Need A New Sensory Play Activity? Try This DIY Kinetic Sand

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DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

If you’ve taken a stroll down any toy aisle with your child recently, then you’ve seen kinetic sand. It looks wet, but it is actually completely dry and can hold different shapes easily. It also seems like it has magnetic properties.

Although I’d love to buy my daughter her own kinetic sand kit at $15 per cup of sand, I just don’t think it’s worth the money. So I decided to make DIY Kinetic Sand at home, since sensory play is one of my daughter’s favourite activities.

This DIY Kinetic Sand won’t get everywhere like regular sand, but you’ll still find some grains in places after playtime is over, so keep a broom nearby! It’s so easy to do that my daughter took control of the whole project.

You can totally make your own version with your kids, too. Here’s how:

Ingredients for DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

Supplies:

  • 2 cups sand (from the beach or the sandpit)
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • small bowl of water
  • 1½ teaspoons dish washing liquid
  • food colouring
  • whisk

Instructions:

stirring sand and corn starch

Step 1: Combine the sand and corn flour with a whisk.

adding soap water to the sand mixture

Step 2: In a small bowl, add the dish washing liquid to the water and stir until nice and bubbly. Add 1 tablespoon to the sand mixture and whisk gently until sand feels damp. If your sand is still dry in spots, add a little more water until it is completely damp.

damp sand separating sand for coloring

Step 3: Separate the sand into smaller bowls.

adding colour to sand

Step 4: Add food colouring to each bowl and whisk gently until completely mixed. Be as generous with the colouring as you like!

colouring the sand

Step 5: Add some glitter to take things to a different level. My daughter went nuts for the sand right about here!

DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

Step 6: Spread the sand out and allow 1 to 2 hours to dry.

DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

Once the sand has dried, pour it into a tray or large plastic container and let your kids go to town!

DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

The dish washing liquid helps the sand keep its shape while it’s still dry to the touch!

DIY Kinetic Sand To Make With The Kids

Kids will spend hours playing with this stuff!