You Will Need…

The recipe below uses a 1/2 cup measuring cup. So it’s 2 1/2 cups (5 scoops) of sand, 1 1/2 cups (3 scoops) of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup (1 scoop) of oil.

  • 1/2 cup measuring cup
  • Large glass casserole dish
  • 2 1/2 cups (5 scoops) of sand
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 scoops) of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (1 scoop) of oil.


Kinetic sand is basically sand that has other ingredients added to make it soft and crumbly like fine beach sand, but also able to hold its shape when squeezed in a mold.

This makes kinetic sand a lot of fun for kids to dig in like a sandbox, but they can also press it in their hands, cookie cutters, or other containers like candy molds.

There are several different types of kinetic sand you can make. Some use dish soap and water. Others are more of a sand slime. But my kids favorite kinetic sand recipe just uses colorful sand, cornstarch (or flour), and oil.


To make our kinetic sand recipe, just remember the ratio 5:3:1. That way, whether you have a measuring cup, or just a little container or scoop, you can get the ratio right.

It’s 5 parts sand, to 3 parts cornstarch (you can also sub flour for the cornstarch), and 1 part oil.

Here We Go!

Step One: Mix sand and cornstarch together completely.

Mixing the sand and the cornstarch.

Step Two: Add oil and mix well.

I don’t have a picture of this “messy step”. Our hands were too sticky to use the camera remote. Trust me though, this part of the process is the fun part!

Step Three : When there are no oily spots and no dry spots, the sand is ready for play time!

The finished product! Thanks “Kinetic Kennedy” for all the help!