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DOES: for those who need more than a sandcastle bucket; maybe just a change of pace at the beach
INVEST: $20.00 approximately (other retailers may vary)
TOOLS: More Make-Believe Please, My Body Needs to Move, Social Scene Helper, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer
I love when readers make comments and requests here. It really helps me figure out in which direction I should be heading. I also feel like I have more eyes and ears because if I spent all my time searching for cool stuff then I wouldn't get a chance to test it or write about it.
One of the products that was suggested to me was SandOSaurs which I found to be quite interesting. A dinosaur sand mold? Hmmmm.... I have two children. One who hates sand and the other who loves it and only requires a pail and shovel to be satisfied. Actually, he needs even less than that. He is happy with just his bare hands in the sand.
|The "excavation" process is different for every child.|
But some of us need more and I think that is okay. There could be tons of reasons including disliking sand or just plain not interested in building a castle or digging a hole to China.
Not Everyone Needs to Build the Taj Mahal
Some of us like a more 2 dimensional way of sand-sculpting. I know that makes no sense but hear me out. Basically what I mean is that some kids don't want to go crazy with digging and building at the beach. Some people don't want to go home and find huge lumps of sand in the bathing suit. Some folks like clean, clear cut molds or taking a stick to write in the sand. It's a bit more 2D. You can say it is the same amount of play and art but just less mess.
Even the molds can be pretend play props. This is me just being silly with my kids.
I was thinking about this because Number 2 Son loves dinosaurs but really does NOT love sand. He tolerates it a lot better now but seriously, he used to cry, cry, cry* as soon as we got to the beach. I am not sure when but sometime in the past year, he started softening up to the idea of sand on his feet and hands. I figured it was a great time to introduce a totally different experience on the beach.
What could be better than a cool sand mold that he has ever seen before? To be sure, I've never seen anything like SandOSaurs on the beach! It is so cool! The molds themselves actually looks a bit like a fossil too making it a great pretend play item as well.
|Clean it off and press down hard. Does that work?|
Challenges Keep You Busy
If your child is on the perfectionist side then beware, he may really love this set. I suppose it might be a little frustrating for some but making a dinosaur from a mold, with all it's intricate ridges and grooves means that you may have to try more than once to get it right. I actually did once see a dinosaur mold in a toy store but that one was very simple looking. SandOSaurs looks much more "real."
I appreciate that it takes a bit more work to make it the way you like. Kids will have to figure out how wet the sand should be and that is exactly what happened with us. We had to think like sand sculpting engineers and ask ourselves, should the sand be wetter? drier? or maybe it's the sand itself? maybe it's too coarse?
|It's nice to be precise!|
Lastly, I love toys that have more than one function, especially if it is appears to only be a seasonal toy like a sand mold. We haven't done it yet but I've already purchased plaster of Paris because I plan on having the kids make their own fossils. I think it will be fun and I can see it being used possibly for a class or school science project. I also wonder if we can use SandOSaurs to make a Jell-O dinosaur....... hmmmm...
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* Some folks are over-sensitive to touch and have issues with touching things like sand, foam, chalk, & paint etc... If you think it might be significantly interfering your child's functioning, check out the resources at www.spdfoundation.net. It's a great organization.
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