- Update – I don’t stock this exact set anymore as I replaced it with an even better one from Melissa and Doug. You can find it here
Over the summer holidays, I allowed my girls to choose one toy each which we would review together. Typically, they both choose the same toy! They had been eyeing up the Bottle Sand Art for some months and the idea of sharing it and doing it together wasn’t an option.
Inside the box is :
- 4 small plastic bottles with lids
- 4 bags of coloured sand (pink, blue, green and orange)
- A scoop
- A funnel
- A mixing tool
The idea is simple. Layer the sand in the bottles to have colourful bottles. Both my girls (aged 6 and 8) were able to do this without any help.
Once you have chosen which colour and bottle to start with, you fill the scoop with the sand, place the funnel in the bottle and pour the sand into the funnel. Then you use the stirring instrument to help the sand move freely down the funnel and into the bottle. Once all the sand has moved down, you choose the next colour you want to use and repeat the process until your bottle is full.
We found that the sand wasn’t moving very freely down the funnel and the girls were getting frustrated waiting for it to dribble through, so we made our own paper funnel which quickened the process.
Filling the four bottles took about an hour and the girls really enjoyed both the process and the result.
What we didn’t like about the Bottle Sand Art:
- The funnels were too small and it meant that sand got caught in it and it slowed down the process
- There wasn’t enough sand to completely fill all 4 bottles (and the girls were very careful not to spill a large amount during the pouring process). This bothered me more than the girls. It would have been nice if they’d supplied more sand to allow for spillages.
- Only having four colours of sand. The images on the box shows white sand in the bottles too. In hindsight, we should have used some white table salt. If we’d done this, then there would probably have been enough to complete all 4 bottles.
- The girls expected the bottles to be bigger than they actually were.
What we liked about the Bottle Sand Art:
- It wasn’t messy
- The girls really enjoyed doing it
- They were able to do it all themselves.
- It kept them busy for an hour on a wet afternoon
- The bottles were plastic, so they weren’t breakable
- The end result
- You have 3 (or 4?) beautiful bottles which you can keep or give away as gifts to relatives.
- It costs only €10.99 which makes it an affordable birthday or Christmas present. It’s great value for what you get.
Overall, I would give this kit 6 out of 10. My eight year old gave it 7 out of 10 and my six year old gave it 9 out of 10.
I hope you find this review useful and if you buy this art set, I hope you and your children enjoy it.