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Frequently Asked Questions


Why are Sandtastik® products safe for use in child care centers, schools, therapeutic practices, hospitals, churches, homes, art clubs, etc?

At Sandtastik®, we go through great lengths to ensure that our sand products, and all other materials, are safe for use by people of all ages all around the world and compliant with CPSIA standards. All of our items are submitted to the prestigious toxicology testing labs at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. All plastic items are sent to CPSC-accredited labs for complete analysis for lead and phthalates. The results of these tests are then forwarded to the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) for mandatory industry certification.

Look for this seal on our products:

Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) Certification Seal

This certification seal is to ensure that all packaging, labelling and its contents are in compliance with the highest safety standard.


Sandtastik® Sparkling White Play Sand, Therapy Play Sand, Classic Colored Sand

What do we mean when we say that our sand contains no free silica or quartz?

Firstly, let’s examine sand found in dunes and on beaches. Toxicologists have proven that some of those tiny little grains of sand may contain known natural carcinogens. A carcinogen is a substance that causes cancer. Substances like silica and quartz through prolonged exposure to skin, inhalation or ingestion have potential health risks. Sandtastik sand is made from the feldspar family of rock which does not contain any carcinogens. It is 100% pure safe sand.

Do Sandtastik® products contain any of the asbestos minerals including tremolite asbestos?

Asbestos has 6 types of minerals that are widely known as carcinogenic. One of them being tremolite asbestos : a toxic needle-like fiber small enough to inhale when airborne. Any product containing even traces of these minerals run a very high health risk and would be denied access to the open market long before it hit the shelf in a local store. Sandtastik®’s complete line of products contains no such traces of these harmful minerals.

Will Sandtastik® Sparkling White Play Sand grow mould over time when it is moist/wet?

Sand is an inert material which is not capable of absorbing any fluids. Should mould be present in your outdoor sandbox, bacteria has been thriving on a high moisture environment and is not receiving adequate drainage. This can occur when using solid material (plastic, wood) for the bottom of your sandbox. Be sure to drill out a few drainage holes to encourage a healthy sand play environment.

How often should I wash Sandtastik® Sparkling White Play Sand?

Periodically washing the sand is optional. We understand that over the natural course of time there is bound to be foreign matter, liquid, etc introduced into your sand environment. We recommend following the step-by-step cleaning procedure outlined here: How To Clean Sandtastik® Sparkling White Play Sand

If I'm using a plastic swimming pool as my outdoor sandbox, what do you recommend I do so that it is properly drained?

Sandtastik Play sand is inert and does not absorb any moisture, but the liquid that would collect at the bottom of the sandbox from rain or condensation can allow bacteria to grow. You can remove the moisture by letting the sun evaporate it, or provide drain holes in the bottom of the sandbox. If you add drain holes, you could use landscape fabric under the sand if the sandbox is on the grass, but you can just put the sandbox on the cement porch and make sure the moisture has a route away from the sandbox. Giving the sand a stir will allow the moisture to escape from the heat of the sun rays.

What are the differences between Sparkling White Play Sand vs Therapy Play Sand?

The short and sweet answer to this is the size of the sand grains. Sparkling White Play Sand is fine, soft, and moldable while Therapy Play Sand is a more coarse version with all finer grains sifted out (no dust).

Want to build sandcastles? Use our Sparkling White Play Sand. Need sand for indoor sensory or play therapy? We recommend our Therapy Play Sand for its no fine particle content.

  • Both can be used for indoor and outdoor; in sand & water tables, sand trays and sandboxes
  • Both are made from feldspar rock, only sifted differently
  • Both have no free silica, no crystalline silica, no quartz, no asbestos, no wheat or gluten, no nuts or seeds or any other potentially hazardous impurities.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of technical details:

Sparkling White Play Sand

Color Natural White
Grain Size 0.08 - 0.4 mm
Made from Feldspar Rock
Moldable Yes


Therapy Play Sand

Color Natural White
Grain Size 0.3 - 0.85 mm
Made from Feldspar Rock
Moldable No



How are Sandtastik® products used in schools?

Sandtastik offers exciting, educational activities for kids to dive into and create:



How are Sandtastik® products used in Festivals?

Ask any child what some of their favorite festival activities are and we’re positive that the booth with the colored sand will rank near the top. It is not uncommon to be waiting in line just to put sand in a bottle. That’s because our tiny twinkling grains are bursting with vibrant color! Choose your bottle and scoop in all your favorite sand colors right to the rim. Cap it and presto! A sand art masterpiece made by you! This treasure lasts a lifetime, unless you drop it or shake it too hard :)

Looking for an exciting party or group activity? Bring home the fun with Sandtastik® Sand Art Activity Kits. All-in-one kits packed full of fun! Various sizes available.



When using the Flower Drying Art Silica Gel, is it possible to dry a whole bouquet without separating the flowers and cutting off their stems?

The stems don't need to be cut off, but the flowers need to be separated from each other because each type of flower requires a different amount of time to dry.


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