This Is How To Make Kinetic Sand In Easy Steps

When the little ones get tired of the play dough and want something a little more exciting, it’s time to pull out the sand slime and wow them! You can even tell a good story spinning, having them believe that an astronaut brought this amazing stuff all the way back from the moon just for them to play with! All you need to know is how to make kinetic sand.

Blond beautiful girl smiles and plays with purple sand on a white table

You can always buy the commercially made moon sand, but half the fun is in making it yourself! DIY kinetic sand is just as fun and squishy as the store-bought stuff. Follow our easy DIY kinetic sand recipes and learn how to make this moldable magic sand for yourselves!

How to make kinetic sand using sand and cornflour

Wondering how to make your own kinetic sand? Following this easy tutorial, you can make play sand using cornflour in no time!

Ingredients needed 

  • 3 measuring cups corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 cups fine, clean sand

Step 1: Pour 1 1/2 cup of water into a large bowl

Fill a large plastic bowl with water. You should keep in mind that you may need some smaller containers for any additives you’re going to use later.

Step 2: Pour 3 cups of cornflour into the water

Cornflour tends to clump; that’s why you should stir thoroughly to remove any lumps.

Step 3: Consider adding colour, scent, or glitter to the sand

You can buy plain or coloured sand. Although the coloured one will be more expensive, the plain sand will give you a clean slate to work with. If you use plain sand and want a range of colours, you should separate the sand evenly into smaller containers and then add the different colours separately. 

If you want to colour your sand, stir in a few drops of liquid watercolour or liquid food colouring. If you’re going to make glow-in-the-dark sand, stir into the water a few drops of glow-in-the-dark paint. You may also give your sand a scent by adding spices or a few drops of baking extract, like lemon or vanilla.

Step 4: Mix in the sand

Keep stirring to mix the concoction well to make sure that all the ingredients are combined completely. It’s better to get clean fine sand from your arts and craft stores or your local home improvement since beach sand isn’t always very clean. If you haven’t already coloured the sand, consider using pre-coloured sand.

Step 5: Store it

After you and your kids use it, package it in a resealable, sealed container and store it in a dry and cool place to maximise its longevity. If you keep it well placed, you can use it for up to 2-3 months. Every time you want to play with it, you can revive it with 2-3 tablespoons of water.

A child plays with kinetic sand on white table

How to make kinetic sand using flour and baby oil

Another recipe to follow is using baby oil and flour to complete your project. Below is all you need to do!

Ingredients needed

  • 9 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup baby oil

Step 1: Pour your flour into a large bowl

If you want to make various colours, divide your flour up into separate mixing bowls. Use as many bowls as the number of colours you want. 

Step 2: Add powder-based colours, scents, or glitter to the flour

If you plan to add any colour, glitter, or scents, you should do so now since it is a lot easier to mix dry materials with other dry ones than with wet ones. Make sure to mix it into the flour well. Here are some powder ideas to add to your flour:

  1. Use one or two tablespoons of powdered tempera paint, powdered chalk, or watercolour if you just want to add colour.
  2. Add powdered drink mix to give the sand colour and a pleasant smell.
  3. Put in a few teaspoons of glitter to give the sand some extra powder.
  4. Mix in a bit of spice, like pumpkin pie, vanilla sugar, apple pie, cinnamon or cocoa if you want to give it a nice smell.

Step 3: Add any oil-based colours and scents to the baby oil and stir well

Oil and water do not mix, so the regular food colouring or liquid watercolours won’t work. If you don’t have any spices or powdered paint, you can still scent and colour your sand by adding stuff to it. Here are some suggestions:

  1. To colour it without powdered paint, use oil-based food colouring or oil-based candy colouring.
  2. You may scent it without spices, adding a few essential oil drops or baking extract.

Step 4: Add the baby oil to the flour

Once you’ve mixed in colour, add 1 1/4 cups of baby oil and mix it up.

Step 5: Mix it up and play with it

Once you’ve got everything in—colour, scent, glitter—mix it all up well and get to play with it. What will be your first creation? A beautiful sandcastle? A giant octopus? The moon itself?

