With Halloween coming soon, what a spooky fun way to make Kinetic sand and add in some fun elements for your young one to find in the sand.  

What you need:  

  • White or colored play sand  
  • Corn Starch  
  • White or clear soap  
  • Water  
  • Tote or container to put it in  
  • Halloween manipulatives for making your sensory bin  
  • Primary Science® Jumbo Tweezers

Optional for alternate version of Kinetic Sand:  

  • Flour or baby powder  
  • Baby oil or vegetable oil  

Although its nontoxic, its not considered edible and neither is this kinetic sand recipe. 


You can make your own kinetic sand recipe right at home with simple ingredients you already have at home.  

  • 1 cup white sand 
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch 
  • 1 teaspoon clear or white hand soap 
  • 2 teaspoons water  

We don’t suggest adding food coloring to the sand, this can stain your hands or containers. If you want colored Kinetic sand, you will want to use colored sand.  

  1. Mix the sand and cornstarch together very well in the container you have to store it in, (to ensure that it does not dry out, use a container that has a tight lid/ strong seal)  
  1. In a separate container, mix the water and soap together 
  1. Add the soapy mix to the sand/cornstarch mix  
  1. Mix all together  
  1. Now, you can start adding more of the extra soapy water mix to the sand mix as needed. Mix it all together each time to ensure you are getting it all mixed and getting the correct consistency. The consistency that you like might differ from the suggested above, so feel free to add more water, little by little.  

(the correct consistency is damp, but not runny. It should also hold a shape for a few seconds.  

If you’ve added too much water, you can add more sand.  

Please note- If you want a more moldable sand, similar to what you would get at the beach, use this recipe:  

  • 4-5 cups white sand 
  • 3 cups flour or baby powder 
  • ¾ cup baby oil or vegetable oil  

Once you have made the sand, you can add in your Halloween toys! Here is a list of items I used that I had at home:  

  1. Learning Resources® counters, we used spiders, frogs and worms  
  1. Halloween spiders of varying sizes  
  1. Fake candy pieces- candy corn and pumpkins  
  1. Googly eyes  
  1. Halloween erasers (Ghost, bats, skeleton)