This summer, Konfidence launched a brilliant competition for children under 8 years old to create their own sand art masterpiece. The top three will win a bronze, silver and gold coloured bucket and spade trophy. There is also a £200 Konfidence voucher for the winner, plus a £100 and £50 voucher for the second and third placed entries, as well as a Trunki suitcase and a Bombura bath robe.
There are even weekly winners who will receive a framed certificate with a copy of their picture incorporated into it. The competition is being sponsored by the new Konfidence swim jackets, giving confidence to both parents and children when they’re around water. For every Konfidence swim jacket sold during the competition, Konfidence are donating £1 to the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.
Of course, we had to give the sand art a go – it was the perfect excuse to head to the beach. Being based in the Midlands, a day out by the coast is a bit of journey. So we waited for a sunny day. And waited. And waited. Eventually, we decided we were just going to go for it despite the weather and hope for the best.
When we arrived, the message that Konfidence deliver about water safety really hit home, as a search and rescue helicopter was hovering around the cliffs. I can only hope they were just training, because they were there for a long time and didn’t take anybody off the rocks. As you can see, the weather wasn’t exactly ideal for sand art or swimming in the sea with little ones when we arrived at Dunraven Bay in Southerndown. And what was more, the tide was coming in quite rapidly.
So we sat down on the rocks to eat our picnic, bundled up with jumpers. After lunch, I took the girls to have a look around in the rock pools with their bucket and watering can – ideal rock pooling equipment! By this time, the tide was getting a bit close so we decided to pack up and head to somewhere with a bit more sand. We just had time for a quick ice cream and a play with the pebbles before we were back in the car and off to Barry Island. Whilst Barry is a lot more touristy and much busier, it does have a much larger stretch of sand than Southerndown. And as it turned out, it also had sunshine on its side. So we quickly set to work with our sand art.
Libby was quite happy to just dig in the sand and make little sand crocodiles, so I helped Lia to make a sand art creation. Being only 2 years old, I don’t think she’s going to win any prizes. But nonetheless, here is her sand art creation, which she was rather proud of. After that, it was time to put our Konfidence swim jackets to the test and head down to the sea! Both girls had a good paddle and threw stones in on their own, then they came in a bit deeper with me. We all love open water swimming, but haven’t been in the sea for a while. The last time we swam in open water was at beautiful Loch Leven in Scotland.
At the moment it’s quite difficult to do much open water swimming, because I have to look after both girls myself because my husband is still unable to help out. But the girls and I all felt a lot happier about being in the sea with the swim jackets on, it was a lot easier for them to paddle and swim around without having to hold onto me all the time. If you’re off for a day at the beach soon, why not enter the Konfidence Golden Bucket Sand Art Competition? Terms and conditions can be found on their website. We all had a fabulous day at the beach, and even made a new friend.