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Kinetic Sand

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Kinetic Sand

Soft and mouldable sand for children.

Materials Needed:

  • 2.5 cups fine sand
  • 1 1/2 cups corn starch
  • 1/2 cups oil

What to do:

  • Mix sand and corn starch together completely.
  • Add oil and mix well
  • When there are no oily spots and no dry spots, the sand is ready for play.

Hints and Tips:

  • The ratio 5:3:1 - 5 parts sand, to 3 parts corn starch and 1 part oil.
  • Substitute flour for the corn starch
  • Use any variety of sand e.g. beach sand, play sand, craft sand.
  • If it doesn't stick, keep adding oil.
  • Keep in sealed containers.
  • Add food colouring if sand you are using is colourless.


  • Kinetic Sand Recipe, Eating Richly

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    relates what they are doing with others
    observed and imitates adults actions
    explores materials
    recognises similarities and differences
    can follow 2 or more directions
    pays attention to activities for longer periods of time

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play
  • Interest Areas: Sand and Water Area, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:


    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

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