Brilliant Budget-Friendly Baby & Toddler Activity: How to Make Kinetic Sand! 

From the sandpit to the beachy dunes, every tot loves to play in the sand. It’s the perfect construction material – and even more fun for demolition.

kinetic sand

Kinetic sand is like the suped-up version of the standard stuff; squeezable, packable, and endlessly mouldable…without falling to bits at the slightest touch. The only downside is the hefty pricetag – which is why this DIY kinetic sand is ace: budget-friendly, with a texture almost identical to what’s found in stores.

Check out the simple tutorial below, and see if your kiddies don’t go crazy for it (you may just be tempted into some amateur architecture yourself):

All you need to get started is water, corn starch and washing up liquid – easy-peasy, right?


  • 6 cups play sand
  • 1-1/2 cups corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons dish soap
  • ¾ cup of water


Mix together the sand and corn starch.

Add the dish soap to the water in a separate container and stir until it’s well mixed and a little bubbly.

Then add the water and soap solution to the sand and corn starch mixture.

Stir it up until it’s well mixed. If it looks a little too dry, feel free to add some more water until it gets to a preferred consistency.


TIP: If your sand dries out, add more water and if it loses its squishiness, add another squirt of washing up liquid.

When you are done playing, let it dry out, and then put the lid back on the container to save it for another day. To bring it back to life, add the water and dish soap again, and mix!

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