Squishy squashy sand for sensory fun

Make kinetic sand for messy fun that's easy to clean

Squishy squashy sand for sensory fun
by Natalie Keeler

Kinetic sand is a fun sensory activity for children aged 2+. Younger children will love squishing the sand, while older children can use it to build and create.

Hit play on the video below to see how kinetic sand works!


  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp washing up liquid
  • Food colouring
  • Water

How to make kinetic sand

1. Put the sand in a bowl and add the cornflour. Mix well. 

2. Add the washing up liquid and a splash of water. Stir to create a paste (add a little more water if needed).

3. Add a few drops of food colouring – you could even try making different batches of different colours. Keep adding and mixing until the sand changes colour. 

4. Leave the mixture to dry. If it’s too wet, add a bit more cornflour. 

Have fun playing!

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Learning guide

This sensory idea is perfect for little hands, and your child will love using their creative skills to mould, scoop and squeeze the sand into all sorts of interesting shapes. By helping you to measure and mix together the ingredients, they’ll be learning maths and science. Plus, the whole activity is a really fun, feel-good experience.