The children enjoyed this project so much that I brought a baggie of sand and some people templates home. I let my boys create one of these super cute projects too. This was fun for the whole family.
If you want to tie this project to reading and writing, consider reading the book, The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch before making this project. Children love his fun use of words to create sounds. After reading the book, have your children dictate to you a list of things they might see or find at a beach.
As a writing extension, have your family work on writing a story together. each member adds to the story as you write it down. You can hang the story up with the pictures and reread t to your children often.