I was in Walmart a few weeks ago and spotted some colorful Crayola Play Sand in the Garden Center at Walmart for just under $7 per 20lb bag?! How could I pass that up? For one, I needed to fill up our sand box which has been on my to-do list but I’ve also been dying to try to make our own kinetic sand. It’s so much cheaper to make your own and you can make SO MUCH at a time. When making colored kinetic sand I didn’t want to have to use regular play sand and add in coloring because that usually ends up a mess. You also want to make sure you’re using a high quality play sand. Crayola Play Sand is perfect for that because it’s already colored and it’s the is the safest, cleanest, highest-quality sand, with durable colors that don’t stain or fade over time.
The colors come in blue, purple, green, and pink. I ended up going with a few bags of blue and purple and made an Ocean Kinetic Sand. It’s squishy, moldable and so much fun! Follow the easy tutorial below to get started.
Supplies needed to make kinetic sand:
- 5 Cups Crayola Play Sand
- 1 1/2 Cups Corn Starch
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dish Soap
- Plastic Bin
- Assorted rocks, shells, sea animal toys
How to make Ocean Kinetic Sand:
- Combine sand and corn starch in bin and mix thoroughly.
- Mix the water and dish soap until it’s bubbly.
- Slowly add to the sand mixture.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Add your kinetic sand to your bin, then add in some shells, rocks, and sea animals!
Note: One thing to keep in mind is that your sand was probably stored outside so the sand may be a little damper than usual. So start off with a LITTLE water at a time. If you think your sand is too wet just add more corn starch. Our bag was a little damp. so I opened it and set it out to dry for a few hours before I mixed our batch up. If your mixture is too damp when you make it just leave the lid off for a few hours and it will dry out.
The kids had so much fun digging and playing in their ocean bin. I added in some green colored gems for seaweed but they ended up using them as treasure and had them hidden throughout their bin.
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