Kinetic Sand Recipe

Wondering how to make kinetic sand? This kinetic sand recipe uses just 3 ingredients to make a soft, moldable sand that provides hours of sensory play time.

Kinetic Sand with a Cookie Cutter

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WHAT IS KINETIC SAND?

Kinetic sand is basically sand that has other ingredients added to make it soft and crumbly like fine beach sand, but also able to hold its shape when squeezed in a mold.

Child Holding Kinetic Sand

This makes kinetic sand a lot of fun for kids to dig in like a sandbox, but they can also press it in their hands, cookie cutters, or other containers like candy molds.

You can buy all sorts of funkinetic sand kits ormoon sand kits online and in stores. But it’s easy to make your own kinetic sand, and then you can make as big a batch as you want.

There are several different types of kinetic sand you can make. Some use dish soap and water. Others are more of a sand slime. But my kids favorite kinetic sand recipe just uses colorful sand, cornstarch (or flour), and oil.

HOMEMADE KINETIC SAND RATIO

To make this kinetic sand recipe, just remember the ratio 5:3:1. That way, whether you have a measuring cup, or just a little container or scoop, you can get the ratio right.

It’s 5 parts sand, to 3 parts cornstarch (you can also sub flour for the cornstarch), and 1 part oil.

DIY Kinetic Sand

The recipe below uses a 1/2 cup measuring cup. So it’s 2 1/2 cups (5 scoops) of sand, 1 1/2 cups (3 scoops) of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup (1 scoop) of oil.

KINETIC SAND RECIPE SUPPLIES

Kinetic Sand Ingredients and Supplies

SAND: You can use any variety of sand for your diy kinetic sand. Play sand from the hardware store works great, as does fine beach sand. We like to buy craft/decorators sand in different colors as the bright colors add to the sensory experience.

CORNSTARCH: I prefer cornstarch because it is so silky. But you can also make kinetic sand without cornstarch by using flour.

OIL: You can use any oil you like for kinetic sand. Cooking oil, baby oil, or mineral oil. We went with canola oil because I had a big jug of it that I rarely use.

HOW TO MAKE KINETIC SAND

Pouring sand for homemade kinetic sand.

Decide what kind of container you want for your kinetic sand (we used a glass casserole dish), and pour 5 scoops of sand into it.

Pouring cornstarch into sand for homemade kinetic sand.
Pour in the cornstarch.

Sand and Cornstarch Mixed for DIY Kinetic Sand
Mix the sand and cornstarch really well until completely incorporated.

Pouring oil into sand and cornstarch for DIY kinetic sand
Now pour in the oil.

DIY kinetic sand mixed together
Mix again, until there are no oily spots or dry spots.

Child playing in DIY kinetic sand
Play in the sand with hands, scoops, shovels, cups, spoons, cookie cutters, and more!

MORE SENSORY ACTIVITIES

If you’re looking for sensory activities, check out our Toddler Goop Recipe, Slime Recipe, and Shaving Cream Sensory Painting.

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Wondering how to make kinetic sand? This kinetic sand recipe uses just 3 ingredients to make a soft, moldable sand that provides hours of sensory play time.

Kinetic Sand Recipe

Wondering how to make kinetic sand? This kinetic sand recipe uses just 3 ingredients to make a soft, moldable sand that provides hours of sensory play time. Feel free to substitute flour if you don't have cornstarch. We used canola oil but you can also use olive oil, mineral oil, or baby oil. You will need to add food coloring if you are not starting with colored sand.

Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix sand and cornstarch together completely.

    Sand Mixed with Cornstarch
  2. Add oil and mix well.

    Pouring oil into sand and cornstarch for DIY kinetic sand
  3. When there are no oily spots and no dry spots, the sand is ready for play time!

    DIY kinetic sand mixed together

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