This has to be the BEST and easiest kinetic sand recipe around! If you love the way kinetic sand feels out of the box, why not make your own DIY kinetic sand at home and save! Kids love this type of play sand that moves and it works magically for a variety of ages. Add this homemade kinetic sand recipe to your bag of sensory recipes, and you will always have something fun to whip up any day you want!
HOW TO MAKE KINETIC SAND AT HOME!
DIY KINETIC SAND
Kids love digging their hands into cool sensory textures like playdough, slime, sand foam, sand dough, and definitely this new kinetic sand we have been testing out!
My son loves to explore new textures, and it never gets old for us to pull out one of our easy to make sensory creations and whip up something for the afternoon, especially if the weather isn’t cooperating.
This kinetic sand is borax free and non-toxic for kids of all ages to enjoy. However, it is NOT edible.
Check out our sand slime option if you love making slime!
HANDS-ON LEARNING WITH KINETIC SAND
Kinetic sand is an excellent addition to your preschool activities! Even a busy box or small bin with a lid filled with a batch of kinetic sand, a few small trucks, and a little container is a great start! Transform any morning or afternoon with this activity.
MORE FUN KINETIC SAND ACTIVITIES:
- Duplos are fun to stamp in kinetic sand!
- Use number or letter cookie cutters along with homemade kinetic sand for math and literacy. Add counters for one to one counting practice too.
- Create a holiday theme such as red kinetic sand using red craft sand for Christmas. Add holiday-themed cookie cutters and plastic candy canes.
- Add a handful of google eyes to the kinetic sand and a pair of kid-safe tweezers to practice fine motor skills while removing them.
- Pair a favorite book such as a truck book with a batch of fresh kinetic sand, small vehicles, and rocks. Or an ocean book with a handful of seashells to identify.
- TOOBS animals pair well with kinetic sand too and are perfect for exploring different habitats around the world.
WHAT IS KINETIC SAND?
Kinetic sand is a really neat material because it has a bit of movement to it. It’s still moldable and shapeable and squishable! The cornstarch, dish soap, and glue all make this come together for a very fun activity that provides an amazing tactile experience.
Although this kinetic sand is very similar to the store-bought kind, it will still have its own unique texture. If your sand is too dry add a bit more glue, and if it is too sticky mix in a bit more cornstarch.
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KINETIC SAND RECIPE
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 cup of play sand or craft sand (used colored craft sand to create colorful kinetic sand!)
- 1/2 cup of school glue
- 2 teaspoons of dish soap
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
HOW TO MAKE KINETIC SAND
STEP 1: Combine play sand, dish soap, and cornstarch, stirring until all the ingredients are mixed together very well.
STEP 2: Add the glue a little at a time and stir thoroughly with each time you add a bit more.
STEP 3: Once the ingredients are mixed with the spoon, knead the mixture with your hands for a few moments to finish the mixing process!
Kinetic sand is an interesting texture. Have you ever made oobleck? It’s a bit similar where the mixture doesn’t quite feel like a solid or a liquid. That’s called a Non-newtonian fluid and you can read more about that here.
KINETIC SAND TIPS
Kinetic sand is much less messy than a bin of plain sand, but you can still expect some spills when your kids’ imaginations take off!
A small dustpan and brush are perfect for little spills. You can even take it outside. If you want to limit indoor mess, put down a dollar store shower curtain or old sheet first. Simply shake it out when you are done!
I recommend putting the kinetic sand in a large bin that’s not too shallow for younger kids. Older kids may enjoy playing more calmly with it on a craft tray or dollar store cookie sheet.
Keep your kinetic sand covered and it should last for several weeks. If you do store it away for a while, do check for freshness when you pull it out.
Since this sensory recipe is not made with commercial ingredients (preservatives or chemicals), it is healthier, but also not as long-lasting!
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I tried this recipe and it clumped up into a rubbery mess. Not sure what happened but this recipe did not work for us.
I’m sorry to hear that as we have made it several times and actually sent it off to have the video made for us. Happy to troubleshoot if you email [email protected]
Could you be more specific about what brands of dish soap and glue were used? Or where you got play/craft sand? Not all glues and dish soaps were created equal! Which one works best?
We tend to use what’s on hand such as Dawn! Play/craft sand can be found on Amazon or in craft stores.
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