Monday, November 4, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: Uncommon Goods & Kinetic Sand

Thank you Uncommon Goods for the Kinetic Sand to help with this review

As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!

UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. At UncommonGoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures. We have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone. Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.

When the Kinetic sand arrived to my house, the box was much heavier than I expected. Upon taking the bag of sand out of the box, I couldn't see what everyone was all giddy and excited over. It looked like a regular bag of moist sand. That was until I poured it out onto our table and seen for myself how cool this really was! Sure, it may look like just a pile of common beach sand, but dig in and you'll discover that in your hands is an addictive, three-dimensional building toy! Pile it, shape it, squeeze it, or just let it drift in slow motion through your fingers.

Uncommon Goods has great items for kids and Kinetic sand is an example of one of the many items on their site. Kinetic sand is the weirdest yet the most awesome thing I've ever seen in my life! While I am 23 years old, I still enjoy playing with clay, playdoh, sand, etc and so does my 4 year old daughter. She even said, "This is so much more fun than play-doh!" and what kid DOESN'T want to play with sand in the house? A secret binding agent keeps the granules together, so you won't find sand dunes or drifts settling around your home after playtime. Bring the fun of the beach inside, even when chilly weather strikes, or prop a dune on your desk to keep your hands entertained!

  • Made out of 98% pure sand and 2% non-toxic polymer
  • Non-toxic and gluten-free
  • Never dries out
  • No fluid within, so no place for bacteria to grow
  • Sticks to itself for easy cleanup
  • Exceeds all US and European safety standards
  • Comes in a box measuring 7.5" x 3.5" x 2.5" (L x W x D) with 2.2 pounds of sand
  • Made in Sweden 

This futuristic material possesses a delightfully mushy texture and just enough malleability so it can hold the shape of simple sculptures and sand structure. Kinetic Sand is the perfect material for open-ended, non-directed play.

 When you grab a handful of Kinetic sand, it looks feels and looks like water flowing off of your hand in slow motion. While it is sand, but it does not act like sand. It is a wonderful sensory experience to run your hands through and I have found myself grabbing a handful and watching it fall every time I walk past our dining table. (I've even caught my husband doing the same thing.) It leaves no sand or residue on your hands and is great for sensory therapy.

 Kinetic Sand is also great for kids with allergies – it is wheat, gluten and casein free and 100% safe and non-toxic. Uncommon Goods has Kinetic Sand for $15.00. They also have a section for unique Christmas gifts, which includes things such as Pick Punches for the guitar person, Aquafarm for a great counter garden and fish tank combo, and even a great yarn bowl to help keep it all wrapped and coming out easily. 

Uncommon Goods also also works with Non-profits:

• RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
• American Forests protects and restores forests worldwide, helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants.
• Women for Women International provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-su ciency.
• City Harvest strives to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue, distribution, and education.