The older three worked on burying each other:
And to keep her injured finger safe and sand-free, Zoë obediently sat on the grass drawing in my notepad...for a while:
But, oh, that sand looked so warm and enticing...
And then, as you probably guessed, she abandoned the notebook altogether, but was still rather careful about her finger.
Here's Alexander using the shovel to fill his shoe so he can dump it onto his castle to make it bigger. This saved time overall, he explained, because his shoe can hold multiple loads of sand from the shovel, which he can then dump onto his castle all at once.
I don't see his logic, because I think it would actually be faster to simply shovel the sand directly onto his castle. But he was having fun, so who am I to argue?
Alexander had to give it a go:
And then Zoë threw caution to the wind and made a sand angel as well (you can see that she's being careful to keep her fingertips out of the sand, however):
With Rachel sufficiently buried, Miriam decided she needed to be buried as well, so she sat in front of Rachel and let the littler people bury her feet.
Alexander helped, too, but didn't understand the directive and...do you see that handful of sand he's carrying? He dumped it right down Rachel's shirt before we could stop him. So that was fun for her.
And then, when both Miriam and Rachel's feet were buried, Alexander jumped on top of Miriam's lap and started flinging sand like an overexcited puppy:
And now there's five (Alexander is poking his face out the hole in the tunnel):