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How to Make DIY Kinetic Sand

How to Make a DIY Kinetic Sand Recipe

Learning how to make DIY kinetic sand is a great project for kids. It is also a fun way to keep them occupied on rainy and bad weather days!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 ounces
Author Debra Maslowski



  1. First, ensure your sand is dry. You may also want to sift it through a screen to get out any larger pieces.

  2. Next, mix the sand and cornstarch together very, very well.

  3. Stir the soap and water together in a separate container.

  4. Now pour 1 cup of soapy water into the dry mixture and mix well.

  5. 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 your batch of play sand dough to a consistency where it is damp, but not liquid. Also, 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.

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There, you just made DIY kinetic sand! Store your sand in a container with a good seal. If you take care and don't let your sand dry out in between playtimes, it will last for a very long time. This homemade kinetic sand is GREAT for sensory play and sensory activities!