We’re like the Science Center sort of, a little bit

On one of our ninety million field trips of summer vacation that I am now too tired to attempt, we went to a nearby science center.

They had this great sand-like powder that was soft, yet moldable. My kids couldn’t get enough of this dreamy stuff.

I tried steering them away because what always happens ultimately did, and Sawyer was scooping the dreamy stuff out of its massive container instead of in, then the kind Science Center Lady said, “don’t worry it’s just flour and baby powder, we have tons of it.”

My first thought was this must be her first hour of work and my second thought was I am totally going to make this stuff at home and invite this woman over to supervise.

Somehow she couldn’t remember her phone number when I asked for it but I think we finally have the perfect formula for what I shall call Sensory Sand.

The kids had a blast and it was a great sensory activity for Ashlyn. She played with them for quite a while and then took off with her own stash.

How to make sensory sand

Sensory Sand

8 cups flour
1 cup baby oil

  1. Find a deep carton or plastic bin and fill it will 8 cups of flour for every one cup of baby oil.sensory sand steps
  2. Let the kids dig in and mix it together with their hands. (We tried mixing with spoons but it just doesn’t get the flour coated well enough.)kids mixing sand
  3. Realize that this is going to get messy and move it outside. sand outside
  4. Throw in a few cups, spoons and sand toys and they can play for hours.


I actually completely prepped and got dinner in the oven while they played although note to the reader with children like mine:

If Sensory Sand hits your kitchen window while you are peeling potatoes it’s best to just stop the whole activity right then and there and put in a movie rather than continuing to fix dinner thus having to hose off a flour-covered family later.

They did smell good though.

playing with sand


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  2. says

    Such a great idea! I haven’t heard about this special sand before, but it seems to be the perfect game for my little toddlers at home. thanks for the inspiration, I think I’m going to give this one a try at the weekend! Sensory Sand rules!

  3. Born27 says

    They engage as many of the five senses as possible, although touch and sight are often the most common. A beach sensory tub can give small children the beach experience without ever leaving home or the classroom.

  4. Kathleen says

    This sands looks like good to make a spa….I want to try it…Its a great idea thanks a lot for sharing..

    • says

      Next time I think I will use bins that are more shallow and maybe give each of them their own. Either way they all loved it and it’s hard to find something all of them like so it was definitely a winner.