This moldable play sand recipe is the second kinetic sand recipe we tried and it turned out really well! It has a wonderful texture AND it doesn’t stick to your hands. (Which was awesome for everyone!) It’s completely moldable, and it seems like it’s wet, but it’s not! And the best part is that when you’re all done with it, you can put the lid back on the container and it will keep for months!
We tried three recipes for play sand which you can check out and compare here:
1. Shaving Cream Sand Foam using Shaving Cream and Sand – Make this one if you want a cool sensory foamy experience, but not necessarily the most squishiest, moldable sand.
2. Moldable Play Sand using Flour and Oil – Make this one if you want soft, moldable sand that you can play with over and over again without needing to add more liquid.
3. Kinetic Sand using Corn Starch and Dishsoap – Make this one if you want play sand with a texture closest to the kinetic sand in stores, but you don’t mind adding water after it dries out.
We bought a 44 lbs bag of play sand at Home Depot for about $5. It’s A LOT of sand. I’m not sure what we’ll do with it all, but I’m sure I’ll find something. It worked perfectly for all of the kinetic sand recipes we’ve been trying!
I was a little skeptical about adding flour and oil to the sand. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the combination, but to tell you the truth, it worked out really well! This play sand had a fantastic texture, was completely moldable, and it didn’t really stick to the skin. Other than my girls dropping bits and pieces on the floor (I don’t particularly recommend playing with this in a carpeted room!), it was pretty clean, and much easier to get off the skin than the shaving cream foam sand we made.
It’s really easy to make! Combine 5 cups of play sand, 3 cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of vegetable oil in a large container. That’s it! (The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post).
You can mix the flour and sand together first if you want, but it really didn’t make a difference.
It ended up with a few flour clumps after we added the oil, but I was able to stir them out pretty easily.
I actually really enjoyed the texture of this sand. It was much smoother than the shaving cream sand foam we made, probably because of the flour that was added? And it definitely has fewer chemicals and waaaaaaay less of a perfume smell. You can read all about that here.
It was easy to mold it into little castles that held their shape. If it seems dry to you, just add more oil. Ours was a little bit crumbly, so I think next time I’ll increase the amount of oil to get it more doughy.
Out of all of the recipes we tried, my kids played with this one for the longest amount of time. I think because it has a great texture without being extremely messy. They are okay with getting their hands dirty, but it’s not much fun when you can’t move around anywhere else in the kitchen because you have caked on sand all over your hands. All they had to do was brush their hands together a few times and this stuff came right off with no mess.
I also love that it won’t dry out! When you’re done playing with it, put the lid on and store it for another time. It should last for months and because it doesn’t have any water in it. Just take the lid off and you’ll be ready to go again. The last recipe I tried (which I’ll post about tomorrow) used water instead of oil so it dried out after a few hours.
Moldable Play Sand Recipe
- 5 cups of play sand
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large plastic bin (preferably with a lid).
- Mix together until all of the lumps disappear.
- If it doesn't feel moldable, add more oil, 1/4 cup at a time.
- When you are done playing with it, store until next time. It won't dry out!
This moldable play sand recipe has just three ingredients! It has a great texture and it doesn’t stick to your hands, so it’s really easy to clean up! The kids had tons of fun molding it into shapes, squeezing it and stirring it around in the container. It’s really easy to make and will store in a covered container for months!