two hands mixing kinetic sand and two toys on kinetic sand

PBS KIDS for Parents Craft: DIY Kinetic Sand

October 20, 2021 Becky Marburger Leave a Comment

Looking for something fun to make with the children in your life? Make kinetic sand! It can be molded into different shapes, but will not dry out.

Comb through your cupboards to gather the household ingredients needed and follow the directions below to make this entertaining sensory craft!

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  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Help your child mix together two parts baking soda and one part baking powder, along with one part of dishwashing liquid, in a large bowl.
  2. Have your child stir the mixture with a spoon until a sandy/doughy substance forms. If the powder mixture seems too wet, add baking powder.
  3. Ask your child to knead the mixture together until it feels sandy and dough-like but not wet. Then, ask them if they think more baking powder is needed to make it fluffy. (It’s likely they will need to add more.) Ask them to describe the texture. Also, ask if it’s easy or hard to knead the mixture.
  4. They can continue to play with it, which will help develop their fine motor skills.
  5. When done, store the mixture in a sealed plastic container.

Source: PBS KIDS for Parents. “Create Kinetic Sand.” Found at:

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