Learning how to make kinetic sand is a great project for you and the kids. DIY kinetic sand is also a fun way to keep them occupied on bad weather days!
Trying to keep kids busy is hard! From rainy days to snowstorms to summer boredom, kids need things to do. Instead of parking them in front of the TV or sending them to play video games, why not create some fun? There are many projects that kids can participate in, like making this homemade playdough recipe or even learning how to make kinetic sand!
What is Kinetic Sand?
Kinetic Sand™ is trademarked toy sand that is made from sand and silicone. It can be molded and remolded, like beach sand, but it doesn’t dry out. You can purchase Kinetic Sand™ or make similar sand with just a few ingredients that you probably have at home.
How to Make Kinetic Sand
This sand is easy to make with simple materials that are easily obtained if you don’t already have them.
- 2 cups sand
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 Tablespoon liquid soap
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups water
- First, make sure your sand is dry. You may also want to sift it through a screen to get out any larger pieces.
- Next, mix the sand and cornstarch together very, very well.
- Mix the soap and water in a separate container.
- Now add 1 cup of the soapy water to the dry mixture and mix well.
- From here, add small amounts of liquid together with the sand, mixing well as you go. You may not need all of the water, or you may need a bit more. You want to get it to a consistency where it is damp, but not liquid. It should hold its shape for a few seconds to a minute. If you get it too wet, you can either let it dry out or add a bit more sand.
There, now you know how to make kinetic sand! Store your sand in a container that can be sealed. If you take care and don’t let your sand dry out in between play times, it will last for a very long time.
Coloring Your DIY Kinetic Sand
Plain colored sand can be fun, but can also get boring after a while so try making colored DIY kinetic sand.
It’s not recommended that you use food coloring as it may stain skin and containers. And food color with sand will just look murky. A better idea is to use colored sand, which you can find at craft stores and garden supply centers. Look in the wedding section of craft stores as sand is often used with unity candles.
Pet stores may also have colored sand in the aquarium section. I’ve even found colored sand at dollar stores. Be creative and look around. You never know where it may turn up!
Substitutes for Cornstarch
If you don’t want to use cornstarch in your DIY kinetic sand, you can substitute arrowroot powder or even potato starch or kudzu starch. Any type of starch will work in this case. Flours won’t work as they become like glue when they hydrated with water. And bacteria may grow in flour/water mixes. Starches are better in this case.
Learning how to make kinetic sand is easy and fun! Let’s make some today!