Manual 3D Sandcastle Printer: The Most Tedious Way to Have Fun at the Beach

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Somewhere, mankind lost its way. The latest proof being that instead of relying on good old buckets and other moulds for building sandcastles, kids are now given tools like this plastic sand and water funnel which makes them painstakingly build up a sand structure layer by layer.

It works not unlike the plastic 3D printers that produce items like neato iPhone cases, except that these 3D creations can be just as easily destroyed by an errant wave washing up on shore. On the other hand, this $9 Spilling Funnel is the perfect way to occupy a child's attention for hours on end while you soak up the sun's rays. [Haba via Notcot]