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Easy to Make Kinetic Sand for encouraging Sensory Play

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Last week, I posted this picture of us making our own Kinetic Sand. If you don't have an idea yet of what Kinetic sand is, here is the WABA Fun website. Watch the video and you'll be amazed!

Ever since we started our Preschool Homeschool, I've been trying to find creative and fun ways to encourage learning through play with my kids. Sensory play is one of the many ways to have fun while learning, because children discover with their 5 senses (see, touch, smell, hear, taste). They also develop imagination and creativity during sensory play.

So anyway, Kinetic sand isn't available in the Philippines, so we have yet to get our hands on some. Being the Google buff that I am, I searched for DIY videos or articles on Kinetic Sand, and I found this...

I was so excited to make some with my little tots since the recipe is SOOO EASY

All you need are 3 simple household materials: 

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Dishwashing Liquid


The original recipe stated to use 2 parts baking soda, 1 part baking powder, and 1 part dishwashing liquid. But I guess our dishwashing liquid seemed too concentrated that our first try turned out to be a gooey mixture.

To fix this, we added another part of baking powder to even it out.

Stir it all together and then get your hands in and knead until the mixture feels sandy and dough-like, but not wet and squishy.

My 1 year old played for a little while, since she wasn't used to it yet, I guess she found it yucky, hehe. My 3 year old, loved it so much, it kept him preoccupied for a good 30 minutes or so.

He pretended to build sandcastles and snowmen.

The mixture isn't really as similar to the WABA Fun Kinetic Sand of course, but it was close enough in terms of it being easily mouldable but still as loose as beach sand.

Besides, it was FUN! and that's the most important thing :)

We stored our mixture in a plastic container so it doesn't dry out.

You can find the original post about this DIY project HERE.

Cheers to sensory play!
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  1. Thank you for the DIY! Will make this :)

  2. This is great :) I'll try it out and I hope my girls will play with it :))

  3. Thanks for sharing! Will try this activity with my daughter ; )


  4. This looks really fun. The closest thing to both real sand and snow. Great post mommy!

  5. Oooh, my son has been bugging us to buy this sand toy he found at a toy store. It's kinda expensive though. This looks like a great alternative!

  6. So that's how you make Kinetic Sand. My MIL bought craZ Sand for my daughter and it's really expensive.

  7. This is the first time I heard of kinetic sand. My son is fond of sand, too. I'll show your post to him and see if he's interested to create his own kinetic sand. Thanks! -- Maria Teresa Figuerres