Here are some pictures of my first sand sculpture: The Sphinx. I'm warming up for a Cinder Clouds-themed sculpture later in the week. I think a croc / alligator will invade the beach too.
The Sphinx lasted about an hour before we watched the tide destroy it, which of course is half the fun.
After I had completed the Sphinx, my kids were helping me build the perimeter wall when several other kids came by to see the sculpture. Then they left and reappeared with shovels and quickly got to work helping us.
"Cool, we have slave labor," I said. My younger son picked up on that and relayed that little factiod to every other person who came by.