Kinetic sand giveaway

I swear that if I collected the sand our girls brought home from daycare each week, I would have enough to make our own sand pit … or two.

I don’t know what our two-year-old does at daycare, but when I pick her up it seems like she’s spent the entire day rolling in the sandpit.

It’s all through her hair, her eyelashes, her body, her face and even in her undies. It’s everywhere. A couple of times I’ve forgotten to empty out the girls’ shoes before coming home and have had them merrily tip a bucket load from their shoes onto my clean floors. Argh! Miss Four has even come home with her pockets filled with the stuff.

The kids would love a sandpit at home, but I’m happy to leave that kind of mess at daycare for now. I battle enough with play dough as it is. That stuff gets absolutely everywhere. I die a little inside every time the girls ask to play with it πŸ˜‰

Around Christmas time, kinetic sand seemed to be the buzz word when it came to kids and educational toys. It looked really cool, but by the time I’d heard about it I had already bought the girls their Christmas presents.

When a representative from Baby Vegas contacted me recently asking me to test drive one of their products for a giveaway, I jumped at the chance to trial the kinetic sand.

Can I just say whoever came up with kinetic sand is an absolute genius?!

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We tested it out on the weekend and oh my God we love it – kids and adults included.

My parents came around last Saturday morning for a visit and Dad and Dave looked like they had nothing to do, so I handed Dave the box of kinetic sand and he, Dad and Miss Four set to work.

At first, Dad and Dave seemed to be more mesmerised with the sand than Miss Four.

As they picked it up, moulded it, sliced it and diced it, they tried to work out what ingredient made it look like sand, but not have the same texture or messy effect as sand.

‘It’s magic,’ I announced to Dad.

‘That’s what the box says. 98% sand and 2% magic.’

Miss Four looked at me with wide eyes as I mentioned the ‘M’ word. You could see her little mind ticking over as she became immersed in creating with this magical substance.

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Dave didn’t need any encouragement to build his own creations settling on a map of Australia, New Zealand and Stewart Island.

Before long, Miss Two wanted to know what all of the fuss was about with the magical sand. While the sand is meant for ages 3 and over, at almost two-and-a-half she had a great play with it. These days it’s hard to get anything to capture her attention for a decent amount of time, but she quickly fell in love with the stretchy sand.

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The greatest thing for me was that it kept them occupied for ages and it was so easy to clean and put away. It doesn’t get everywhere like regular sand or play dough. Pressing my index finger to the sand was all I needed to do to pick up any clumps that had fallen to the ground. Quite simply, this stuff is that awesome.

Thanks to Baby Vegas, I’m giving away 1kg kinetic sand Sand in Motion to two lucky readers.

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All you have to do is tell me in the comments what you would create with your kinetic sand.

While you’re at it, check out the Baby Vegas website. They specialise in unique and hard to find educational and play toys. I want one of everything on their website!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lara and Lily!

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Friday 3 April.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday 4 April.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a sample of the product mentioned above for the purpose of this giveaway. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with With Some Grace for FYBF.

41 comments on Kinetic sand giveaway

  1. Alli Vainionpaa
    March 27, 2015 at 7:01 am (3 years ago)

    my little girl also loves to play in the sandpit at Kindy, but I’m naughty and we don’t have play dough, sand or anything messy at home! This looks great though and I’m sure should would love to create her own little pretend pirate treasure world, as pirates seem to rule at the moment!

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  2. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    March 27, 2015 at 7:36 am (3 years ago)

    How cool does that look. I’m almost tempted to pretend I have little ones and enter this one. You are never too old to have fun and while this looks like a lot of fun, I’m guessing it would also be rather relaxing as well.

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  3. Me
    March 27, 2015 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    I used to hate it when K came home from kindy after playing in the sandpit too – it seemed like there was always some sand somewhere in the house !!!!!
    I don’t have a clue as to what I’d make but EVERY TIME I walk past somewhere that has it out, I have a play – I LOVE the stuff – I just can’t justify spending money on something for me to play with given my baby of 23yo doesn’t live at home and we don’t have any other little people around who would play with it although, just thinking about it, maybe it would be great to have for friends who visit with little people !!!
    Have the BEST day !

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  4. Elisha Ross
    March 27, 2015 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

    No more messy play dough or porridge swamps for the dinosaur fans here. Kinetic Sand would be the best. We can make volcanos and dinosaur swamps til the cows come home, indoors and with NO MESS! Oh yes please, Kinetic Sand us dinosaur lovers up.

