Kinetic Sand is the latest craze in sensory play for children. But with a price tag of approximately $35 for a tiny 2.5kg box, it is not a cheap toy. Thankfully a similar version can be made at home for only a tiny fraction of the cost. Nicole Lutze shows you how.


The real Kinetic Sand is made using dimethicone: a man-made silicone oil commonly found in cosmetics. The dimethicone is what gives the sand the ability to stick to itself, making it a much cleaner toy than regular sand.

Child playing with sand inside bucket

Photo Credit: Nicole Lutze

Our version uses cornflour, water and dishwashing liquid to create the goopy consistency that bonds the sand. It will not feel exactly the same as the real Kinetic Sand and it is not entirely mess free, so I’d still recommend keeping it off the carpets in your home.

Here’s how to do it:


What you'll need

10kg Extra Fine Play Sand (can be purchased from local hardware store)
3 Cups Cornflour
3 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon Dish Washing Liquid
Cap Full of Tea Tree Oil (offset any damp smells that may eventuate over time)
Plastic Tub with Lid (a shallow container makes for easier playtime access)

How to make it

Step 1
In a large mixing bowl add the water, dish liquid, tea tree oil and cornflour. Mix the ingredients together bit by bit so that you get a goopy consistency that almost feels solid when you touch it.
Step 2
Pour 10kg of sand into your plastic tub.
Step 3
Add your liquid mixture to the sand a bit at a time while mixing all of the ingredients together with your hands. If your mixture feels too wet, add more cornflour. If it’s too dry, add a dash more water.
Step 4
Throw in some small spades, plastic cups for making sand castles, and any other essentials like Diggers and Lego men - then let the kids at it and enjoy the peace and quiet while they are happily entertained.

What you'll need

10kg Extra Fine Play Sand (can be purchased from local hardware store)
3 Cups Cornflour
3 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon Dish Washing Liquid
Cap Full of Tea Tree Oil (offset any damp smells that may eventuate over time)
Plastic Tub with Lid (a shallow container makes for easier playtime access)

How to make it

Step 1 In a large mixing bowl add the water, dish liquid, tea tree oil and cornflour. Mix the ingredients together bit by bit so that you get a goopy consistency that almost feels solid when you touch it.
Step 2 Pour 10kg of sand into your plastic tub.
Step 3 Add your liquid mixture to the sand a bit at a time while mixing all of the ingredients together with your hands. If your mixture feels too wet, add more cornflour. If it’s too dry, add a dash more water.
Step 4 Throw in some small spades, plastic cups for making sand castles, and any other essentials like Diggers and Lego men - then let the kids at it and enjoy the peace and quiet while they are happily entertained.
Sand in play tub with bucket and spade

Photo Credit: Nicole Lutze