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My Moonsand Review.
Moonsand is available from most leading toy stores i.e early Learning centre and Toys are us I brought mine from Argos. It can cost from £9.99-£29.99 depending on how big or small sets you would like. The packs come with different moulds ranging from farm animals to princess castles etc. You can buy refill packs of moonsand which are a lot cheaper. Moonsand hasent been around for very long but is highly sort after mainly due to t.v commercials. Its basically sand you can mould, it feels like sand and playdough mixed together and it smells quite nice, it never dries out, lifespan is endless. Age range 3 yrs plus, also Moonsand is non toxic so no major worries if your child swallows any.
I really didnt want to buy Moonsand for my Daughter because I had a really bad feeling about all the mess she would make with it, my feeling turned out to be right! I had to buy it for Christmas as it was the only preasent she asked santa for, she even wrote a lovely letter to santa explaining how much she wanted it, how could I not?
Christmas morning it was opened, she had the princess and castles which included some moulds, two different colours of moonsand and a carry case. Within minutes the two colours were mixed into one and sand everywere all outside the special case it came in even with my supervision lol!
Dont get me wrong we had fun making the princesse's and castles but once youd done that there was not much else to do apart from remoulding them. After a few days she hardly has any moonsand left as most of it has been eaten up by the vacume.
My advice would be not to buy it as I personally think it was a waste of money, I am thinking about buying a sandpit for the garden when the summer time arrives.
I did a bit of digging around on the net and have found a recipie to make your own which i may give a try in the summer so it can stay outside lol.
Incase your in the same situation as me ill share what I found some of you might find it usefull.
6 cups of playsand
3 cups of cornstarch
1 and half cups of water
Method is to mix the water and cornstarch together until nice and smooth then gradually mix in the sand and work it in with your fingertips. After a few days if it goes dry add a few tablespoons of water to keep it revived, store in a tupplewear box.
Moon sand the concept seems like it would be a fun item. The kids see the commercials on T.V. and of course they want it. It looks like it would be so much fun. Sand that you can build a boat out of and the boat will float. Who wouldn't have fun with that. Among the other 1000's of things you can build with it. So what do you do you order it you buy it you do what ever you need to do to make sure your child has it for what ever special occasion they have asked for it.
The child opens the present and is so happy for once they got the one thing they had asked for. They cant wait to try everything out that they seen them doing with it on the commercials. You spread newspaper just incase I mean its sand you just cant see how it wont make a mess.
As you and your child sit down on the ground to build with this wonderful moon sand it becomes quite apparent the flaws of this product simply out weigh the good things about it. As you pack the molds full of sand to build the boat that your child so wants to float things start to happen. The sand begins to crumble and drop away. As you turn the mold upside down to remove the boat it falls into your hands and falls apart. Obvious this boat is never gonna float.
You look over and all you see is dissapointment on your child's face. Once again a product that they advertise as the miracle is not really a miracle at all but in fact another worthless item that does not live up to the promises that it makes. You start to clean up and realize that once again the promises of no clean up required was not true either. As you play with the moon sand it looses small grains of sand that cant be picked back up like you can with play dough.
So if you want to have to explain to your child why the T.V. can put stuff on it and say that its true for them to find out that its not then its a great product. As for what they advertise it being able to do that is not true. This is not a product I would recommend to any one as its not what it claims to be.
Mood sand adverts feature on kids TV channels all the time it seems to be the latest crazy and must have item for kids. I have to say I was taken in by the colourful TV ad and catchy tune. I had to get my hands on this stuff for my son but really I fancied playing with it myself, if I'm totally honest. I'm like Peter pan the boy who never grew up.It is recommended for 3+ which I think is about right but I let my son play with it when he was slightly younger. My sons face lit up as he unwrapped his x mas present of moon sand adventure island he couldn't wait to start playing. He was very excited and it is now a popular activity in our house. I bought the Adventure Island from Amazon where you can a video of the product it retails at £24.99 on Amazon but it can be bought in most toy shop and even large supermarkets.
So what is moon sand, well its colourful sand for playing with in doors which can be modelled into shapes it never drys out so it can keep been reused. It is kind of on the same lines of play-doh, but its sand if that makes any sense. Moon sand can be bought in various different kinds of sets much like play-doh. The adventure island comes with a carry case which can be used as the play area, 3 bags of coloured moon sand and moulds to create different animals including a monkey, crocodile, giraffe and elephant as well as a boy and girl figure, palm tree and beach hut. This is one of the larger moon sand set and contains a lot of moulds in comparison to other sets. It also has the the handy case this gives the set bonus points. The case helps contain the sand in 1 place and reduces the mess and is a place to store it all.
