DIY Kinetic Sand

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Only a few days left of holiday shopping, so I’ve got a super simple (and cheap!) DIY gift that you can mix up in a few minutes, and have it ready for play just a few hours later. Here’s the shopping list of materials you will need per batch:

  • 1 Cup of Fine Sand (can be found at craft stores in small amounts or some hardware stores in large bags)
  • 1.5 tbsp of Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Dishsoap
  • Water (amount will vary as you are looking to reach a touch consistency more then a certain water level)
  • Medium to Large bowl for mixing
  • Food coloring (optional)

First things first, make sure your hands and work space are clean to keep any foreign crumbs or debris won’t accidentally get mixed in. Then, using you bowl, mix together the sand and cornstarch with a whisk; making sure the two are well and thoroughly combined. Next, add the 1 tsp of dishsoap and some water (no more then 1/4c) and start mixing with the whisk again. This step will take some time as you are looking to evenly mix everything without adding too much water. You can always add more water if need be, so best to start small and add if needed. This is the consistency you are looking to achieve:

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It should be able to hold form, but not look soupy. This is a bit of a personal preference level as well. Speaking f personal preference, you can now add food coloring to the sand if you wish. About 1/2tsp to 1 tsp should be more then enough to get a nice vibrant color. Once your sand is the color you want, set the bowl aside to let it dry for 1-2 hours. When you come back, it will be like magic.

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Your sand should now be moldable and easy to cut and play with! Make sure to store it in an airtight container to keep it from drying out (as unlike the commercial product this has no special chemicals to keep it from happening) or to use as a container to give it as a gift! 😀


A Very Sensory Sunday

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Happy Sunday, readers! Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties I will have to postpone my tutorial for a pin cushion cuff until next week. I do hope that the following will keep you busy until then! Some of my teacher friends have been posting about the sensory bottles they’ve been making for their classrooms…and how they may just keep some for themselves. What is a sensory bottle? Usually it’s an old water bottle filled with water, baby oil, glitter, and anything else that catches the eye. The result is nothing short of a genius way to keep a child (or adult) busy for hours!

 

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere!

There are a number of tutorials out there with great ideas for different inclusions to create a myriad of shapes, colors, and textures.

It’s the soothing ocean in a bottle!

Adding interesting drop-in elements can turn any of these into an instant learning tool as well, such as a “Count the Stars” game, perfect for downtime just before bed.

Just in case the real stars aren’t visible, you can still wish on these.

Sensory bottles aren’t just for the kids, they are also wonderful for a midday meditation tool when at your desk. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed! Just make sure they are properly sealed.

See you next week when I promise to have that pincushion tutorial!

Stay crafty!

~Laura