This sensory play sand inspired by Pinterest is DIY, budget friendly, customisable and lots of FUN! It requires very little ingredients and it lasts a little while before you need to throw it out if kept in containers or covered up in a large tub.


  • 1 Mixing Container
  • 12 Cups Plain Flour
  • 8 Cups Baby oil, vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • Drops Optional food colouring


  1. Pour your flour into a mixing bowl and add your baby oil. Distribute until even and the flour feels soft and silky but crumbly at the same time. You should be able to press the sand together firmly and it will hold momentarily.
  2. To give the sand some colour add drops of food colouring to the baby oil. Mix the baby oil up a little before pouring it in. The colour will give the flour a speckled effect unless effort is taken to distribute evenly.
  3. You can experiment with different things such as glitter if you are confident your child won't mouth/ingest the mixture. I suggest large flakes of glitter as fine glitter can irritate the skin/eyes.

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  • Oh we love magic sand, so much fun


  • The coconut oil is a bit expensive to buy but it’s a lovely project


  • I’m onto this! Grandson home, needing lots of new easy activities to try. Am sending this one to my daughter in law to help out


  • This is a much more cost friendly form of sensory sand than the bought products. Sensory sand is such fun and so calming.


  • Great to then hide things in too and the kids have to go on a treasure hunt. Adjuncts go well with it too like dinosaurs and making dinosaur land.


  • Looks like it’s pretty easy to make but I’m unsure exactly what to do with sensory sand. Maybe I’ll just make some to find out. Lots of oil needed


  • I have always wanted to do something like this. So simple.


  • I HAve some of the materials at home should give this a go THx for sharing


  • so quick and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.


  • My 2 year old loves feeling the dirt and sand through his fingers, this would be good for him to play with


  • Just like magic sand how wonderful.

    • It should be called Magic Sand love the name


  • Great idea. We’ve used this before in Therapy!


  • Cheaper than buying the store bought versions too.


  • Easy and simple. Great to encourage sensory play.


  • Nice and messy. Just how kids like it. Great idea for lots of fun and giggles. Thank you


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