Kinetic Sand Blue Sapphire Shimmer Sand

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We like

  • Does not stain clothing or furniture
  • Develops your child’s motor skills
  • Gives a creative outlet to build and use your imagination
  • Easy to clean up and leaves virtually no mess
  • Is a great tool for kids and adults who have special emotional needs
  • Acts and feels like real sand
We don’t like
  • May stain your skin
  • Loses its entertainment value fast

How it works

The Kinetic Sand Blue Sapphire Shimmer Sand gets mixed reviews. Some parents have found it to be useful and helpful while other parents have found it to lack interest and be messy. The sand is made of 98% quartz sand with 2% polymers that give the sand its shimmer and synthetic properties. The sand, which feels and acts like real sand, can also be pulled and twisted and molded into any shape whether your child uses free form or a pre-shaped sand mold. If the sand ever dries out, just add a few drops of water to the sand and knead it together and once the sand absorbs the moisture, it will go back to its original texture. Kids can develop their motor skills, imagination skills, and creativity with Kinetic Sand.

Design

Design

Kinetic Sand Blue Sapphire-Shimmer Sand is made of 98% real quartz sand and 2% polymers. Of that 2% are the shimmering rocks that are mixed in with the sand that gives it its shimmer and shine. Some parents have found that the sand does not shimmer at all even under bright lights. Other parents have found that the shimmer is bold and worth the purchase. Some have also had the experience that the shimmer glitter rocks get on your hands and must be washed off with soap and water. After several uses, the Kinetic sand may lose some of its texture. All you have to do is add water and when the sand absorbs the moisture, the sand will return to its normal texture and molding abilities.
Safety

Safety

The Kinetic Sand is intended for children three-years-old and older due to the choking hazard of the sand. The Kinetic sand can easily break up and be ingested. It is recommended that parents do not leave their younger children unattended while they are using the sand in the event a young child attempts to eat or taste the sand. Although the sand is gluten, wheat, and casein-free, it is not food and must not be put in the mouth, ears, nose, or eyes of a child. It is also recommended the sand be used away from food and in a clear area out of the way of family pets. A clean surfaced table is the best place to use Kinetic sand.
Accessories

Accessories

The Kinetic Sand Shimmering Blue Sapphire does not come with any accessories, molds, or trays. When you open the box, all you will receive is the bag of sand. Available for purchase outside of your original purchase of the sand are trays to use as a work area, a sandbox to be used for playing with toys and other items in the sand, and molding trays that allow you or your child to mold sandcastles, sea horses, turtles, and other animals and structures. Parents can also buy regular sand toys that are traditionally purchased for the beach. Kinetic sand, since it is made of 98% real sand, will easily work well with regular sand toys.
Real Sand vs. Kinetic Sand

Real Sand vs. Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand was created for the sole purpose of being safer than real sand. Real sand from the beach or any other area of your neighborhood can contain bacteria, molds, and allergens that can cause your child or family to develop allergies or contract diseases through what is living and growing in the sand that is found in nature. With Kinetic Sand, there is no risk of allergens or bacteria, so parents and children are able to play with the sand and keep safe from the elements of the outdoors.

Kinetic sand also only sticks to itself, so there is less mess than real sand. Some parents have found that some of the sand will stick to fingers along with the shimmering rocks that make the blue sapphire sand sparkle. Some parents have also found that the blue dye that makes the sand blue also comes off on the skin in the same manner as a marker. The dye, however, does come off with the help of soap and water and some scrubbing. It has not been found that the dye will stain tabletops or clothing.
Emotional Support

Emotional Support

Some consumers have purchased Kinetic Sand for those children and adults who have special emotional needs. The texture of the sand is such that it has been found to have a soothing effect on those who are sensitive to textures or emotional distress. The sand produces a self-soothing effect that when children or adults need to settle themselves, playing with the sand can help them regain concentration and focus on where they are and what needs to be done to continue with the task at hand.

The tactile act of playing with something that has texture is a great way for people to become connected to the materials of the sand and be able to use their mind in a way that is calm and restful. Being able to use your hands to make shapes and or have the ability to have the experience of a repetitive action like pulling or squishing the sand together can have a positive effect on the racing mind that will give it the ability to relax and settle, which in turn settles the emotions of the person handling the sand.
Creativity

Creativity

Kinetic Sand allows children to be able to use their creative muscles to create new and interesting patterns or formations by molding, ripping, and stretching the sand to their desired shapes. Kids will have the opportunity to think of what they want to create and then do it without any boundaries. For some, it may be easier to figure out their shapes and create better architecture like sandcastles and houses with aid of sand molds that can be purchased online or in any toy store.

