“ Brand: Danty / Type: Water Toys „
I bought this set of four Danty sand moulds in Homebase last summer, we were due to go on holiday the following day so they were a last minute purchase after seeing them reduced in price to £2.99. The hand and feet design appealed as the moulds looked a bit quirkier than the usual crabs and shell shapes, Hollie already has a set of specific seaside themed moulds so it was good to find something different.
The moulds are extremely high quality; made from thick plastic which makes them easy for small hands to grip, and deep enough that they create fabulous detailed hand and foot prints. My set doesn't have all four colours pictured above, both feet are red and both hands are yellow - I prefer it like that actually as the OCD in me likes having pairs in identical colours if possible! The moulds are fairly big with the feet measuring around six inches and the hands not being much shorter, they invariably help young children to make perfect shaped 'sandcastles' and add a bit of fun into proceedings when used alongside other moulds and traditional bucket sandcastles.
While we were away we found a spot of beach that was almost empty, it was a lovely place to relax but the best part was that Hollie had a huge stretch of sand to play along. She made rows and rows of footprints using these moulds and eventually used them to play a hard-to-follow role play game which included giants stomping through villages (hence the footprints) and some strange prattle about the hand prints and giant babies. I looked over the footprints and they were all perfect; now, this has got to be credit to the moulds - we live in landlocked Birmingham, my daughter is not an expert sand modeller but using this set of sand moulds has been able to create a Terracotta Army style arrangement of perfect footprints. Quite impressive really!
The moulds wash up really easily, even if they end up being packed away still encrusted with sand or mud they're easy enough to clean in the sink or with the hosepipe. My mum, who bought an identical set, has washed hers in the dishwasher after rinsing the sand away and she tells me they washed up well with no damage to them - can't really see the point of washing the sand off THEN putting in the dishwasher if I'm honest, but far be it for me to fathom the workings of my mums mind!
Storage is even better than you might think as the feet nestle in together as so do the hands, this leaves you with just two items to put away - if you even bother putting them away, Hollie uses hers so regularly that it's not worth me moving them from the sand table really. Over the winter they were left inside the table with the lid on and come spring we just emptied all the sand out for replacement, rinsed the moulds and other toys out and they were ready to go again.
I'm more than happy with this set of sand moulds, Hollie (and David to a point) have played with them so much that they've definitely been worth their purchase price - they also seem very resilient as they've been thrown, trodden on and all sorts yet they still look as good as new with no chipping or colour loss.
As we live by the sea when ever we get the chance we take the 10 minute walk to the beach and try and spend as much time out in the open as we can. With the nicer weather finally arrived the children's sand toys have come out the cupboard and among them were these sand moulds. We purchased our moulds for £1 each out of our local xs stock store and we brought 2 sets.
In the set you receive 2 hand moulds and 2 feet moulds each in good detail so that you can easily tell what they are supposed to be. All 4 are different colours which is great for teaching little one colours you ask them to make a blue hand or a red foot and it gives them a chance to recognise colours. They are very well made and made out of thick plastic and on the inside is lines that detail in to the sand. They are a good size and actually around the size of a adult hand and feet which I think adds to the fun for the little ones.
To use them you do just as you would with a normal sand castle add sand pat it down and add some more sand. Quickly tip the mould over flat on the sand tap a few times and slowly pull away the mould. The results is a very neat hand or footprint and fun for the children. The sand comes away easily none getting stuck in the mould which means the detail from the mould is well portrayed.
Over all they are cheap yet bring great fun for all the family it has a left and a right hand and foot which is good for teaching children their directions and are all round really well made. We have had these for a year and a half now and even with the bumps, scrapes and bangs they have received my children still never get bored and these are one of the first things they reach for when heading to the beach.
My children have had a sandpit since they were one years old, we have quiet a collecting of sandpit toys, from sand wheels , funnels , scoops, shovels and sand moulds.
Sandpit moulds are very cheep , and can be bought from instore, pound streacher or like us at our local post office due to living by the sea our small shops are stocked up.
I bought dainty sand moulds from the post office last summer just to add to our collection however i particularly choose the hand and feet moulds because at that time i was teaching the girls left foot, right foot whilst getting them to put their own shoes on so i thought they would be fun to play in the sand too.
A pack of four dainty sand moulds cost £1.99.
Each mould is around 5 inches big and made from solid thick plastic. As you can see from the picture everyone is a different colour. I like dainty sand moulds because of there size and the imprint they leave in the sand is very clear. We have had small and cheaper sand moulds in the past, these have been broken easily or the sand is too compact that the sand is still half stuck in the mould leaving the shape that did come out resembling a sand pie.
Dainty moulds come in different verities, we also have the ice cream and lolly pop mould, animals and shaped moulds.
To use the moulds its hollow on one side fill with sand, pat it in and flip over onto the sand yeah a 3d handprint has been left.
The moulds have little grooves inside marking fingernails and same for the foot. I have always found the detail comes out on the sand and looks great.
My children have no problems using the moulds, easy for them to hold, fill and imprint.
We have had so much fun in the past using the moulds to create a line of handprints and feet also using left foot right foot prints so they did learn something from them. These are currently in storage and cant wait till the summer comes again so we can use them.
I highly recommend dainty sand moulds. Please note dainty is the correct spelling and brand.
Get perfect sandy hands and foot shapes. Get perfect hand and foot shapes in the sand with these sturdy moulds. Great for sandbox or beach.