Stop wasting your money.
If you’re a parent then by now you’ve probably heard of kinetic sand. Also known as ‘moon sand’ or ‘sticky sand’. If not, treasure the next few moments until your kid starts screaming for it.
It is, without doubt, the biggest craze right now (bigger than loom bands).
It’s labelled as ‘magic’ sand that it’s mess-free. But when they say ‘magic’ they simply mean ‘it has a moulding agent that makes it less annoying than regular sand’.
And I’m still not convinced on the mess-free factor, but it is still really cool.
Basically, it’s sand that sticks to itself and not you, or your kids, or you lounge. You can mould it, shape it and it never dries out.
I’d describe it as a mix between play dough and sand. I’m unsure yet if it is the best or worst thing ever invented but I do know my kids love it.
It is a fantastic sensory tool and, to be honest, a whole lot of fun, even for the adults.
The stuff you buy in the shops is patent protected but Teresa Mogil, a handy Mum in the US, who runs the Living Ithaca blog has given us the recipe to make a sand that is, as far as our kids know, similar (and way cheaper) than the real thing.
1kg of kinetic sand retails between $20-$25 in shops here. This recipe makes 20kg for the same price.
Her recipe is in imperial measurements. We've had to change it over to the metric system so you may need a little more or a little less of each item.
Kinetic sand ingredients
20kg bag of sand - You can get this from your local hardware store for roughly $7. Or if you live on the coast (check you aren't breaking any laws), clean beach sand is an even cheaper alternative.