We usually do a family vacation in the summer, but the funds were just not there for it this year. Boo.
So we had to find a way to bring the beach to us. And that’s how we ended up making this DIY beach play sand!
Our kids are huge sensory seekers, so this soft and moldable play sand was a wonderful sensory experience for them.
I will say that it can be rather…messy, so take my advice and lay a few towels down before you get started.
After that, it’s a snap to make and they’ll play with it for hours!
If your kids love this, try our fun Coffee Filter Beach Ball Craft or read some sandy stories with our list of Beach Books for Kids!
DIY Beach Play Sand Recipe
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- Whole wheat flour
- Baby oil
- Silicone baking molds
- Large container for holding the “sand” (We just used our roasting pan.)
We started off by reading the classic book Curious George Goes to the Beach.
In the story, George explores the water, builds sandcastles, and (of course) makes a mess by being curious.
C/O: Tim Jenkinson
C/O: Jeroen Kransen
Naturally, the kids wanted to play around with some sand of their own.
To make our own “sand”, we used a classic play sand recipe featuring one part baby oil to eight parts flour.
I decided to use whole wheat flour, since it looked more like authentic sand than white flour.
I had to work the baby oil in with my hands to get it to distribute evenly. It was actually quite therapeutic.
Then we dropped in some silicone baking cups and a few bento molds and the kids got to work!
I just stuck our “sand” in a roasting pan, but you could easily make this on the driveway or in a sandbox.
See how well it sticks together?
It works beautifully with baking molds, but if you have buckets or sandcastle molds, this would be fun to use with those as well.
The kids absolutely loved it! And it literally took five minutes. Beach fun without sand in your shorts!
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