Kinetic Sand

Make a little…

INGREDIENTS

5 cups sand
1c+ 1/8 cup corn starch
1 teaspoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
water (about 1 cup)
optional: 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a container
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

Store in a covered container.

Variation: Add dry tempera paint to sand when adding cornstarch to add some color to the sand.

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total in the BIG 50 pound recipe below and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours gets dry you can add water to it.

Make a lot…

INGREDIENTS:

50 lb. bag of Play Sand, $2.47 at Home Depot
(approx 25 cups = 50 lbs)
6 Cups of corn starch
1 1/2 Tablespoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
Water (start with 3 cups, add more as needed – 1 cup at a time)
optional: approx 1 tablespoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total for the 50 pound recipe and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours does get dry you can add water to it.

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a big container (plastic tubs with lids work great!)
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly using your hands or a shovel
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

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