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What age is kinetic sand for? 3 years and older

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  December 11, 2022

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Playing with sand has always been one of the most popular activities for children.

It has a positive effect on children such as developing small motor skills, imagination and attention tensions.

Probably every mom will come up with something different to continue the list as the sand games are really very interesting and useful activities for a child.

Children playing with sand

For example, the most important thing for me is the creativity they can have with them, they really make the most wonderful things that you think "how do you get it?"

It is important that toys are suitable for the age of your child. How early can you get them to play with kinetic sand?

Kinetic sand is suitable from 3 years according to manufacturers. It's relatively safe to accidentally eat, but I wouldn't recommend it for children under 3 years old. It is probably fun for most children up to the age of 8.

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Can a 1 year old play with kinetic sand?

Nee, kinetic sand is not suitable for a 1 year old. Children with an age from 3 years old can play with kinetic sand.

Children are just at the height of symbolic play at the age of three.

This phase will continue for several years and has the following characteristics:

  1. It is mainly based on building and then destroying creations.
  2. By building, children will be able to organize their world according to self-created rules.
  3. When destroying their creations, it is visible that children have self-control and also that they can show their skills.
  4. With their creations they recreate something they have experienced or seen before.

Find a complete overview here the essential practice games & toys for fine motor skills milestones

Can adults play with kinetic sand?

Yes of course! Adults can play with kinetic sand just as well. It has a relaxing and calming effect.

It can also stimulate concentration and creative play.

These things are not only good for children, but also for adults! It can actually have a therapeutic effect.

Also read: these are the nicest kinetic sand playsets and play boxes

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.