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Easy Homemade Kinetic Sand

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Jaimee Barnett

Assistant Director @ Kids Club Collins St.

This immersive activity offers little ones a tactile exploration, blending sensory stimulation with foundational skill development. Beyond amusement, this easy homemade kinetic sand fosters fine motor proficiency and cognitive enrichment.

Choosing an activity has never been so easy. Grounded in early childhood research there are tangible benefits of experiential learning.

Items and Equipment Needed


Alright, junior scientists, before we begin our experiment, we need to gather our special ingredients. Once you have these, we’re all set to make our very own kinetic sand!

  • 2 ½ cups of fine sand (pick your favourite colour!)
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • ½ cups oil (any will do)


Now, to the fun part! This is like baking a cake, but instead, we’re making sand. Here’s the magical recipe to create our playtime masterpiece:

  1. In a big bowl, mix your colourful sand and cornstarch together. It’ll look like a sandy cloud!
  2. Now, pour in the oil and give it a good stir. Mix, mix, mix until there’s no oily patches and no dry areas. It should feel a bit like the sand at the beach on a wet day.
  3. Want to give it a twist? If you fancy some moon sand, add 1 tablespoon of dish soap and mix again. It’ll have a different, moon-like texture!

Final Words or Additional Information

The process of creating kinetic sand provides a rich array of benefits for young children. This activity, rooted in experiential learning, not only offers amusement but also paves the way for multifaceted growth in the early years of a child’s life, including:

  • Sensory Development:
    • Tactile Stimulation: The unique texture of kinetic sand stimulates the sense of touch, allowing children to explore different consistencies — from the powdery blend of sand and cornstarch to the wet-beach feel once the oil is added.
    • Visual Engagement: Choosing coloured sands offers visual stimulation and can help enhance colour recognition.
  • Cognitive Growth:
    • Cause and Effect Understanding: As children mix different ingredients, they observe the transformation of materials, helping them grasp the concept of cause and effect.
    • Problem-Solving Skills: Ensuring the sand reaches the right consistency can challenge their observational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Fine Motor Skills Enhancement:
    • Manipulative Skills: Stirring, pouring, and kneading help in refining motor skills necessary for tasks like writing and buttoning in the future.
  • Science and Discovery:
    • Experimentation: The addition of dish soap for a “moon-like” texture introduces them to basic scientific experimentation — observing how altering ingredients can result in varied outcomes.
    • Vocabulary Building: Terms like “oily patches,” “dry areas,” and “consistency” can enrich their vocabulary related to textures and states of matter.
  • Creativity and Imagination:
    • Open-Ended Play: Once made, kinetic sand can be used for various imaginative games, fostering creative thinking.
    • Customization: Children can get creative, adjusting the texture or adding more colors to their kinetic sand.
  • Emotional and Social Development:
    • Achievement and Confidence: Successfully creating their kinetic sand can boost their self-esteem and give a sense of accomplishment.
    • Collaboration: If done in group settings, it can promote teamwork, sharing, and collaborative play.

Happy Playing!