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Kinetic sand is fun for kids to play with and curiously satisfying for adults. You can make shapes out of them and slice them.
This DIY version is almost like the kinetic sand you can buy in stores.
It is moldable and sliceable and also make the kids happy.
Read on to find the easy DIY method to make your own kinetic sand.
How to Make Kinetic Sand
Gather The Ingredients
Making kinetic sand does not require a lot of ingredients.
What you need:
- 1 cup of play sand
- 3/4 cup of corn starch
- 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap
- 1 cup of school glue, the clear kind
- 1/2 cup of starch
- 3/4 cup of water
- optional: fine glitter
- optional: food coloring, may stain light clothing
Gather all of the things to start with the making process.
Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients
First, you’ll need to combine the play sand and the corn starch in a large bowl or bin. Add in the fine glitter, if you’d like.
You can use your hands to do the mixing or can use a stir stick to do the job. Make sure that you mix them well.
Step 2: Make the Wet Sand
Now, add the dish soap and a 1/4 cup of water. Optionally, you can add food coloring to make the kinetic sand a fun color.
Be warned that the food coloring will stain light-colored clothing. However, it is non-toxic and washes off skin and hands easily.
If you don’t want the stains, you can use colored play sand.
Once you are done mixing them together, you’ll get the consistency of a thick paste.
Check the consistency. If it’s too dry, add a bit of water and mix.
If it’s too wet, add 1/4 cup cornstarch and mix.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingredients
Next, you’ll need to get the wet ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. It’s almost like baking!
You will need liquid starch, which is starch stirred with some water.
Put in 1/2 a cup of water, the clear school glue, and stir. Add 1/2 a cup of liquid starch slowly, while you stir.
You will see the mixture start to thicken to a thick slime.
Step 4: Combine Sand Mixture And Wet Ingredients
Now, you are ready to mix them together.
Make a well in the middle of the sand mixture and pour in the slime.
You can knead with your hands to combine them together. Blend them well until they reach your desired consistency.
When the kids are done playing with the sand, simply store it in an airtight container. If it gets a bit dry, add some slime and a bit of water and knead it. So it’s a good idea to store any extra slime, too.
Your kids will love the results of the DIY kinetic sand. It’s moldable and sliceable just like the commercial stuff!
Although it’s not as stretchy as the stuff from the stores, making your own kinetic sand is a fun activity that the kids can join.