Make Your Own Kinetic Sand

As we approach September, children are heading to school.  However, the last few weeks of summer can be difficult — you may have used all of your great ideas for activities to keep children busy!  Here’s another idea to keep everyone happy until school begins!

Chances are you have most likely heard of or played with kinetic sand. This is popular with kids as well as adults. Kinetic sand actually sticks together, almost magnetically. It has shown up any many offices around the country, it eases the mind, provides stress relief and helps get the creative juices flowing. Find out how to make your own, without spending nearly as much as you would if you purchased this item from a retailer. When buying this item from the store, you could spend anywhere from $30-$80. This recipe cost under $10, or even less if you don’t have to buy the sand.

What You Will Need:

5 Cups of sand

1 ½ Cup Corn Starch

1 Cup Water

½ Teaspoon Dish Soap


In a large container, mix the sand and cornstarch together.

Once these two ingredients are mixed well, grab a separate container to mix the water and dish soap together. It may be helpful to mix the water and dish soap with a whisk.

Mix the sand and corn starch container with the wet mixture container. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.

*Tip: You may need to add more or less water depending on how wet your sand is. If the sand you are using is completely dry, start with the single cup of water. If the sand is damp, start with one half a cup of water.

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