New! Sand dough! So easy and fun to make and similar to our popular cloud dough recipe. This simple sand dough recipe uses just three ingredients, flour, play sand and oil for tonnes of hands-on fun for kids. Bonus, make your own sand dough sensory bin and explore geometric shapes for early learning. We love easy sensory play recipes!

HOW TO MAKE SAND DOUGH FOR EASY SENSORY PLAY!

How to make sand dough for sensory play activities with kids.

MAKE A SAND DOUGH SENSORY BIN

We love to whip up sensory recipes and experiment with new textures any day of the week. All of our homemade sensory play recipes require only a few ingredients, are quick and easy, and are way too much fun!

Sand dough makes for an awesome sensory bin to dig your hands into. I even love to play with it as well. It feels soft on the skin and doesn’t leave a heavy residue on the hand. Bonus, it sweeps up easily too!

Here we used the sand dough we made to take a look at geometric shapes. I got out all our shape cookie cutters and a potato masher {apparently that’s his standard tool with our sensory doughs}!

EARLY LEARNING WITH SAND DOUGH!

Sand Dough Sensory Play Shapes Play Geometric Shapes Activity

I did transfer some of the sand dough to a baking dish so that it was easier to flatten for the cookie cutters. Although the high sides of the bin keep the mess contained, it did make it a bit tougher for him to pack the sand dough down the way he wanted to. Remember, sand dough does clean up easily!

You can also use alphabet and number dough stamps or cookie cutters! Practice counting, spelling names, and so much more!

Terrific hands-on learning that can be worksheet free!

Sand Dough Geometric Shape Play

We talked about the different shapes we had available, made patterns, counted sides, and then enjoyed making it smooth again!

Sand Dough Exploring Geometric Shapes Sensory Play

SAND DOUGH RECIPE

Please note; this sand dough recipe is not taste safe! Our regular homemade cloud dough can be made taste safe as it’s just flour and oil.

However, the play sand gives this a fun texture like a day at the beach making the perfect sandcastle sand.

The sand dough also doesn’t dry out and stays moist for quite a while. It’s different from our homemade kinetic sand but still heaps of fun!

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • Bin or container
  • 3 cups of play sand {Home Depot type}
  • 3 cups of flour (we have used all different kinds including gluten-free and buckwheat!)
  • 1 cup of baby oil (or cooking oil)
  • Play tools like a small container for making castles and cookie cutters

HOW TO MAKE SAND DOUGH

Measure and add all your ingredients to a large bin or container and mix by hand.

You should be able to grab a chunk and mold it and have it hold. If not, you may need more oil. Too oily, add more flour!

Set out your sensory dough with some fun tools and time to play!

MORE FUN SENSORY RECIPES

EASY SAND DOUGH FUN FOR KIDS!

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Sand Dough

  • 3 cups play sand
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup baby oil or cooking oil
  1. Measure each of the ingredients and add to a large container or bowl.

  2. Mix the ingredients together well.

  3. Set out your sand dough with some fun tools and time to play!

You should be able to grab a chunk and mold it and have it hold. If not, you may need more oil. Too oily, add more flour!

4 Comments

  1. Yes, you do want to check on it every time and I wouldn’t tightly cover it! We have used it for a week or so at least!

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