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  5. Kaz @ Melting Moments
    March 27, 2015 at 9:05 am (3 years ago)

    It’s so much fun isn’t it. I love the magic factor too πŸ™‚

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  6. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    March 27, 2015 at 9:16 am (3 years ago)

    I really like to make fake food with it because I LOVED anything to do with fake food as a kid, but I think that might be too tempting for bub and she’d probably try and eat it. We’d probably do animal moulds as she obsessed with learning different animals at the moment πŸ™‚

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  7. Linda
    March 27, 2015 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my, that is so clever. I’m not as talented and with two little boys..we’d have to bring in the cranes and diggers, so a quarry or building site. I would of course have to make a sand castle (just a standard one) too tempting!

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  8. Leanne Stansbury
    March 27, 2015 at 9:25 am (3 years ago)

    I would create a 3D message board with a twig to scratch in messages or simple shapes to create emoticon types messages. Fun.

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  9. Kristy Middleton
    March 27, 2015 at 10:07 am (3 years ago)

    My boys aged 3 and 7 would likely use it to make skylanders or gruesome minecraft creations. Or make volcanoes for their lego men to climb and fall into. I would probably just use pretty moulds to make things as I don’t think I could compete with Dave’s amazing map of Australia and NZ !!

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  10. Lisa Wood
    March 27, 2015 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    We don’t have a sandpit cause we are in a furnished apartment on the sunshine coast,
    being a homeschooling family Kinetic Sand looks ideal.
    I so could see our boys {oh okay, me too} making Army Bunkers, Forts and Fairies. Well I guess I would be making the fairies to show our boys a softer side of life!

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  11. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 27, 2015 at 10:26 am (3 years ago)

    Oh I’ve been wanting to try this stuff! I’d get out the chocolate mouds and silicone cake pans and make an awesome sand cake because miss 2.5 is right in to cooking/serving play at the moment. Her other big thing just now is toy story so we would also try for a kinetic sand Woody πŸ™‚

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  12. sapna
    March 27, 2015 at 10:44 am (3 years ago)

    My 7 year old would love to make sand castles with kinetic sands & 3 year old would try his best to break them and make impressions of his hands on the sand.

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  13. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    March 27, 2015 at 10:58 am (3 years ago)

    Gosh this looks like so much fun! My husband built a sandpit for our boys over Christmas and while they both LOVE playing in it and it keeps them occupied for hours, I too die a little inside every time they ask to play in it. We now have a no clothes sand pit play policy and they either go straight into the pool or have a bath as soon as they finish.
    Given my boys love of cars/trucks/all things transport, I have no doubt they would create some kind of truck or machinery with this sand.

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  14. Caroline Raj @ Mamma Raj Says
    March 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow that doesn’t look like magic and total fun! What would I personally make….well sand easter eggs of course for Easter coming up. Decorations or just a good way to chat to the girls about what easter is whilst making them:-)

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  15. Tonia Zemek
    March 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Ok, this is AWESOME. I have a few little friends that would love this. PS – tell Dave those maps are pretty awesome too.

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  16. stephanie@stephsjoy
    March 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm (3 years ago)

    We have some of that kinetic sand. It blows my mind how it works, but is lots of fun!

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  17. Di
    March 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Our Kinetic sand will create lots of fun, not sure who for the most hubby or the kids! He’s the one always saying we should buy some!

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  18. DIANA O
    March 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    In our house we’ll create snails, an army of them. They’re the flavour of the month at the moment, and will hopefully stop little miss from bringing the real deal into the house.

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  19. Ern
    March 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Gee I think the girls will make cakes and biscuits and things like that to go with their huge teaset and Kitchen in the cubby .

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  20. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    March 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

    How awesome is the map of Australia and NZ?? Love it! We have a sandpit at home. It’s in the backyard but it may as well be in the lounge room, cos that’s where half the sand ends up. What would we make with kinetic sand? Well Mr 3 is just getting across his ABCs and 123s right now, so I’m thinking it would be awesome for shaping letters and numbers! His big sisters would love pitching in and playing teacher too.

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  21. Pinky Poinker
    March 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm (3 years ago)

    We used to have plain old plasticine when we were kids which would start off all bright and colourful and end up as a huge grey ball. This type of activity is brilliant for honing the fine motor skills of littlies before they start school. Cool stuff!

