How To Make Edible Kinetic Sand

Edible kinetic sand is the perfect messy play activity.

Messy plays spark a sense of curiosity, creativity and exploration from a young age but one thing that holds parents back is the cost involved in setting up messy play stations. Today, we're here to help because we're sharing how to make a safe edible kinetic sand with items you may already have in your cupboards, providing your tiny human with an exciting tactile sensory experience that you will both love.

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Messy play with activities such as homemade sand helps assist fine motor skills as they scoop, splat and squeeze the sand particles through their hands, building up the little muscles needed for learning skills like handwriting.

Not only that, messy play helps promote early literacy skills and supports language development while encouraging communication and speech as they use adjectives to describe what they are doing.

It also enhances eye coordination as they concentrate on the task in hand and most importantly, messy play supports your child's ability to play independently which can help improve self-esteem and confidence in later life.

How To Make Edible Kinetic Sand
Edible kinetic sand provides your tiny human with an exciting tactile sensory experience that you will both love.

Enough of the benefits, how do we make it?

The ingredients needed to make a simple and safe non-toxic edible kinetic include:

  • a large basin
  • 5 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil (or coconut oil melted)

Time needed: 10 minutes.

To make your edible kinetic sand you will need to:

  1. Add your ingredients.

    Add your flour and cocoa powder to the large basin.

  2. Mix.

    Mix the two together

  3. Add the oil.

    Slowly add in your oil of choice to the basin

  4. Mix until it becomes sand-like.

    Mix the powdery substance and oil together until you get the right kinetic sand consistency

  5. Get messy!

    Then add some toy animals, plastic cookie cutters or some handy scoopers and let them explore, play and get messy.

Once your creative creatures are finished playing, store the edible kinetic sand in a large lunchbox or a resealable ziplock back in a safe place for a future playdate.

Kellie Kearney

Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of five kids aged newborn right up to nine. She loves coffee, cloth nappies, travel and sharing her every day true to life family moments on Instagram.

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