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