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2010 Award
Artisands Party in a Box
(Artisands $34.95 Score:)

We like the big bold geometric patterns in this sand art toy. You peel away a section and gently pour one color of sand on the sticky surface. Pat it down and then shake off the excess. Now remove another section and use another color. Kids can follow the pictures or dream up their own color patterns. This set comes with 24 sand designs, 14 tubes of colorfast sand, frames, trays and a tablecloth for making clean up easier. There are enough supplies here for a party and this would make a good activity and take home craft. Our tester's mom especially appreciated the trays and tablecloth. You will need bags to send visitors home with their creations.

Tis big kit is pricey. There are smaller sets from this company. However, we found the designs on many of the smaller kits were intricate and somewhat more challenging. With the smaller kits getting the tiny lift off pieces free requires a lot of dexterity and sometimes the sand from a nearby spot seeps over. This is less of a problem with the most of the big Geometric shapes in this big party set. You may want to put some of the harder ones aside for an older sibling. They say 5 & up, we think this is a better choice for 7's & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010.

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