Kinetic Sand Recipes

Little Bins For Little Hands -link- uses glue, soap and corn starch

EatingRichly -link- uses oil and corn starch, no soap

Mama Papa Bubba-link- uses a playdough recipe mixed with sand

The Spruce Crafts -link-  from image above

“To get started read through all of the instructions for this project. Then gather the following materials to make the sand:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fine white sand
  • Corn Starch

To make the colored soapy solution:

  • 1 cup of water
  • Dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • It’s important that the sand is kept dry. Ensure that your sand is bone dry before continuing with this step. If your sand is damp, you will need to bake it first to remove the excess water.

    Pour the sand into a bowl. Use as much sand as you’d like to play with. We used about 3 to 4 cups of sand.

    Note: If the sand is damp, spread it on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 120 degrees F. Make sure the sand has cooled before pouring it into the mixing bowl.

    Use your spoon measurer to measure out 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and add it to your sand. Help a child get an accurate measurement by having them scoop the corn starch with the measurer, and then use a finger to level out the powder in the spoon by brushing it across the top.

    Mix together the sand and corn starch until the two are fully integrated.

    Tip: you can mix the two with your measuring spoon to save dishes. Set the sand and cornstarch mixture aside.

    Since kinetic sand is made up of 98% sand and 2% polymers—you will need to make a solution containing polymers to add to the sand. The polymers that we need for our kinetic sand are found in dish soap.

    First, measure out a cup of water. Add in 1 tsp of dish soap. Mix together the soap and water with the measuring spoon until bubbles appear on the surface.

    Add at least 6 drops of food coloring into the soapy water solution. We used red and blue food coloring to make purple kinetic sand. The darker the soapy water solution is, the more colorful your sand will be. It takes more food coloring in the water then you think it does. Should you decide later to add more food coloring, you can do so when you are mixing your sand.

    Slowly pour the solution into your sand. If you pour too fast, your sand will be runny. You are aiming for a consistency of a really thick milkshake. It’s best to take this step slow and mix the sand with the solution as you go—you will not need to use all the solution you made.

    For mixing: roll up your sleeves and dive in with both hands!”