STREAM Activity: Kinetic Sand

What color kinetic sand will you make?

Activity best for children ages 4 and up

Kinetic sand is a fantastic sensory play activity that provides hours of entertainment at home. Today we will be making kinetic sand with three simple ingredients you can find at home!

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Vegetable oil


Measuring cups

Food coloring (optional)

Guiding Questions:

Why do you think we need to add cornstarch to our kinetic sand?

Can you tell the difference between kinetic sand and regular sand?


Step 1

Start by gathering your materials! You can use any type of sand, we used play sand.

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Step 2

Once you have gathered all your material you will start by adding 2 cups of sand and 1 cup of cornstarch into a tray and mix them. Onced you mix them you can add drops of food coloring if you would like to add color and continue mixing.

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Step 3

Once you are done mixing the sand and cornstarch you can add 1/2 cup of oil and mix until it’s ready.

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The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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Real World Connections

The Rainbow Fish teaches kids the importance of sharing, friendship, and giving.