Learn how to make DIY kinetic sand, a fun sensory craft, using household ingredients!


  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • dishwashing liquid
  • a mixing bowl and spoon



    1. Mix together 2 parts baking soda and 1 part baking powder along with 1 part of dishwashing liquid in a large bowl.

    2. Stir the mixture with a spoon until a sandy/doughy substance forms. Keep adding baking powder if the mixture seems too wet.

    3. Knead the mixture together until it feels sandy and dough-like but not wet. If you have to, add some more baking powder at this point too in order to make it fluffy.

    4. Store your mixture in a plastic container after you finish playing with it!

Caroline Gravino, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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