Step 6: Store it in an air-tight container

Your moon sand will be fine to be used for a solid month or two. To maximise its lifespan, store it in a sealed container in a dry and cool place. Every time you pull it back out for playtime, you can revive it with a couple of tablespoons of water.

Child building sandcastle with kinetic sand

How to make kinetic sand using school glue, dish soap and cornflour

Do you want to make sand using things you have in the house? Keep on reading to learn how to make your own using school glue, dish soap and cornflour.

Ingredients needed

  • 1 cup of play sand or craft sand (sand mixed with polymer)
  • 1/2 cup of school clear glue or silicone
  • 2 teaspoons of dish soap
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid starch/cornflour

Easy steps to follow

  1. After combining play sand, soap, and cornflour, stir them until all of them are mixed very well. 
  2. Add a little glue at a time and stir well with each time you add a bit more.  
  3. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients with a spoon, knead your mixture with your hands for a few minutes to finish the mixing process! 

Homemade blue slime, pink kinetic sand on grey table

How to make kinetic sand using corn starch and vegetable oil

Do you have some extra vegetable oil around the house? Combine it with cornflour and create beautiful kinetic sand following our tutorial!

Ingredients needed

  • 4 cups cornflour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

Step 1: Pour 4 cups of cornflour into a big bowl

Your sand will be pure white if you don’t add any colour to it, looking almost like snow! If you plan on creating different smells or stains, separate your cornflour into different bowls. 

Step 2: Mix in any scents, glitter, or powdered colours to the corn starch

If you have any spices, glitter, or powdered colours that you want to add to your sand, do it now since it is much easier to mix dry ingredients with other dry ones. Here are some ways in which you can spruce up the sand:

  1. Add in a few glitter teaspoons to make the sand sparkle.
  2. Put in a few tablespoons of powdered watercolour, powdered tempera paint, or powdered chalk.
  3. Use a packet of powdered drink mix to give the sand a nice colour and scent.
  4. Sprinkle in baking spices, like apple pie, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, cocoa, or vanilla sugar to give the sand a nice smell.
  5. If you want to add any oil-based drops of food dyes or essential oils, save them for later.

Step 3: Mix in any oil-based essential oils or dyes to the vegetable oil, if desired

You’ll need ¾ cup of vegetable oil, and keep in mind that anything you’ll add to it needs to be oil-based. If you won’t find any powdered colours but still want to colour your sand, add in a few drops of oil-based candy colouring or oil-based food colouring. Remember that if you don’t find any spices that appeal to you but want to make your sand smell nice, you can add a few drops of baking extract or essential oil like vanilla, orange or almond.

Step 4: Mix the vegetable oil into the cornflour to keep it looking like snow

If it is a little dry, add one or two tablespoons of vegetables at a time to loosen it up. If it is wet, add more corn starch. The main advantage to this sand recipe is that when you combine these 2 ingredients, you can make sand that looks like snow.

Step 5: Mix it up well and start playtime

Moon sand is notoriously great for sensory play, so get your child engaged in it by asking questions and getting creative! 

Step 6: Keep it in an air-tight container

Put the sand into a sealed container and keep it in a cool, dry location. You can keep it for a few months, though it is cheap enough always to make a new batch. When you want to play with it again, you can bring it back to life with just a few tablespoons of water.

Is kinetic sand safe?

Kinetic sand can be dangerous to children and pets if eaten. Although it is non-toxic, the store-bought ones do not pass through the body as regular sand does. There have been reports of pets requiring surgery to have kinetic sand removed after they digest it. The best thing to do is to keep kinetic sand far away from your pets and, as with all sensory play activities, that you use adult supervision with kids when playing. Homemade kinetic sand recipes may be safer due to their ingredients, but you should better not take the risk.

girl and woman mould with kinetic sand in playschool
Looking for ways to make kinetic sand yourself at home? Kids love to play with sand, either it is regular play sand at the beach or in a sandbox. The total time to finish your project will be less than half an hour, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy kids activities with your children. Our easy guide provides hours of hands-on sensory fun for all ages and moldable magic sand to help your kids get a great sensory sand experience! Next project: How to get slime out of clothes fast!

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