Sand must be a nightmare for parents. It gets everywhere. From hiding inside shoes, to sticking to clothes. Anyone who has been to the beach will know that sand seems to follow you around for days which is why I’d hate to have it in my house. So when Moon Sand arrived I was a little apprehensive that I’d be finding bits for days. What I didn’t count on is that it’s an entirely different material all together.
It feels like sand at first, but with an extra thickness. This allows you to stick Moon Sand together and create dough like balls. There’s no need to wet it like with traditional sand and it keeps its shape much better too. Once you’ve made a ball if you throw it on the floor it doesn’t break up in to tiny grains and instead forms smaller blobs. Much easier to pick up after and better for moulding shapes.
So whilst you won’t feel the texture of a hundred grains flowing over your hands, you have a more malleable mixture to play with. It’s very close to Moon Dough, to the extent that once you’ve made it in to a ball the only real difference is it’s slightly less thick. Unlike Moon dough, which suffered comparisons to Play Doh there’s no naturally similar product to Moon Sand, which makes it superior.
The weaker overall texture means that Moon Sand can be broken up easier than Moon Dough, which is why it comes in sets that are mainly about building. One of these sets is Construction Destruction. In this kit you get two types of sand and a few different moulds to make bricks. These bricks can then be stacked on a central platform to form a house. Pop the included roof on top and you can admire your creation.
Five seconds later you can blow it up.
The kit includes a detonator and a little man to sit on top. You push down on the man and this causes a central base to push upwards. Do it fast and you can send the sand flying. The roof itself comes in two parts so breaks apart in a nice fashion and it’s more fun destroying the structure than building it.
The box itself doubles up as the play area, and most explosions won’t push much Moon Sand outside of this radius, so cleaning is simple. Whilst there’s not much variety to be had this is a kit for 3 years+ and as I found with the Moon Dough, kids are more than happy to repeat the building and destruction element over and over again. You don’t have to build the house in a set shape either, so there’s slightly more variety to be had for adventurous children.
I was pleasantly surprised with Moon Sand. Where Moon Dough failed, Moon Sand seemed like a perfect execution of the concept. It’s simple to play with, easy to clean up after and lets you blow stuff up. What more could you want?