Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sands Alive Review *Holiday Gift Guide*

Thanks to HearthSong for the review item

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"Since its beginning in 1983, HearthSong has been committed to helping parents follow their instincts to provide their children with age-appropriate, wholesome, quality playthings. That's because at HearthSong, we believe childhood is a vital chapter in life-a special time when children can be occupied with the joy of being children. And, equally importantly, a time when children need to experience as much creative, imaginative play as possible because kids experience so many of life's first lessons through play."

Introduce your kids to Sands Alive!™, the amazing new learning and play compound that has all the fun of sand without the mess! Consisting of all natural organic ingredients, Sands Alive!™ feels like cookie dough, yet it is totally dry to the touch. Pack it hard to make roads, then lift it up and watch it flow. Mold it into hard, durable shapes, and with a soft touch, it breaks apart and appears to move, almost as if it were alive! This starter set lets them mold, shape and flatten this material with safe, simple tools. Doesn't stain and creates no mess–picks up easily off floors and carpets. Kit includes Sands Alive!™ compound and tools that can be used again and again. 100% non-toxic and anti-bacterial. Ages 3+

My kids absolutely love playing in dirt. Most of our free time is spent outside in the driveway making things with nature and our imagination. My daughter mentioned the other day how fun it would be to go to the beach. Being 3 hours away from the beach, we don't get to go often. In fact, we have only been able to go a couple of times since she was born. That made me begin to think, what if we could bring part of the beach to us? How fun would it be to play in sand here at our home? One part of me wanted to go out and buy a huge box of sand but then the other part of me was terrified just thinking about the mess I would have to clean up. That's when I found Sands Alive online and knew right away, I had to try this out.

I was so very excited to open this Sands Alive kit to see what all was inside. Before opening, I dropped the case a couple of times to make sure it didn't pop open. Since this would be played with in my home, I had to be sure everything was secure. I was pleased with how strong the carrying case is. This is definitely NOT one of those "broken a day after buying it" cheap cases. There are 2 latches on top that locks and unlocks. After inspecting and opening the case, I found a variety of colorful sand toys that are all made with a thick and durable plastic. The sand comes compacted in a vacuum sealed bag to be sure it arrives as fresh as possible. It looks as if this kit doesn't come with much sand but, after the bag is opened and un-compacted it seems to grow to double in size.


3 1/2 lbs. of Sands Alive
8 geometric shape molds
brick and pebble rollers with interchangeable handle
2 detail tools
play-and-store carry case.

• Soft, airy, moon-hued combination of sand and other natural ingredients.
• Actually moves in your hand.
• Molds easily.
• 100% nontoxic and antibacterial.
• Will not dry out.
• Use it again and again.

There's something very relaxing about playing in sand. It's a great way to calm children and encourage sensory play. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.

This sand has a spongy feeling to it and when compacted into the shape molds it keeps shape of anything. I was surprised that there is almost no odor to this sand. As you can see above, the tools work great with the sand. The roller tool has 2 changeable rollers. One creates a cute brick-like pattern as seen above while the other roller makes a stone-like pattern. This set also comes with a few other shapes that are perfect for building castles and 2 knife-like tools for cutting the sand are also included.

Sands Alive is only sticky enough to stick to itself and is only minimally messy. Cleanup is no problem because it doesn't stick to people, though if you drop some on the floor, the vacuum cleaner is likely your best bet. I usually lay a towel down on our table and place the kit box on top of that. Most of the time the towel will catch anything that happens to fall out of the box.

The best part of all is that Sands Alive doesn't dry out. Of course my kids never remember to put the lids on playdoh or clay and it ends up being a waste of money. I can't begin to tell you how many pieces of dried up playdoh I've found all over my house. Sands Alive seems like a much better replacement!

Sands Alive is the most amazing unique learning and play material to enter the market in years. Consisting of sand and other natural ingredients, the only way to describe the feeling of this material is sublime. The sensation is somewhat similar to cookie dough, yet it is totally dry to the touch. Mold it into hard durable shapes and with a soft touch, it will break apart and appear to move. Almost as if it were alive. 100% non-toxic and anti-bacterial, Sands Alive won't stain and easily removes from you hands. I had so much fun playing with this toy and I personally feel like it would be a great toy for all kids!

Buy Sands Alive for $59.98 HERE.
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