I have found the claims it never dries out are complete correct ours hasn't in 6 months, and you can keep on moulding and re-moulding. In theory this product is amazing but in reality it has a few flaws. While it is great fun what should be pointed out though is that the ads are slightly misleading and your child could be rather disappointed. First problem is it almost impossible not to mix the colours up. On the advert and on the box all the colours are separate. But what I found happens is on first playing you start with 3 separate colours but as soon as you build anything and it crumbles. Even the most careful child will end up with the specks of different colours in each colour of sand. So what in reality happens is kids aren't careful, all the colours of sand get mixed up the first time they play and you end up with a marble effect of the 3 colours. Nothing could be done to prevent this or restore the sand to its original colours, by the time you child has finished playing second time all the sand has completely mixed up and you just have one colour of sand. So with moonsand Island the colours green, yellow and blue mix together become a new shade of green. Its fine to play with and my 3 year old son isn't bother but a slightly older child might be a bit miffed I know I was but I'm 27.
I have to confess to playing with this myself and trying to re create the advert. Where the figure have different coloured clothes. I have to say while it isn't impossible it almost is. I found myself having to take a paint brush to brush the flakes of sand away out of the separate area's of the mould. It is very time consuming and very difficult to get exactly right. I was successful and please with my result but it wasn't as good as the one on the advert and of course the sand all mixed together when it broke into peices. So it still isn't possible to do this with many with out buying more sand.
The sand in the adventure island has to be stored in the plastic bags it comes with so remember to keep them when opening it although I'm sure any plastic bag will do.
The plastic moulds are brightly coloured and appealing to the eye, they are strong, sturdy and easy to use. But a downside with them is while they are easy to make, it is almost impossible to play with some of the figures like the kids are seen doing on the advert. The girl and boy are relatively sturdy and can be moved slightly but I found the monkey kept getting decapitated, the mould mustn't have a wide enough neck so his head often falls off. Another mould is the palm tree that is simply impossible to stay together no way could you make the tree stand up. The beach hut is easy to make and stays together and is great for little hands as is the crocodile.
As their is plently of mould if great for a few children to play with at once but be warned there maybe tears if one child destroys an other childs new creation which is bound to happen as kids will be kids. So you likely need to supervise play depending on the ages of the children.
My final thoughts
As a parent I find it does create so much mess no matter how much news paper you put down. While the makers and correct in saying it doesn't stain you will still get sand everywhere and you bound to end up hoovering or sweeping some up after each session so you'll find your amount of sand you have going down every time you play. You can buy separate pots of sand which are great as they have sealed containers. While this product does have a few downsides I still can't help loving it. My family have hours of fun with it. I do recommend it my son loves it so much. Is it worth the price tag of £24.99 well I'm going to say maybe as perhaps it doesn't look at first like your getting much for your money the product does in fact last and is durable and in reality my son has had hours and hours of fun out of it so I guess it is worth it really.
I have infact discovered from the moonsand website you can in fact bake moonsand. So perhaps on the first use when you create characters it would be wise to bake them if you wish them to remain that colour. I didn't notice any information about this on the pack and its not mentioned in the advert. To bake moonsand, use the mould to make a animal, heat the oven 125'c and bake on a flat baking try for 30-min to hour depending on the amount of sand. Please note this should only be done by an adult and you mustn't touch the sand until it completely cooled down. I had to try this myself and found it does work. I made a selection of figures for my son to play with. They are far stronger than the usual moodsand and can be moved and played with the monkeys head still fell off after my son had it for a couple of seconds. But of course you can now no longer remould them so your losing some of your sand. It will become more costly by the time you've bough refills of sand but it will make it easier for child to play with the figures and use imaginative play.
I hope this review helps you make a bit more of an informed decision before rushing out and buying this product. But no doubt your kids will pester you into buying it if they like the look of it from the adverts.
You can view the advert on amazon
Bring the fun of the beach indoors! Create fabulous adventure scenes! This awesome Moon Sand can be re-used over and over, to sculpt and mould cool animals and more! Cleans up easily, never dries out and won't stick or stain! The carry case is sculptured to form a lagoon and beach area; a brilliant place for your moulded items to play! A wonderful way to encourage creativity and roleplay!