It doesn’t matter whether it’s a gray rainy day, a children’s birthday party or a handicraft session with the family – there is hardly a child who doesn’t like magic sand. And the great thing is, you can even make it yourself very easily and with ingredients that you almost all have at home anyway. This is usually a lot of fun for the little ones. The kinetic sand sticks comfortably, but can be crumbled and shaped again and again. These recipes are sure to have the right one for you:
Make Kinetic Sand yourself with shaving foam
- 4 cups of fine sand
- 1 cup shaving cream
- a bowl
Mix the shaving foam with the sand and start kneading – until the mass is uniformly combined.
Make magic sand yourself with sand or bird sand
- 4 cups of fine sand (bird sand works best)
- 2 cups cornstarch
- 1 cup of water
- food coloring (optional)
- you will also need a bowl and a whisk
Step 1: Mix the sand with the cornstarch. If you use bird sand with coarser components, it is best to sieve it so that the coarse grains are not worked into the sand. Then stir the mass thoroughly with the whisk so that there are no lumps of starch in the mass later.
2nd step: Pour the water into the mass and knead (preferably with your hands) until the mass is no longer sticky and the water is well incorporated. Now you can color the sand with food coloring or acrylic paint.
Care tip: The sand will last for several months if you put it back in the fridge after playing.
Make kinetic sand yourself with oil
- 4 cups of sand
- 1/2 cup oil (baby oil works as well as sunflower oil or canola oil)
- a bowl
Mix the sand in a 1:8 ratio in the bowl. The sand can be spiced up with color or glitter as desired, but will only last a few weeks.
Make kinetic sand yourself with cornstarch and shower gel
- 3 cups of fine sand
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup of water
- 2 tbsp shower gel
- a snow broom
Step 1: Combine the sand and cornstarch and mix well, preferably with a whisk, to remove any lumps.
Step 2: Fill a cup halfway with water and stir two tablespoons of shower gel of your choice into the water. Preferably so that it does not foam, but that a soapy solution is created.
Step 3: Pour your shower gel mixture into the sand and work it in well. If the sand is too dry for you, add some water. If the sand is too wet or doesn’t come off easily, add some more sand and cornstarch.
Make magic sand yourself with glue
For glue-based Kinetic Sand you will need:
- 1 tsp glue without solvent or glue
- ¼ tsp liquid detergent of any kind
- fine sand
- a bowl
- Food coloring or glitter of your choice
1st step: First mix the glue and the detergent in a bowl, preferably with a wooden spatula, then knead until the mass is nice and sticky, and slimy.
2nd step: Now slowly add the sand to your glueball and gradually work it in by kneading. Depending on how firm you want the consistency to be, work two to three cups of sand into your adhesive mass.
Step 3: Now you can color the sand or add glitter.
Make kinetic sand yourself with flour
If you don’t have sand handy, we also have a guide to making flour-based kinetic sand here.
- 8 cups flour
- 1 cup oil
- food coloring
- a bowl and a sieve
For best results, finely sift the flour before adding it to the bowl to remove any lumps. Then add the oil and knead the sand vigorously. Finally, you can make the sand nice and colorful with food coloring.
Here are a few links to the original Kinetic Sand products.