Officially the BEST Toddler Toy on the Market #SandsAlive – Enter to WIN

Sands Alive

This could possibly be the BEST invention and i’m here to tell you all about it since it is my son’s absolute FAVORITE toy and well … it’s actually brilliant!!! This is the toy that when my son is having a massive meltdown, I tell him I am going to take it away to get him to stop and it actually works to calm him down. WARNING TO ALL PARENTS: this is highly addictive, you will love to play with this too, trust me.
Small side note for those who know the product, yes it was called “Living Sand” but was recently renamed “Sands Alive” – same product.

Ok so let me start by saying I HATE SAND!!!! It’s messy, dirty, full of bacteria and in fact it grosses me out watching my little guy playing with it, but this is totally different.

Here’s what I love about Sands Alive:
– The sand is soooo soft .. it’s NOT like actual sand at all
– It is all natural so you don’t have to worry about kids putting it in their mouths (though obviously that is not what you want, just saying you don’t have to freak out)
– It NEVER dries out! Mine has been sitting out for over a month and it feels like it did when I first bought it
– If pieces do get on the floor, just take a little piece in your hand and use that to pick up the other pieces, its just that easy
– It is BACTERIA FREE .. yes you heard right BACTERIA FREE for all us germaphobes out there
– Latex free and gluten free
– Molds easily so your kids can be really imaginative with it (my son hides his little superheroes in it and uses other superheroes to find them)
– Comes with great tools and molds
– Both the small and large Sands Alive come with containers so you don’t have to worry about where you are going to put the sand

Sands Alive

This is the large Sands Alive box

I have been asked a million times (this is my go-to birthday gift and I always tell people about this toy) “does it make a mess” and the truth is what doesn’t make a mess these days, but that being said they are asking in the sense of it being like real sand where it just gets everywhere and no it doesn’t. My son knows that if he throws it or takes it away from the sand box, I take it away. I did however, go to the dollar store and bought a cheap plastic table cloth and whenever I bring it out for the kids to play, I put it under it.

Living Sand

So with all that, I am really not sure I have fully described how truly awesome this is so check out the video below and see for yourself

Try it out for yourself!!! Sands Alive has massive sand boxes (6 foot x 3 w) with moles set up at Chapters, Scholars Choice and Mastermind Toys Science Centre (great for March break) for the kids to experience the magical feel and creativity of it

MasterMind Toys – Science Center
Starting: Saturday March 8th running for 2 weeks outside their store on the second level (they will have Sands Alive video playing on a large TV for people to watch)

Chapters Bayview Village:
March 8th Saturday 9:30am – 9PM
March 9th Sunday 9:30am – 9PM

Scholars Choice Toronto / Leaside location 1599 Bayview Avenue:
Starting: Saturday March 8th will be in store for the whole month of March.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for .. a HUGE thank you to our friends at Sands Alive, they are giving away 3 large Sands Alive (valued at $100 each) to my very lucky readers. The contest is open to CANADIAN residents only (sorry to my US readers). Here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until March 18th, double your odds and enter to win a Large Sands Alive box from Multi-Testing Mommy – click here

Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys, Home Hardware, Indigo, Scholars Choice, TruServ Canada and Federated Co-Op (these sell out quick so make sure to call before to make sure there is one available)

Happy molding/building/squishing


  1. Amy klein says:

    This product is incredible! I just bought it for work. My colleague and I were chatting that on a stressful day we will probably bring it to our desks and play with it::). I was trying to convince my hubby to buy it at mastermind the other day. Everything you said in your blog about fears of messiness was the reason for refusing the purchase. Thanks for the update on your blog, I know have so much support on why it would be perfect to get! Thank you!!!

  2. This looks so cool. Can’t wait to try some!!

  3. I like that it doesn’t dry out.

  4. Melissa Cass says:

    Coolest stuff ever

  5. Jennifer says:

    Looks like so much fun!

  6. Amy Heffernan says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it is bacteria free and that it never dries out! My lil boy would just adore using one of these. Thanks.

  7. Love your site, contests and this product!

  8. I love sand boxes and this one as “clean” as it can get 😉

  9. Lauralee Preston says:

    I love that it doesn’t dry out and its bacteria free.

  10. My fav feature is – It is all natural so you don’t have to worry about kids putting it in their mouths

  11. It looks like so much fun!!!

  12. This looks amazing! I think my daughter would absolutely love this! The fact that it’s easy to clean up is great!

  13. Pam david says:

    It is very easy to clean, which we all know sand is not!

  14. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I like that it doesnt dry out

  15. Anne Taylor says:

    Free of Bacteria is the way to be! Love that!

  16. Suzanne G says:

    I love the idea that it is not messy.

  17. Andrea Amy says:

    That it won’t dry out, and that it won’t hurt my son when he takes a taste (which of course he would no matter how much I tell him not to)

  18. Julie Bolduc says:

    I like that it is bacteria free!!!!

  19. Sam Barkin says:

    This looks awesome!! I think I’d love to play with it – even more than N possibly.

  20. Ruth Waldman says:

    This looks amazing! I think both my kids (6 and 2.5) would love it!

  21. I like that it’s natural and that my two 4-year-olds would LOVE it!

    Thanks for posting this giveaway to my weekly giveaway linky ( where everyone is welcome!

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  22. Looks like fun

  23. Crystal Quibell says:

    Easy clean up!

  24. They showcased Sands alive on the Today show and it looked like a fun toy for all ages

  25. I love that it doesn’t dry out and is bacteria free 🙂 Very cool product!
    Thank you!

  26. michelle tremblett says:

    I love that it doesn’t dry out and its not too messy !

