Kinetic Sand Set: Colorful modeling clay with a sand texture

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Fascination Kinetic Sand: Colorful kneading fun for children from 3 years

It looks like normal (colored) sand, but can be shaped like play dough.

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Children love to dig in the sand. Mixed with a little water, creative shapes can be conjured from the coarse to fine grains. It becomes even more imaginative when colored kinetic sand is used – the magical modeling clay that is very popular with children at the moment. But what is it really?

The special thing about Kinetic Sand is that it can be shaped under pressure without coming into contact with water. Similar to play dough. And yet it is natural quartz sand to which a special ingredient has been added: polydimethylsiloxane, a type of (non-toxic) binder. As a result, Kinetic Sand magically changes its consistency when kneaded. Another special feature is that the model is available in different colors – this breathes even more life into children’s imaginative creations. Below we present five different Kinetic Sand Sets. We also tell you how you can make the magic sand yourself.

Kinetic Sand: 5 popular sets for children

1. Sanitizing kit

In this Kinetic sand set there is – in addition to the quartz sand (453g red and 453g blue) – all sorts of craft tools for shaping, mixing, grating and playing: a twister with attachment for ribbon and grater, a pestle and a modeling aid, a mold cutter and a scoop, a plane and a hemisphere, a shape and a phone holder and a sandbox with a background.

2. Ice pack

The special this set is that Kinetic Sand smells: The brown mass smells of chocolate, the white of vanilla and the pink of strawberry – based on popular ice cream flavors. For this reason, matching gadgets are included in the scope of delivery, such as an ice cream container and a sundae, an ice cream scoop and a waffle iron, a spoon and a spoon.

3. Castle mold set

Also a popular kinetic sand set is this variant: This includes ten small castle molds and ten bags, each with 127 grams of sand in different colors. What is particularly practical here is that the small containers have a lid to store the modeling clay in when it is not in use. As a result, the sand does not dry out and can be reused.

4. Sandbox set

Kinetic Sand is intended for home use, so that children can play with sand even on rainy days – or when there is no playground nearby. But even if the mass can be easily swept up, a mat must always be used when playing. Or a matching one sand box made of plastic including sand (454 g), three molds and shovel.

5. Rainbow mix set

IN this set Everything kids need to mix rainbow colors is included: 383 grams of Kinetic Sand (127 grams each of red, yellow and blue sand), a pestle and sand scoop, three punches, a cutting tool and a cylinder mold. Colorful rainbow creations can be created with a few simple steps.

And one more tip: Kinetic Sand can dry out over time if not stored in a closed container. It is best to use a plastic container or a household bag to protect the modeling clay from drying out. Alternatively, you can also buy individual refill packs in different colors (e.g pink, Blue or Green) reorder.

Make Kinetic Sand yourself: this is how it works

In fact, it should be possible to mix Kinetic Sand at home, though not with the same ingredients as the original (unless you’re a chemist). To achieve a similar consistency that has the same effect when kneading, you need the following ingredients: either 960 grams of flour, 120 milliliters of sunflower oil and a food coloring of your choice. Or you can mix together four cups of fine (sieved) bird sand, two cups of cornstarch, and one cup of water. Best in a large mixing bowl with a whisk, the food coloring is mixed in at the end – done!

One last tip: To achieve the right consistency, the amount of water is crucial. Too much liquid makes the sand too soft, too little sand makes it too hard.

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