It’s 5 parts sand, 3 parts cornstarch (you can substitute flour for the cornstarch), and 1 part oil.
Kinetic sand is regular sand that has been coated with silicone oil, said Rick Sachleben, a member of the American Chemical Society.
1 cup play sand or craft sand (use colored craft sand to make colorful kinetic sand!) 1/2 cup school glue. 2 teaspoons dish soap. 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
Moon Sand is a unique yet simple blend of sand, cornstarch and water. It packs up into awesome sandcastles, molds and shapes into hills and mountains. It stays moist during play and doesn’t harden like clay!
To make kinetic sand, start by adding 1 1/2 cups (355 mL) water to a large bowl. Then stir in 3 cups (680 g) cornstarch water, until there are no more lumps. You can also add a few teaspoons of glitter to make your sand shine, or a few teaspoons of powdered drink to change the color.
Traditional kinetic sand doesn’t really dry out because it uses a silicone coating that stays wet. Our homemade kinetic sand recipe is more like a homemade playdough or slime that can dry out over time. And you’ll want to keep everything in one place, safe from spills!
All you have to do is mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil (I used JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter because it smells like summer to me! ) If your “sand” is too wet, add more flour and if it’s too dry, add a little more oil.
Mad Mattr is the non-grain version of kinetic sand. It is completely smooth but still keeps its shape like kinetic sand. My family prefers kinetic sand, but some kids prefer this smoother texture.
The basic sand recipe for toddlers is 8 parts whole wheat flour to 1 part vegetable oil. We started with 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup vegetable oil, but you can adjust depending on how much you want. All you have to do is put the flour in a container and then pour in the oil. Let the kids help measure and pour!
What happens if Kinetic Sand gets wet? Don’t worry if Kinetic Sand gets wet, simply spread it out on a flat surface to dry and it will return to its original state.
Like the magic sand coating, poly(dimethylsiloxane) is hydrophobic, explains Carrado Gregar. But with kinetic sand, the main job of the thick, viscous coating is to help the sand stick together so it can be cut and shaped without leaving mess.
Kinetic sand will typically need to be replaced every year or two with frequent use. It can last for quite a while if properly cared for and stored in a reusable container where it will not be exposed to moisture or humidity.
Children often want to mix different colors of kinetic sand together. While this creates a unique look and is an enjoyable process, remember that blending is permanent. Once you’ve mixed the colors together, it’s impossible to separate them.
The recipe is simple: 8 cups flour & 1 cup oil (we used baby oil). Mix it really well until all the oil is incorporated into the flour. It will still look like flour (albeit full of tiny globs of oil), but it’s just as malleable as moon sand!