“ Brand: ELC / Type: Craft Supplies „
I bought this from Tesco for Christmas (2012) for the bargain price of 1p (there was an error and they actually sold it to me for 1p) so needless to say I was very impressed with the initial price. I cannot say I've see it in the shops recently but I'm sure it's out there somewhere, it retails at about £10.
It was given as a Christmas present to the boys but after reading some reviews I thought I would put it away for a sunny day when it can be played with in the garden (and I'm glad I did). It comes in an orange and black stripped box which cannot be seen into so you're not 100% sure what your buying. It comes with 1 toy digger, 1 rock and pylon mold, 1 shovel, 1 roller, 1 brick mold, a construction worker, a play mat and 2 280g bags of moon sand (which are dark grey and light grey in colour).
With it being a lovely sunny day today I thought what better than to pull out the moon sand set. Having never played with or used moon sand before the boys eagerly awaited as I pulled everything out the box and began to set up. It comes with a play mat which isn't huge but does the job so I put it down on the floor (in the garden). Following the instructions I tried to put the digger together, the wheels went on pretty easy but the rest of the pieces were a nightmare (there's a roof, roller and digger part). None of them stayed on the digger so I gave up and let the boys loose on it.
They are 2 and 4 (it does say ages 3 and up on the box but I don't always follow these guidelines) but I would recommend it for maybe a 5 year old and up. At first they got slight enjoyment out of it, Taylor (my oldest) played with the digger running it through the sand and I sat with Ashton (my youngest) and helped him shape it into the molds. It does hold together quite well and is sort of like sand and play doh mixed together. I would really recommend waiting for a warm day to play with this in the garden as it is very messy and I can imagine being awful to get out the carpet.
I set it up about 25 mins ago now and I can safely say the boys are bored of it, the moon sand is mostly now squished into the grass, patio and some trodden into the kitchen floor. The digger is now being ridden down the slide and I have no idea where the rest of the pieces have ended up.
They would have probably got more play out of it if they were older but I wouldn't say much more. Having this being our first experience with moon sand I think I can say it will also be our last. The moon sand set is poorly and cheaply made, the pieces don't fit together and it makes a real mess.
With Moon Sand demolition you can create your own demolition site.Set includes a construction figure, digger with wrecking ball and 360? movement and 2 colours of Moon Sand.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: From 3 years.