies! While we were on the beach, a school trip of about 60 children and teachers arrived. We gawped and eavesdropped :-P. The children appeared to be looking for interesting items for an art class. All had clipboards (colour coded for each class) and were instructed that they couldn't go on the tantalising rocks that our kids had just been gleefully leaping around, couldn't go too far this way or that way, shouldn't pick up anything that might be slimy or smelly and were each given just one small ziploc bag to put their finds into. How to take the fun out of a trip to the seaside?!?