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Homemade Kinetic Sand Recipe

Learn how to make Kinetic Sand at home! This homemade, DIY recipe is only three affordable ingredients and it will keep the kiddos busy for hours!

blue sand in a white dish with a green scoop.

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a child's hand playing with the sand in a white casserole dish.

I'm so excited Hazel is finally old enough for activities like this!

She is 2 1/2 now and we're finally moving away from her putting everything in her mouth. Playdoh is her absolute favorite, but she loves playing with this homemade kinetic sand too.

This three ingredient soft, moldable sand is such a cool texture and great for sensory time. Try using toy cars, scoops, cookie cutters, molds and utensils for hours of imaginative play!

It's affordable, stores well and you can make so many different colors. Try this sand in themed sensory bins or pair it up with a book about the beach.

This kinetic sand is great for party favors or gifting to your favorite littles too!

As always, please use supervision with the younger kiddos to make sure they are not ingesting the sand.

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What supplies do you need?

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How to make:

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Scroll down for measurements, instructions and printing!

Helpful tips:

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I hope you enjoy this activity as much as our family did!

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Homemade Kinetic Sand Recipe

Author: Sweet Hazel Honey
prep time: 10 Mperform time: total time: 10 M


  • 2 1/2 cups colored play sand
  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Add the sand and cornstarch to a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add the oil, then mix again with your hands until combined. 
  3. After playing, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It should keep for 2-3 months.
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