DIY kinetic sand in a bowl

Kinetic sand recipe

Kinetic sand has a unique flowing quality that can be moulded and shaped, yet acts much like a liquid when allowed to fall or move on its own. This fascinating, squishy play material is sure to provide hours of creative and educational play.

What is kinetic sand?

Kinetic sand is a play material that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. It’s mouldable and shapeable, but can also flow and move in a way that is oddly mesmerising. The ‘kinetic’ part of its name refers to the way the sand moves and reacts to force, giving it a life of its own that adds to the sensory experience.

Making your own kinetic sand

While you can buy kinetic sand in the store, it can be even more fun (and cost-effective!) to make your own at home.

You’ll need:

  • 1200 ml of fine play sand
  • 360 ml of cornstarch
  • 240 ml of water
  • 15 ml washing-up liquid (dish soap)


  • Mix the sand and the cornstarch together in a large container.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the water and dish soap until well combined.
  • Gradually add the soapy water to the sand mixture, stirring well. Keep adding the water until you achieve the desired consistency. It should feel like damp sand that holds together well, but also has a fluid-like quality when you let it flow through your hands.

Now your DIY kinetic sand is ready for play!

Play ideas

Kinetic sand provides endless play possibilities. It can be moulded into shapes, used to create sandcastles, or simply manipulated for the sheer joy of its unique sensation.

For added fun, consider providing cookie cutters, moulds, or even plastic toys that can be used in the sand. This not only extends play possibilities, but also enhances fine motor skills and encourages creative play.

If you find the sand drying out, simply add a touch more water and give it a good mix.

Safety first

While kinetic sand is generally safe for children, it’s important to supervise during playtime. Although the sand is non-toxic, it should not be eaten, so make sure little ones know this is for playing, not for snacking. Store your kinetic sand in an airtight container to keep it fresh and ready for the next play session.

Creating your own kinetic sand is a fun, easy, and affordable way to bring sensory play into your home. The process of making it can be just as fun as playing with it, and your child will marvel at the magic of their homemade kinetic sand. Enjoy the creative, sensory-rich play time!