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How to Make Kinetic Sand: DIY

Kinetic Sand is a very fun and very popular alternative to play dough, clay, and other putty like toys. Kinetic sand is fun because it has a consistency similar to sand in texture and appearance, but like play dough it sticks together and can form different sculptures, shapes, etc. Kids love this, especially kids that love to play with cars, construction vehicles, etc. because they can use the sand with their toys. There is a popular commercial brand, but it can be expensive, and why buy when you can create!? This fun recipe is simple, fun, and easy to recreate at home. You and your kids can have fun creating it together.

 What You will Need:

What You Will Do:

  1. In a container combine the play sand and corn starch and mix well

2. Combine the soap and water in a separate container, and stir until the water is bubbly

3. Slowly pour the water into the sand/cornstarch and mix well. Slowly mix while adding more water as needed.  If even more water is needed add a little more and mix.  Continue to add more water until you reach your desired consistency. We used 3/4 of a cup of water, and the consistency was perfect, but if your sand is coarser or finer than you may need more or less water, so add it SLOWLY!

This incredibly easy result will allow you to play for hours! Now you can build, sculpt, and play with your toys all day.

Melissa and Doug Toys: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that The Boy’s Store also stocks toys? We carry several Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles perfect for gifts or to add to your own collection of toys and games at home. Melissa and Doug toys are great because they are earth friendly and geared towards learning. The Boy’s Store offers several Melissa and Doug Puzzles that will help to keep your kids busy during those days they cannot go outside to play, or during quiet time at home or on the go. Check out some of the amazing puzzles we have in stock now.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles:

Construction Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: This floor puzzle is a favorite amongst boys that love construction vehicles. It is great for ages 3 and up, it is a 24 piece puzzle perfect for fun and learning.

World Map Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Are you looking to teach your kids about the world? Geography is such an important part of learning. This puzzle will help kids gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The End of An Era Jigsaw Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Dinosaurs! Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs. This fun puzzle gives them an idea of what dinosaurs looked like and how they might have interacted with one another.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Did you know that puzzles are an important part of learning? These are just a few of the important lessons puzzle building teaches kids:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Social
  • Self Esteem

Great Green Toys: Toy Train and Book Set

The holidays are here, and they are probably causing you just a little bit of stress. Do you have all of the gifts you need? Are you just a few short? Every one is scrambling to get the last of their goodies. We love to help our readers out, and we love to help other small businesses out. This year we wanted to share a sweet and fun gift perfect for any boy, or girl!

Green Toys is a great company that makes all of their items in the United States, and they are 100% recycled. They are perfect for playing, learning, and growing. It is important to teach our kids and not just entertain them. This fun toy, Train and Storybook giftset, will help to feed your kids imagination, fuel their love for reading, and teach them the importance of being green. It is made from 100% recycled plastic and is even packaged with recycled materials and printed with soy inks. Our kids are inheriting this Earth, and with all that they will learn they will know the importance of taking care of it. With toys like this they will see that taking care of the Earth happens in everything we do, even in our toys. Instill in them the importance of caring about something, and doing something about it.

toy train and book set

Head on over to Green Toys to see more of their fantastic and Earth-Friendly toys. You just might find that last minute gift you need so much! And with the gift of fun will come the gift of the future.