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Kinetic Sand Tutorial and Construction Site Sensory Bin

Kinetic sand is wonderful! It is soft and pliable, holds it’s shape and doesn’t sprinkle all over the place. I like using it for sensory bins because it is not as messy and can be used for indoor play. Unfortunately kinetic sand costs a fortune if you buy it at the store or online. But you can easily make it yourself for a few cents. I will show you how to set up this construction site sensory bin with self made kinetic sand.

Materials for Kinetic Sand

  • plastic container with lid, aluminum pan or high rimmed baking sheet
  • 10 cups of sand
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons dishsoap

Sprinkle cornstarch over the sand, then add dish soap and water. Mix everything well until a mass forms. The sand should be holding it’s shape when formed and not be crumbly.

Add more sand and cornstarch if it turns out too wet. If it is too dry add a bit more water.

You can add a few drops of food coloring to the sand if you prefer a different color. Since this is going to be a construction site, I left it natural.

We keep our kinetic sand in a plastic container with a lid. This keeps the sand moist for a couple weeks.

Setting up the Play Scape

You will need small construction vehicles for your sensory bin. We have this miniature construction vehicle playset from Target. It is $9.99 and my son has played hours and hours with it. You do not need to have this set for the sensory bin, but if you are looking for a small playset for little boys that fits in your purse, you should check it out.

I added small pebbles, road pieces, and signs. You could add twigs, trees, little play figures, or whatever else you can think of. My kids added a small bowl with water to be a lake and dinosaurs that ended up destroying the construction site and taking over. The possibilities are endless.

Even though kinetic sand is sticky and less messy as playground sand, make sure to put your sensory bin on a plastic tablecloth or thick towel. This will make it easier to clean up bits and pieces that escape the bin.

Let your kids explore and play. Build roads and hills, transport pebbles and make a landscape. Have fun!

You might also like an Arctic Sensory Bin for some cool fun on a hot day.

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