Just before the school holidays we received a box of kinetic sand and all three kids were pretty excited, yes even the 8 year old. No time was wasted in opening the box and getting started on building things. That afternoon the 4 year old had a friend over so they divided into groups and had a sand building competition.
It wasn't an easy task picking a winner, let me tell you. I tried to placate them with a response that they all did a fabulous job (I was trying to keep the peace), but I was told that there had to be one winner... Let's just say the result led to some tears.
But that was just day one of our experience with Kinetic Sand. Sometimes the kids build things with it, other times they draw pictures in the sand and well they also just like to sit there touching it and letting it fall through their fingers. Doing so seems to calm them.
And whilst it is still sand and does make a mess, the clean up is pretty easy seeing as the sand clumps together unlike normal run of the mill sand.
If you have no idea what Kinetic Sand is, here are some details from Baby Vegas.
And the kids have already put this set of moulding toys on their wish list.
If you are looking for ways to encourage play with Kinetic Sand and some of the benefits of it here are a few posts that will give you some ideas:
Learning To Play and Playing To Learn
World Of Senses- The Benefits of Kinetic Sand
Mama OT- The Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy
Do your kids enjoy playing with Kinetic Sand?