We bought a bucket for a pound at our local supermarket and took it for a test run. We went to Balloch Country Park where I knew there would be stones and water and I figured he could use his bucket to collect his sticks and stones as we walked along and I knew there was sand at the play park area. Walking along we were happy as we found stones to pop into our bucket. Then we came upon the perfect spot to throw them in the water and there was also sand which we could dig and build castles with. We found that we had to take our shoes and socks off as we toddled quite close to the water. We slowly tried to make it to the play park but we never made it as wee man was too distracted by the small "beaches" close to the water. After all are hard work building and smashing castles we treated ourselves to fish and chips at a local pub with ice cream for dessert. A bucket is a worthy investment!