When I was a kid, I remember a friend of mine had this awesome sand… She used it to make a castle underwater, and when she took a spoonful out of the water, it was dry!
I never got any of the magic sand myself, and forgot all about it, until my daughter got some for a Christmas gift.
I have to admit, I was kind of excited to finally be able to play with this stuff at home. And with the weather becoming too cold to play out in the sand box, magic sand (sometimes called Aqua Sand )has become a favorite for sensory play around here.
Both the kindergartner and the preschooler love to squeeze the brightly colored sand into underwater sand castles.
Of course, my son also loves DESTROYING the underwater castles….
Sometimes our sea animals swim around the castles. Sometimes the castles become home to a mermaid family. But almost always, boats become part of the play at some point.
When all the play is over, the sand can be scooped back up with mini strainer spoons, and since it is magically still dry, stored away for another day. I will say that I do put a plastic sheet under our sensory play when it involves water. This really helps contain any accidental spills.
What activities do you bring out for the kids to explore when the temperatures start to fall?
This Magic Sand sounds cool. I may just have to look for some for a Christmas present!
She got hers last year, and it has been quite a hit! Even my preschooler, who usually doesn’t want his hands dirty, can’t resist playing with it.
NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner says
That looks like a blast! I think I’ll put some on Malone’s Christmas list this year!
The Dose of Reality says
I’ve never even heard of Magic Sand!! Where have I been? It looks like SO MUCH FUN. I think even my 10 year old would have fun with it! It might show up in her stocking! (Oh, who am I kidding, I want to play with it, too!!) –Lisa
LOL — I love how items from the 80’s seem to be making a come back in the toy world. Maybe Santa will bring you your own bottle! 🙂
Anna W. says
aww, now I want to go buy some magic sand for myself 🙂 Super fun! My kids would have it strewn all over the house though, lol
Oh, yeah. I’m pretty sure that’s why I never got any as a kid. LOL. I try to keep it in the basement, where carpet isn’t an issue at least.
Anna@The Measured Mom says
Magic sand is something we’ve never tried before – thanks for linking this up to After School!
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says
Another fantastic sensory material – I need to find some of this in the UK I would love to play with it let alone the kids.
Thank you again for linking up to Tuesday Tots and I will also be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.
It really is pretty cool stuff! Thank you for featuring it!