How To Make Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand may be the most satisfying object out there. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make this trendy toy in under an hour.

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Kinetic sand has become an incredibly trendy DIY project. It gets parents and kids involved and working together. Follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make kinetic sand below and you will be playing with this cool creation in an hour.

What is Kinetic Sand?

Kinetic sand mimics the physical properties of wet sand but will never dry out. It looks and feels like normal sand but can be molded to any shape. An important feature of kinetic sand is that doesn’t stick to anything, other than itself. So when you are mixing the sand during Step 3, the kinetic sand is not done until it stops sticking to your spatula (or hands).

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What Do You Need to Make Kinetic Sand?

  • Play sand (1 Cup)
  • Corn starch (1/2 Cup)
  • Dish soap (1 Tbsp)
  • Water (1/4 Cup)
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl
  • Spatula

How Do You Make Kinetic Sand?

Mix Sand, Corn Starch, Dish Soap and Food Coloring

Place 1 cup of play sand, 1/4 cup of corn starch, 1 tablespoon of dish soap and a few drops of food coloring into a bowl. Stir with a spatula until the food coloring is fully mixed in.

Add Water

Add 1/4 cup of water to the mixture. Mix until the water fully dissolves.

Add More Cornstarch

Mix in another 1/4 cup of corn starch.

Let the Mixture Sit

Let the mixture sit for about an hour. If you are really wanting to expedite the process, you can place the mixture outside in the sun to let it set. This will save you about half the time on a hot day.

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