Kinetic sand

It was not always so, but the girls now love sand play. When they were younger, they used to complain and whine at being put down on sand, but that phase is over. Now they enjoy getting sand in every nook and cranny of their clothes, shoes and being, whilst us parents are not so thrilled about that.
So when a friend very kindly gifted the girls with this hot new product, we were all very excited. It sounded quite magical, a product of modern science. 98% sand but ‘sticks only to itself and nothing else!’. The video depicted clean hands as the sand magically left off, and amazing clean-up from rolling the sand around like putty. What could be better?
However, we soon realised that it did not perform 100% as the video claimed. Not for us, at least. 

As you can see from the above, it does stick to each other like mildly wet sand, and it crunched very satisfyingly when you ‘cut’ it with a knife or ruler. BUT… it did not fall off hands like magic!

Rather, it stuck to our hands like real sand. I could not even dust it off by rubbing both hands together. I couldn’t even rinse it off easily. I had to add soap and scrub it off… a tad disappointing, I had to say.

Also, it wasn’t Kenten Clay easy to roll off the little remaining bits into one big mass. The little bits that dropped off, refused to merge and had to be swept up (again) like real sand.

My guess is that Singapore’s humidity is the culprit. As with expensive scrapbooking rub-ons, this fails to function as it was made to. It is the curse of our climate. 

I’m not sure if playing with it in an air-conditioned room (with lots of newspaper spread out under it still, to minimise risk, haha) will make my home less of a beach… Let me know if that works for you! 

It’s still lots of fun, just beware that for us, it really behaved like the 98% sand that it is. 

  4 comments for “Kinetic sand

  1. December 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for taking the time to do this review! =) I think you’re right! Our climate’s probably to blame! Try playing with it on rainy days? Maybe the lower humidity after it rains will help? :p

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

      I tried that! Outdoors in the cool air to boot, but nope…

  2. December 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Shucks, so sad that it doesn’t perform like the video. Thanks for the review! I still haven’t opened mine, after hearing from you and Momo. Would have been great if it really didn’t make a mess!

  3. February 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

    It’s eh humidity! Play in Aircon better.

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