September, 2018 No Comments Primary Science, STEAM / STEM


Never mind expensive toys and computer games; sand and a bucket and spade can keep children occupied all day. Why not set up a temporary sand pit in the garden or playground for younger children? Experimenting with wet and dry sand and a variety of implements is great exploration, but you can add other types of sand too.

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Kinetic sand can be brought but you can also make your own with the children. Shop brought kinetic sand is coated in silicone oil which allows it to stick together with a clay like quality, although it doesn’t stick to other surfaces. It can be molded but still has a pleasant silky feel to it. Allow the children to experiment with the ingredients (with supervision!) to achieve the perfect result. The powder paint will colour their hands but a bowl of soapy water on hand is all that’s needed!



4 cups of fine play sand

2 cups of cornflour

1 tbsp washing up liquid

Water, as needed (about 1/2 of a cup)

2 tbsp powder paint

Glitter (optional)

Mixing bowl

Mixing jug or cup

Spades and containers to mold and play


  1. Combine the sand and corn flour in a large bowl and mix well.

2. Mix the washing up liquid with a little water and stir until bubbly.

3. Bit by bit, pour the water into the sand mixture a little at a time and mix well. Add more water as needed to form a consistency like a crumbly pastry mix that holds together when formed into a ball. The mix should be damp but not wet.

4. Take some of the mix and stir through some powder paint, using your fingers as if making pastry. Add glitter for that extra sparkle!


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