All of the Best Kinetic Sand Sets
If you have been in any toy aisle, seen any toy commercials, or have kids old enough to ask for things, there is a good chance you’ve heard of kinetic sand. It’s become extremely popular lately and surprisingly, there is great reasoning behind its huge following. I am going to show you guys some of the very best kinetic sand sets available today!
What is Kinetic Sand?
Before you can pick the right kinetic sand sets for your kids, it’s pretty important to know what the heck this stuff is. Trust me when I say, it is not just another play-doh!
You know that amazing feeling when you go to the beach and just can’t stop playing with the sand? Squishing it between your fingers, picking it up and letting it fall back down? Watching the kids have a blast molding shapes, building castles, and burying their siblings? It’s all so much fun until, of course, it’s time to pack up and it seems like the sand is impossible to get rid of.
No matter how many times you brush it away, how many baby wipes you take to their hands, it just seems to cling to nearly everything!
Kinetic sand fixes that! According to their website, the ingredients in kinetic sand are 98% sand and 2% magic, which is what makes this awesome stuff mold and stick to itself perfectly without sticking to the kids. I probably wouldn’t have believed the hype if it weren’t for us trying it out ourselves!
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Our Favorite Kinetic Sand Sets
1. Beach Day Fun Kinetic Sand Sets
- THE ONE AND ONLY KINETIC SAND: is like magic sand...
- ALL NEW BEACH SAND: One touch and you can feel the...
This was our very first venture into the world of kinetic sand sets. The price point was perfect for trying out something brand new and the fact that it came with molds and tools made it a perfect all-in-one option for us!
This is a great option as a first set or for any child who absolutely adores building castles at the beach. The box serves as the “play tray” for this set, so make sure to be careful when opening! It’s sturdy and decorated with seashells on the inside to give it a beach vibe!
2. Beach Sand Kingdom Playset
- FEELS LIKE WET BEACH SAND: Kinetic Sand Beach Sand...
- 3LBS OF BEACH SAND: The Beach Sand Kingdom comes...
As you can likely imagine, this is pretty similar to the set mentioned above but on a larger scale. This would be perfect if you have a few kids that will be getting in on the action, as there will definitely be more sand to go around.
This kinetic sand set comes with 3 lbs of sand whereas the above set comes with just 12 oz. Just like with the set above, the packaging doubles as the play space for this one as well!
3. The Sandcastle Set (in Blue)
- Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand you mold with...
- Use the included molds and tool to create amazing...
One of our favorite things about kinetic sand is that you don’t have to stick to the same old “sand” color! There are wide varieties of colors available from the traditional brown sand color to blue, purple, pink, green, and even some that glitter and shine.
This kit was our most recent addition to our collection! It is kind of in-between the two featured above. It comes with 1 pound of blue sand as well as multiple molding tools. This particular set also comes with a beach-themed sand castle tray which, as a mom, is one of my favorite parts about it! We actually utilize this tray for all of our kinetic sand play now. We keep colors in separate corners!
4. The Bake Shoppe Kinetic Sand Set
- MAGICAL FLOWING SAND: Feel the difference with...
- 16 TOOLS AND MOLDS: Make your own bakery treats...
There is no doubt that girls and boys alike love all of the creative things play-doh has come out with to go along with their products which is why I loved finding this bake shop kinetic sand set! Kids can make cookies, cupcakes, decorative designs, and anything else they can dream up!
This set comes with pink and yellow sand that can be used separately and mixed together to create orange! The #1 thing that sets this apart from Play-doh sets for me: The sand doesn’t stick to all of the molds and dry up on them!!!
5. Folding Sand Box with 2 Lbs of Sand
- THE ONE AND ONLY KINETIC SAND: Kinetic Sand is...
- BRING HOME SAND FUN WITHOUT THE MESS: This cool...
This is very likely to be the next purchase in our household, the kinetic sand folding sand box! If you want to buy one kit that includes just about everything you can imagine for hours of fun building sandcastles (without ever visiting a beach) this has it all!
You’ll get 2 lbs of sand, a folding case to hold it all that doubles as a play area, 4 sand raking tools, and 5 molds! This is one of the best all-in-one options if you want a large amount of sand and a really solid storage plan!
6. Dino Dig Playset (Amazon Exclusive)
- Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand you can mold...
- The Kinetic Sand Dino Dig comes with its own...
The Dino Dig Kinetic Sand Set is such an awesome idea! I just ordered this as an “end of the school year” gift for my little guy! Last time we went to the beach, I couldn’t tear my child away from the act of hunting for seashells!
