Kinetic sand is fun but it is expensive. There is a solution, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost and it’s actually surprisingly easy.

DIY kinetic sand

What you’ll need: 

  • 5 cups of sand
  • 1.2 cups of corn flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dish liquid
  • 1 cup of water approximately
  • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)


  1. Put 5 cups of play sand in a container (take from your sandpit or buy a packet at a hardware store)
  2. Add 1.2 cups of corn flour and mix.
  3. Mix 3/4 a cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional). (The tea tree oil is antibacterial and will keep it smelling fresh and lasting longer).
  4. If your sand was very dry when you started you may need to add another 1/4 cup of water. If your homemade kinetic sand is too wet, just leave it out and it will dry.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Try it and let me know how you go. Please add comment below.

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  • Great idea especially this school holidays!


  • Wow it’s pretty easy to make kids would love it


  • Is this like play doh except its sand? I’ve looked at it a few times, but am not sure what it does exactly, so I haven’t picked it up


  • This sounds amazing, thanks so much.


  • A great idea that doesn’t cost alot!


  • What a great idea. Wish I’d known about this years ago


  • interesting. Might have to give this a whirl in the school holidays.


  • Clever, and so simple to make. Thanks for sharing.


  • Wow, I didn’t think it would be so easy to make.


  • Are these British or American cups?


  • My son loves this sand! Definitely going to make some with him to use over the holidays


  • colouring this sand is a cool idea! this is a fun idea for the kids. Very simple to make which is surprising


  • Is it safe? I have heard a lot of bad things about dogs eating the sand and having to have operations


  • OMG! So clever and cheap!


  • Who would have thought it would be this easy to make your own.
    Perhaps if we had a few drops of food colouring it will create coloured sand


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