The Kinetic Sand works like wet sand at the beach. The sand has a hold to it that allows for structures to be able to stand freely or for the sand to take the shape of any container and bucket. Some parents have found it helpful to buy more than one box of sand because it has been found that one box does not provide enough sand to be able to build as big or as much as a child would desire.

Some parents have also felt that the sand loses its novelty quite quickly causing the sand to be stored away and not used for a long period of time. It may be beneficial to buy more than one box of sand to give your child the ability to create more, which in turn may allow them to stay further interested in the material and build bigger and better castles, animals, and scenarios.
Additional Colors

Additional Colors

The Kinetic Sand comes in four different colors. Other than sapphire blue, parents can also purchase black onyx, emerald green, and purple amethyst. If more than one color sand then kids will have the ability to use multiple colors to create whatever they can imagine in an array of different hues. The additional sand also allows for kids to be able to have more sand and be able to stay interested in the using of their creative minds, which can now think bigger and create more designs that are more intricate and have an extra level of creative energy.
Motor Skills

Motor Skills

One of the biggest benefits that have been found by using the Kinetic Blue Sapphire Shimmering Sand is the development of motor skills in young children. Handling and molding the sand allows kids to fully develop the muscles of their hands with the act of tearing, ripping, pulling, stretching, and squishing the sand into various shapes. The act of learning to master and control their movements is worked out when using the sand. The texture and stickiness of the sand acts in the same capacity as clay, which is also a tool used in many elementary art classes to help children with their motor skill development.

The act of taking a material and molding it into a premeditated shape or form also helps in the development of hand-eye coordination in conjunction with creative thinking. The sand also allows children the ability to sit and play with the sand with no particular plan and simply create as they go along and come up with new and interesting patterns and shapes that they think of on the spot.
Clean Up

Clean Up

The Kinetic Blue Sapphire-Shimmer Sand is relatively easy to clean up and store. Although some have found that the dye of the sand does come off on the skin and takes some effort with soap and water to fully clear the skin, the skin does come clean. It has not been found to stain clothing or the table where the sand is used. Although it is advertised that the sand only sticks to itself and will not stick to anything else has proven to be semi-false as many buyers have had experiences where the sand does stick to fingers and can be a nuisance to get off and put back into the pile of sand.

For the most part, the sand does stick to itself and does not pose a huge sticky threat. Storing the sand has also been found to be easy as it is easily stored in plastic storage containers or even a sandwich bag or any plastic bag that zips or clips shut. Some buyers have reported that they leave their sand in the open air in a bowl on a table and the sand still retains its consistency as if it were just opened for the first time.
Price

Price

The Kinetic Blue Sapphire Shimmering Sand is a medium-range priced toy. The price seems reasonable considering the sand will not spoil and you can keep it as long as you want. A toy of this kind can reasonably last as long as you have access to the sand. If it ever starts to lose its texture, just add water. If it loses some of its shimmer the sand itself can still be used. For the tag, you are almost getting a lifetime guarantee on the product and if you have it for almost 20 years, it’s only costing you one dollar a year. With the price so low, it makes it possible that you can buy more than one color and expand on your child’s ability to create more art with the sand.

Conclusion

Kinetic Blue Sapphire-Shimmer Sand is a great toy to buy for your young children and teenagers. Although it can be used for kids as young as three, a child that young will not get the full effect of what the toy has to offer. The toy is better utilized by kids at least six or seven-years-old and older. The toy gives the ability to develop and perfect motor skills as well as emotional and creative growth. Kids get the opportunity to use their imaginations to make whatever it is their hearts' desire and because it is sand, it can easily be erased and reused for another creation.

Kinetic Blue Sapphire-Shimmer Sand acts like real sand and can be used with sand toys used for the beach. These molds, buckets, shovels, and toys can be used all year round as opposed to just in the warm weather season when going to the beach or lake is popular. It also adds to the amount of creativity available to your children. The sand is developed to be gluten, wheat, and casein free, which helps reduce the possibility of allergens that are found in real sand. In all, Kinetic Sand, no matter the color is a great gift for the creative in your life no matter their age.
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