  27. Pam Bodnar says:

    I really like that it is moldable. Lots of sand is just that, it acts like sand. This stuff remains moldable and doesn’t dry out like regular sand…so freakin’ cool!

  28. Holly Wright says:

    I love how it is bacteria free! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Clean for indoor use!

  30. Angela Mitchell says:

    This looks amazing! I really would like to try it out. I like that it’s natural and bacteria free:)

  31. My favorite feature is that it doesn’t dry out.

  32. Darlene W says:

    easy to clean up

  33. sarah jackson says:

    Love that it molds easily ! real sand doesnt do that lol

  34. Erin Wilson says:

    I love that it’s bacteria free!

  35. You had me at ‘mess free’. My kids would love love love this! Esp after our excruciatingly long winter!

  36. Christina F says:

    Wow My Kids would LOVE this! Perfect outside toy for spring and summer!

  37. Danielle says:

    My son would love this. Great giveaway.

  38. My favourite feature is that it’s bacteria-free.

  39. jose benavides says:

    I like that it doesn’t build bacteria and that it keeps moist ..

  40. Courtney says:

    Love that its mess free and doesn;t dry out. My son would love this stuff!

  41. Love that its free of bacteri and doesnt dry out.

  42. Kristen Gleiser says:

    So practical….. funny thing is… is that just yesterday I bought my daughter an indoor sandbox 🙂

  43. Veronika says:

    Love this stuff!

  44. My favourite feature is that it is bacteria free.

  45. I love that it is mess free and doesn’t dry out!

  46. Each time I go into Scholar’s I can’t keep my hands out of this sand. My fave feature is that it mouldable and feels fab.

  47. Stephanie says:

    I love that cleanup is easy if it spills onto the floor!

  48. Mary Somerville says:

    I love that it is safe, and easy to clean up.

  49. I love that it does not dry out.

  50. Barb Kirk says:

    I love the whole package!! I look after 5 little ones. We would have a blast with this stuff!!!!

  51. I love that it doesn’t dry out!

  52. I love the idea of mess-free sandbox play. Can’t wait to check it out soon!

  53. Love your site, contests and this product!

  54. Brenda Hamilton says:

    I love the cleanliness and the fact that it doesn’t dry out.

  55. pamela lauren says:

    I love how its so easy to clean up….and its SAND

  56. Wendy hutton says:

    love that it never dries out

  57. Darrah Bailey says:

    That its not messy 🙂 How great

  58. Lynda Cook says:

    I like that it is bacteria free, doesn’t make a mess and moulds easily, hard to believe it’s called sand

  59. this is so funny…I saw it demonstrated at a trade show…and since i was on the hunt for a b-day present for my 3yr old grandson…when I came across this…AND I COULDN’T STOP PLAYING WITH IT..I knew I had found the present..we bought the smaller one for my 8 yrs old grand daughter, and the biggest one as the 3 yr old’s present!!! The only thing you have to be aware of is that it’s water soluble…so please keep it away from water!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun everyone…and I am including the adults in that comment!!!

  60. i love the fact that it doesn’t dry out and i will be able to play with the kids and have with them also and i wish i had this when i was a child i am happy to see that companies like this are coming up with new product for kids that will make children happy and want to play with sand more often such as this it’s a great product thunbs up!

  61. Great product for my little one! Love the fact it doesn’t dry out!!

  62. I love the idea of picking it up. That is so great as real sand is fun but it is all over the place no matter where you start playing with it!

  63. Jennifer L says:

    I love that it is organic/all-natural!

  64. jackie reid says:

    fav feature would be it dosen’t dry o ut. My son would love this

  65. Julie Link says:

    I like that is is Latex free and gluten free

  66. Monique L.S. says:

    I love that it doesn’t require water and never dries out.

  67. Crystal Englot says:

    WOW this stuff is totally cool! I had never heard about it before this! I love that it never dries out and that it is Germ Free and of course that my son would be able to play with it in the house!

  68. doesn’t dry out

  69. Colleen Maurina says:

    I like that the Sands Alive is all natural and never dries out!

  70. All natural and germ free!

  71. i like that it won’t dry out!

  72. Trisha Y. says:

    I love that it doesn’t dry out and easy to clean up! 🙂

  73. Lisa Hollinger Barto says:

    I like that it’s all natural and doesnt dry out

  74. Lesley F says:

    I like that it comes with the tools and molds

  75. Karen C Hill says:

    I love that it doesn’t dry out. I have a son of my own and I look after children every day. The amount of playdough that we go through is insane because of how quickly it dries out. We would love to try this stuff out! Thank you for the chance

  76. Kristine Ewald says:

    Love that it is bacteria free

  77. Its moldable! and safe for indoor, no huge mess

  78. Looks amazing!!!!

  79. Winnie Baker says:

    I tried it out in the store before and it felt super fun to play with

  80. Alexa Nernberg says:

    I like the fact that it is compact. Thanks for sponsoring this fun giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.

  81. We had some and it was fun for a short while. Quite therapeutic to fiddle with but I spent most of my time trying to get it out of the carpet, off the bottom of socks and scooping it off the floor. It also doesn’t do well when it gets wet (and toddlers do like to experiment and spill things- it turns into glue!!

  82. elizabeth cross says:

    I bought some today on impulse not the original thing but a refill box. I’m autistic and I love the feel of this sand its so soft.

  83. My granddaughter got some in her eye, is it still safe? I flushed it with water but she says it still burns

    • Hi Debbie,
      The product is all natural and water soluble so do not worry! I would assume that anything that gets into an eye burns but will feel better within a few hours. Please update me as to how she is doing

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