Age: 3 and Up

Skills Learned: Creativity, Sensory Awareness, Fine Motor

Why We Like It: This stuff is so fun! If you’ve never felt kinetic sand before, you’re in for a real treat. As the name implies, it’s kinetic (meaning it sticks to itself, but not to your child). You can pack it, pull it, and make cool shapes out of it. It flows through your kids fingers like water, but it’s completely dry to the touch. You can build sandcastles in your own living room! And it cleans up easily to boot.

The movement of the sand is fascinating. (For adults too, trust us). The sand stimulates children’s creative skills, allowing them to create whatever they can imagine then knock it down to build something new. Kinetic sand also enhances sensory awareness and fine motor skills, it helps kids maintain attention, and the feel and motion of the sand are stress reducing, which is why it is a great tool for sensory issues and therapy use.

What You Should Know: Kinetic sand is nontoxic and gluten-free, but you still wouldn’t want your child to put int in their mouth. It’s a choking hazard, so it’s best for kids aged 3 and up. Kinetic sand is 98% real sand and 2% non toxic binding agent. This means there’s no fluid in the product, so it won’t encourage bacteria to grow. It also requires no instructions, kids instinctively know how to play with the wacky, fun substance.

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