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  22. Bec @ The Plumbette
    March 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm (3 years ago)

    We have a mini sandpit at home and while it’s great for the girls to play outside and have fun with, I don’t like it being walked in with them when they come inside. We would make sand castles and since there’s a little bit of magic in the sand we’d try and make an Elsa Castle. This is what Esther says, not me. πŸ™‚

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  23. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    March 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my lordy, this stuff is the bomb! I’m a total sucker for the magic of it. I am mesmerised by it. I need not make anything creative with it, I’d be happy to just save myself a therapy session because I can just run it through my fingers and play with it all day and strangely feel refreshed (and now I’m sounding like a weirdo) x

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  24. karina lee
    March 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

    A zen garden.

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  25. Rob rout
    March 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    My 7 year old son and I will make a boat and fish he loves the ocean and everything that comes with it

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  26. Julia Mason
    March 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to create the Eiffel tower, cause I’m fascinated with it and one day I would love to go there!

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  27. sonya n.
    March 28, 2015 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    My children love sand and I’m sure they wouldn’t let me touch it! Whenever my daughter comes home from school she empties her sand from her shoes over the floorboards to my annoyance so I’m sure, as she’s a cheeky little thing, she’d build a shoe out of her kinetic sand just to be funny!

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  28. Julian
    March 28, 2015 at 11:29 am (3 years ago)

    Our children (girl, 7 and boy, 3) are fascinated with fairies and fairy doors. Our daughter would no doubt help our son make the fairy door and she would charge herself with building a fairy. πŸ™‚

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  29. julie pignataro
    March 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

    my nieces in grade four and year 7 , would love this as they cant afford to buy it

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  30. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Kinetic Sand is BRILLIANT! It is the most amazing stuff and I gave lots of packs to my friends kids at Christmas time. My tornadoes love the stuff, as do I (playing with it is strangely therapeutic!). We love using mini cake moulds and creating “cakes” which we then “bake” in their Ikea kitchen. So much easier to clean up than play-doh (I’m with you on that one!). We keep ours stored in plastic kitty litter trays. The tornadoes each have a tray of their own. I may have looked like a crazy cat lady walking through Big W buying a number of kitty litter trays but it has saved a lot of fights as thy each have their own sand allocation! Enjoy Renee xx

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  31. Kate Black
    March 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I would create a sand fairy land to take me back to my childhood years, complete with elves, dragons and faraways trees πŸ™‚

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  32. Stacey Shailer
    March 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Considering the level of Frozen obsession in this household, I’d have to say it’d be the entire cast of Frozen…lucky me! πŸ™‚

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  33. Dannielle @ Zamamabakes
    March 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Santa did manage to deliver some of this magic to our place at Christmas and oh my goodness it sends you into a whole other world when you touch it……..you just can’t stop touching it, you become mesmerised almost as if you are under some kind of spell.
    I’m off to check out Baby Vegas now.

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  34. LARA and AVA DAEBRITZ
    March 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the fact that she can make anything her heart desires EXCEPT a mess!! Whoever invented this must surely have been a mum.

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  35. Lily Nguyen
    March 29, 2015 at 10:01 am (3 years ago)

    Amazing is the kinetic sand,
    it would feel so good in your hands.
    The kids and I would make so many things,
    from sandcastles to crown for kings.
    The one thing I would find humorous to make,
    is a sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and wheat-free birthday cake.

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  36. Janine Gardiner
    March 31, 2015 at 10:13 am (3 years ago)

    An adventure awaits, Ashleigh and Kathryn say they will make lunch and trees, castles and houses. For me though, I think just the feeling of it squishing in my hands will be delightful.

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  37. Grace
    March 31, 2015 at 4:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! How therapeutic is kinetic sand??!!! My boys love it and so do I!
    I love how it completely calms the boys down. Ah, the magic of sand.

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  38. Teena L
    April 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

    My daughter loves playing with her petshops in the sand pit, she is always building little houses, roads, bridges and shops for them. Would be nice if she could play inside instead πŸ™‚

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  39. Michelle
    April 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I could use this kinetic sand in a tray and get the kids to do their spelling words. Always looking for new fun ways to do homework.

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  40. Cathy B
    April 3, 2015 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

    My boys 3 and 5, would make rocket ships for sure, that’s what they’re drawing at the moment, although they chip and change constantly, so next week it could be dinosaurs again or robots.

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