I have a confession to make. Even though I know that tactile play is incredibly good for a child’s development I avoid messy toys… like sand.
Imagine my joy when we were sent a bag of sand to play with
Moose was genuinely thrilled, the idea of indoor sandcastles made him positively giddy in fact. Me? not so much. It’s not so much that I hate cleaning but I already hoover 3 times a day because someone (me) made the interesting life choice to adopt a turbo shedding hound so adding more “stuff” to clear up is never my first choice.
Inside the box
You will find a 1.5kg bag of sand as well as 8 plastic sandcastle moulds and a set of instructions. The box itself forms part of the playset which I thought was handy as it helps to contain the bits.
The instructions tell you how to fold the box to allow for play but our flap kept coming loose. It made no difference anyway.
What did Moose think?
He loves the stuff. He spent ages just touching and playing with the sand at first. It feels a bit like wet sand but because of what I can only presume is magic, it sticks to itself and leaves no mess. NO MESS!
It’s non toxic and gluten free so good for any little ones who have an intolerance to gluten but who are prone to sticking everything into their mouths. Moose has a friend who fits this description so it’s nice to know they can play with the Kinetic Sand without that added worry.
We found the moulds really easy to use and Moose was happy after a little while of playing together to just sit and build his sandcastles by himself. I would say that with supervision this toy would be fine for a preschooler but 4-6 would be the ideal age range I think.
I thought that the sand provided was plenty but you are able to purchase more sand separately and in lots of different colours too!
Would we buy it?
The short answer is yes. I have already put another set on the Christmas list and I think it would make a great present for other peoples children too! The price of this set was £19.99 which considering it’s claim to “never dry out” is pretty good considering the hours of play value I am sure Moose will get out of it.
This is how much I found on the floor after an hour of Moose playing with it. Not bad!
We have decided to store the sand in plastic tubs just to make sure it stays in the best condition.
We were sent the set in exchange for an honest review.