Hours and hours and hours of brushing through sand looking for seashells and cleaning them off, ever so meticulously. If you have a kid who is anything like mine, this is absolutely perfect!
7. Disney’s Frozen Playset
- Unleash the fun of Frozen Fever with 3 molds, 2...
- Easily shape a mold with 3 colors of Kinetic Sand:...
Frozen never really gets old… and this Anna’s birthday frozen play set proves it! This kinetic sand set comes with 3 colors of shimmering sand! You’ll also get 3 molds and 2 frozen characters with this playset! Plus, as in other sets, the box doubles as the “scene” and is perfect for play and storage!
8. Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Beach Playset
- Now you can mold your favourite Paw Patrol pups at...
- Mold Marshall, Chase and Rubble using 3 different...
Just like the Frozen set above, this kinetic sand set is perfect for the Paw Patrol lover in your family! The set comes with molds for Marshall, Chase, and Rubble as well as a Ryder character figure.
The box is a perfect beach scene that will let your kids have a blast playing. This set comes with yellow, blue, and red kinetic sand to make all of their favorite characters!
9. Ice Cream Truck
- The one and only Kinetic Sand: is like magic sand...
- Versatile toy: the Kinetic Sand ice cream truck...
What child doesn’t love the ice cream truck!? This is one of our absolute favorite kinetic sand sets and the one we were most excited to share with you! This set comes with the ice cream truck, sand, 5 different molds (including an ice cream bowl and an ice cream cone), a spoon, and a sticker sheet!
There is so much room for creativity with this set! Buy extra sand in all different colors for a wide variety of ice cream flavor potential!
10. Finding Dory – Dory’s Adventure Sand Set
- Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand you mold with...
- Dory's Adventures includes an underwater ocean...
You can just keep swimming with this Finding Dory kinetic sand set! This set comes with 3 different colors of kinetic sand, 5 character molds, and a sculpting tool. The box is a recognizable scene from this memorable movie that will have your kids playing again and again.
11. Shimmering Amethyst Kinetic Sand
- Shimmering Amethyst Kinetic Sand is the squeezable...
- Kinetic Sand stimulates children's creativity,...
Shimmering kinetic sand is one of my personal favorites! This isn’t an actual kinetic sand set, just the sand itself, but in beautiful colors. If you have a kiddo that can’t get enough glitter and sparkle in their day, they will love these!
They come in shimmering amethyst, emerald green, black onyx, and blue sapphire. We love adding pops of shimmer to our creations with these!
Where to Buy Kinetic Sand Sets
My son recently came upon some kinetic sand sets in Target and seeing that the price was pretty reasonable, I decided to go ahead and splurge. Since then, we have bought 3 more sets from Amazon!
This is one of those toys that the parents loving playing with him! We have also seen kinetic sand at other major retailers such as Walmart.
In our experience, the selection of Kinetic sand sets in retail stores isn’t the largest. You can usually find a basic playset and a bulk bag of the sand but if you want any of the more adventurous sets, like the ones featured above, your best bet is going to be Amazon.
The prices are fantastic and you won’t have to hunt from store to store. We definitely made this mistake at first.
Is Kinetic Sand Messy?
I must admit, I can be a bit of a neat freak, especially when it comes to play-doh and slime and other things of that nature. Although I am definitely a firm believer in not crying over spilled milk, I also try to avoid messes whenever possible.
When it comes to messier play, I am always very strict on the “kitchen table only” rule in our house. With play-doh, we have a special mat I get out for keeping things clean and all of the residues off of surrounding surfaces.
That being said, my 7-year-old is allowed to play with kinetic sand in our carpeted living room floor. I know, you probably think I am crazy right now but I was just as shocked as you at how incredibly clean this stuff is.
Sure, it’s not going to be this way with a 2 or 3-year-old who run the risk of throwing the stuff, but with an older kiddo? It is an amazingly clean alternative to play-doh, slime, putty, and all of those messy toys.
Playing with Kinetic Sand
Whenever my 7-year-old decides to play with the sand, he sits down with the sand tray in front of him and builds and builds for hours while watching cartoons or simply talking up a storm while I work in the background.
It’s worked out perfectly for us and the times when he has gotten a little pinch or two of sand on the carpet, it’s been so easy to just pinch it right up or run a vacuum over if I REALLY felt the need.
Kinetic Sand Tip
While kinetic sand should never dry out, it is possible that it may lose some of its softness. If the sand in your kinetic sand sets ever seems to lose it soft, touchable texture, simply drip just a few small drops of water onto the sand.
Then, knead the sand with your hands until all of the water is absorbed. Magically, your sand will be returned to its original texture!
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Last update on 2020-03-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API