Sensory Summer Activity: DIY Beach Sand

Here is an homemade beach sand recipe for a fun, sensory, fine motor and nature play perfect for the summer.

To make this beach sand you will need

  • 1 cup Play Sand
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of Boiling water ( add in small increments)

Use the above measurements as a base and adjust to your own preferences.

Add the sand, flour, oil and cream of tartar and mix them all well in a large bowl.

Once mixed, add the boiling water and started kneading the mixture. Soon you will get a play dough like material with a gritty texture.

That’s it! You have your own beach sand dough for little hands to explore and enjoy.


The recipe is super simple that your kids can help knead (watch for that hot water though).

Kids could also find things from around the house to use to make sand sculptures with.


Sensory activities that include a play-dough like substance like this is also great for developing fine motor skills.


Adapted from Kids Play Box

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