Homemade Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand is so fun to make, and it saves so much money to make it at home! You can make it in any color you like, and all you need is sand, cornstarch and an oil.

toddler hands in golden kinetic sand in large bucket

Homemade Kinetic Sand

I started making homemade kinetic sand when we ran out of indoor activities and needed something new. My son had an ear infection so while it’s 115 here in Palm Springs, we couldn’t swim which is our main activity. This kinetic sand kept him busy for hours! He added all of his safari animals and pretended to make a zoo.

Kinetic Sand Ingredients

  • Sand: I purchased these little plastic jars of sand at Hobby Lobby that worked well. They come in a variety of colors and they’re only $2.99!
  • Cornstarch: This works as a binder and helps the texture of the sand crumbly but soft.
  • Oil: You can use any oil of choice. Vegetable, olive, mineral oil, etc. You could even use coconut oil.
ingredients for kinetic sand

How to Make Kinetic Sand

  • Find a container: I used a medium sized lidded container from Target. You can also get one on Amazon here.
  • Combine cornstarch and sand. Mix with a spoon (or toddler hands) until fully combined.
  • Add oil, and stir until a wet sandy texture is reached.
  • Play!
Benny playing with kinetic sand

Links to Buy Supplies for Kinetic Sand

toys in a kinetic sand box

Tips for Perfect Kinetic Sand

  • Simple cover with a lid for up to 3 months.
  • Add dishwashing soap instead of oil for a moon sand effect.
  • Bring it outside! My son loves anything to do outside. He put his feet in the sand and buried them

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Homemade Kinetic Sand

An easy recipe to make homemade kinetic sand for a fraction of the price!
Servings 1 tub


  • 2.5 cups sand
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup oil (canola, vegetable, coconut, etc)


  • In a lidded tub, combine cornstarch and sand. Mix until fully combined.
  • Add oil; stir until no longer lumpy or dry clumps are present.
  • Have fun and play! Store in a container with a lid for up to 3 months.
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