Lil’ Wayne once said, “life’s a beach,” but what fun is playing in the sand without shaping tools and castle molds? Kinetic sand has become an “It” toy as of late, but while these magic minerals are an excellent source of at-home entertainment, vibrant colors and grainy textures will only keep your child’s attention for so long. So, you have options: Buy multiple themed boxes of kinetic sand, or buy the stuff in bulk and pair with the best kinetic sand tools that help bring your child’s imagination to life.
As a child, did you ever build a sand castle with colorful, plastic shovels and pails? Running from the sea to the shore and back to gather enough water so the sand would pack together? Building in the sand is a lot less complicated these days. Thanks to kinetic sand, you don’t need the ocean to make it all stick. Heck, you don’t even need the beach! But if your little one wants to create not only castles, but entire worlds and creatures to inhabit them, they’re going to need the right tools. Instead of hand-me-down toys from your youth, though, kinetic sand tools come in the shape of animal molds, smoothing rollers and plastic knives, and we’ve scouted the best out there to up your child’s sensory play.
Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.
1. USA Toyz Sand Molds
These kinetic sand tools from USA Toyz really bring the beach vibes to your playroom. The set of minis comes with 23 molds, including 18 grandiose sand castle pieces, sea creature designs and five sand tools for rolling, shaping and cutting so that their architectural vision can come to life with elaborate detail. Each piece is made from BPA-free plastic, and that lot makes for a great sand box kit or tools to take with you to the actual beach. Take that, dusty pale and shovel.
2. Kiddosland Dino Play Sand Kit
Move over, Jurassic Park, there’s a new dino land to explore. This kinetic sand tools kit from Kiddosland was made for little ones in awe of all things mesozoic. The box is packed with everything they need to create an epic reptilian kingdom, including up to three pounds of sand and 39 accessories like dino toys, fossil molds and tools to shape, scoop and smooth with. Your child will love performing their own archaeological dig, molding cartoonish raptors in the sand, all while fine tuning their motor skills, improving their physical coordination and exploring their imagination.
3. AnanBros Beach Sand Toys Set
For a kinetic sand tools kit that covers all your bases — high-quality molds, shaping instruments and a sandbox to play and store everything in — look no further than AnanBros. The 23-piece kit comes with an inflatable tray (super unique and travel-friendly to boot), a high-speed air pump to inflate said tray, 10 animal molds (because monkeys, hippos and rhinos would enjoy a day at the beach, too), four castle molds, four cake molds, tool knives — all of which come beautifully pre-packaged just in case you want to give it as a gift.