Made of 98% natural sand and 2% polymers, this product is non-toxic, gluten-free, and non-staining. The texture is similar to that of damp beach sand. It flows apart when pressed between the fingers, but holds its shape when compressed or molded.
This listing is for 2lb of Natural Brown sand. Other colors such as pink, blue, green, or purple are also available, and are linked in the Parts and Pieces section.
The sand can be molded into different shapes using cookie cutters or molds. It can be cut into sections, or rolled into balls. Mostly, the fun of this sand comes from watching its flowing motions. Pick up a handful and let it slide over itself, like slow moving, gritty lava.
We found few complaints with this sand. Users say it is soothing to work with, and can keep children entertained for an afternoon.
Because of the flowing qualities, some users find that carrying a small amount around can act as a distraction when anxiety starts to build. Just being able to run a few fingers through it seems to be enough to help calm down during stressful situations.
The sand holds shapes very well, and can be used with cookie cutters and sand castle molds.
The sand sticks to itself, so cleaning up shouldn’t be a problem. We have noted a few instances of the sand not holding together, and crumbling onto the carpet, where it becomes difficult to vacuum up.
This happens when the sand becomes too damp. Water changes the properties of the polymers in the sand, so this toy is only useable when dry. If it becomes sticky, tacky, gooey, or won’t hold a shape, it may have gotten too damp. If this happens, spread it out in a thin layer on a baking sheet and set it out in the sun for an hour or so. Once the water has evaporated, the sand will regain its original consistency. For this reason, this toy may not be great for areas that are extremely humid.
Since there is no water in this product, it never hardens in the same way that something like PlayDough does. Because of this, it doesn’t have to be stored in a closed container. Realistically though, most people don’t like the idea of storing sand in an open bowl, so getting a plastic storage container, like something used for storing leftovers, might be a good idea.
Staining is not supposed to be an issue with this sand, but we did find a few users who report this sand staining light colored clothing. We can’t account for why this happened, as it is only a very small number of users who had this problem, but we recommend not letting children play with this sand wearing clothes that can’t get a little dirty.
- If the sand seems sticky or unable to hold a shape well, it may have gotten too damp. Thinly spread the sand out on a baking sheet, then set in the sun for a few hours to dry out. If setting in the sun is not an option, use a hair dryer to dry the sand.
Parts and Pieces
Kinetic Sand comes in different colors, including pink, blue, green, and purple.
This product is very dangerous to dogs. It compacts, turning rock-like once digested, making it hard for dogs to pass the sand once it’s been eaten. This kind of blockage can be very painful, as well as very expensive to remove. Surgery may be required to remove the blockage.
If your dog has consumed some of the sand, contact your veterinarian immediately to determine the best course of action.
Dogs seem to find this sand delicious, and may eat more than a pound if given the chance. Keep this product out of their reach, and make sure children know not to feed any to the dog.
We have found no reports of children eating the sand, but adult supervision should always be used with children who still put objects into their mouths.