Recently I was sent a free kit containing the Moon Sand Pet Shop for us to try out and review. Little Boy is a bit to small to play with this type of toy so I invited Big Boy’s friends over and they played with him. We had 2 boys that were 4 years old and one girl who is almost 2 playing with the Moon Sand. They had great fun. I thought there were both positive and negative points to the toy.
The Moon Sand Pet Shop is a kit that consists of a plastic-lined sand box that you open up and the kids play with the sand inside the box (theoretically). It also comes with a number of moulds and sand. The most disappointing part of the toy was the box. It was relatively poorly made (ours was broken on receipt) and it did not really look like a pet shop to me. Also, with multiple children playing with the sand, there was no way to contain it within the box, so I used baking sheets as sand boxes.
I’m happy to say that was my only real complaint. The moulds worked really well – the sand has an interesting texture (it feels almost wet) that allows it to mould beautifully and the kids were successful at making a lot of cute little animals and treats for the animals. Even the little girl who is not quite 2 could use the moulds. The sand easily comes out of the moulds and the kids were excited to see their successful finished products. There were some smaller bits that fell off or didn’t escape the mould well, but I would chalk this up to the kids being a little young to pack the sand properly.
We did not bake any of our creations because the kids wanted to use the sand again.
The best surprise of all for me was how easy the clean up was. The sand easily shook out of the moulds and it was no trouble at all to vacuum.
So, we had a fun afternoon with the Moon Sand Pet Shop. Here is product information:
NEW Moon Sand Pet Shop
Moon Sand gives you the most adorable Pet Shop imaginable! Easily mould a variety of cute animals in a matter of seconds. Enjoy the company of cats, turtles, dogs and bunnies - the Moon Sand Pet Shop lets you create them all! And with the easy-to-use sandbox container, you’ll always have a quick and simple clean up. Moon Sand never dries out, letting you repeatedly mould and play with your favourite animals. Mould your way into the perfect Pet Shop with Moon Sand! Includes Pet Shop, 13 moulds, 2-in1 tool & 2 colours of Moon Sand. Contents vary. For ages 3 years and over.