Homemade sand makes such an easy sensory bin idea that kept my 3 year-old occupied for a good 30 minutes! This let me do the dishes without any interruption.
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I think a lot of other recipes usually use all-purpose flour for this, but I actually used whole wheat flour because we had it. And I ended up loving it because the color is exactly like sand!
You can use regular coconut oil from a jar and melt it in the microwave. I used fractionated coconut oil that is always in a liquid form. It is super convenient to use, and it is odorless as well.
It’s important to note that this coconut oil is NOT for cooking or consuming. It’s made for skincare, hair, or diluting essential oils.
All you need is 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup coconut oil. I used a large bowl and started out by mixing it with a spoon, and then I used my hands to mix it in more thoroughly. And there you have it: homemade sand!
I love that this mixture is moldable, but it also comes apart pretty easily. It’s very similar to the feel of damp sand.
Both my boys love everything vehicles, so I bought mini construction site vehicles, and they loved it!
But you can also make it a beach theme and bring in beach toys which would also be so much fun!
I made this and have left it sitting out in the sensory bin for about a week and my son played with it again–and it was still good. I just added a bit more coconut oil to the mixture because it was feeling a bit dry. But after the second time, I tossed it.
I feel like it could potentially last longer in a ziploc in the fridge, but haven’t personally tried that yet. Let me know if you know of making it last longer!
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