What is Kinetic Sand?

Wackytivities Kinetic Sand
Keri Wilmot

What is Kinetic Sand and why do kids love it? Do you have a child who is sensitive to allergens, wondering what the Kinetic Sand ingredients are?

Well, Kinetic Sand is moldable sand. The Kinetic Sand ingredients include a recipe made up of 98% sand and 2% polymer.  This allows, unlike sandbox or beach sand, can be shaped and molded much easier than traditional sand.

Kinetic Sand is mess-free, non-toxic, easy to clean up and hard to put down.

It may happily entertain a child for a long time. Kinetic Sand appeals to children, because it can be bought in many different colors.

The texture of Kinetic Sand is so soft it is almost silky. Where Kinetic Sand is different from traditional sand, is that it feels like it is flowing through the fingertips. Both children and adults enjoy manipulating it through their fingers and molding it into shapes. Fidgeting and working with sand like this can help to reduce stress and be very calming for kids and adults.

Cleaning up Kinetic Sand is easy, because it sticks to itself. Life gets hectic and children seem to find their way into all sorts of activities. How many Play-doh containers have you had to throw away because it was left on the counter accidentally? Kinetic Sand will never dry out. If it is left out, it can still be usable, in the exact same condition it was left in.

There are many sensory activities for kids that children enjoy playing with that challenge their creativity and imagination, but some have a very distinct odor.

While many kids do not mind the smell, others hate it. Some dislike the smell of other arts and crafts toys so much, they refuse to play with it. For children who are sensitive to smell, they may enjoy playing with Kinetic Sand.

Kinetic Sand is mess-free. This means that it will not get permanently ground into carpet or stain clothing.

It can be easily cleaned up with a vacuum cleaner. Large pieces can be picked up using your hands.

Definitely make sure the child's hands are completely dry before using Kinetic Sand. If they are wet or sweaty, some sand will stick to their hands. However, once it dries, it is easy to wipe off just by rubbing and clapping hands together.

At some point, kids experience traditional sand at the beach, park and playground. Really dry sand can be fun because it does not stick to your fingers, but it is frustrating and boring. All you can really do is shovel it into a pail or place it through a sifter. In order to make sandcastles, the sand needs to be partially wet, but not so wet that it is slimy. Traditional sand is frustrating for kids and parents. It is gritty, grainy, and sticky. It gets stuck everywhere, making it difficult to remove from pails, molds, and even from underneath a child's fingernails. Building sandcastles should be fun not frustrating. Kinetic Sand allows kids to use their fun beach or playground sand molds, because when it is removed from the mold, it will show all the amazing details imprinted in the sand.

Here Are Some Easy Kinetic Sand Activities:

  • Dig out all those sand toys that never seem to work quite right at the beach. Put Kinetic Sand inside the mold. It will easily slide out when the mold is turned upside down and Kinetic Sand will retain all of those fine details that never show up with traditional sand
  • Take a pencil and encourage children to draw shapes or write letters, numbers or their name in Kinetic sand
  • Using an open storage container, gather up all sorts of small construction vehicles and the child may enjoy filling, dumping and pushing their tractors, bulldozers and dump trucks
  • Try shaping Kinetic Sand with cookie cutters and Play-doh molds
  • Hide small treasures like shells, coins and toy figures in the sand, then go on a treasure hunt 

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