We decided to try making our own edible sand for sensory play with my toddler and preschooler. It was so simple & cheap I just had to share it with you.
More Sensory Activities for Preschoolers
Kids will be super excited to play with this colorful and EDIBLE homemade sand recipe. This sensory play activity will provide hours of fun for toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age kids.
Just mix about 2 cups pure cane sugar (found next to regular sugar in the baking isle) and 10 drops liquid food coloring in a Ziploc bag.
Now shake up the bag to mix the colors.
HINT: Allow to dry completely once to ensure there is no chance of food coloring bleeding on your child’s hands.
The cane sugar makes a fantastic texture for play. The small grains look like sand and the colors come out super vibrant.
I love that this sand recipe uses things found in the kitchen, used in normal food preparation. Everything is edible, so if your toddler (or preschooler) decides to taste it, it’s okay.
My daughter LOVED the beautiful colors.
Homemade Sand holds it’s shape like regular sand!
Because of the slight moisture content from the liquid food coloring the homemade sand will hold it’s shape to build into sand castles! You can always add a teaspoon more of water if your sand isn’t “sticking” together.
It is such a fun sensory activity for kids!!
Learning Letters with Homemade Sand
Homemade Sand also makes a great medium for practicing making and tracing letters and numbers for preschoolers.
Even after your child plays with the homemade sand and mixes the colors, it is still beautiful. Check out the individual grains of sugar – still beautiful!
NOTE: This is not intended for your child just to sit there and consumer. The beauty of it being edible is that if your young child decides to taste it, you won’t have to worry about what chemicals they are ingesting.
Don’t throw out the sugar after you are done! Make your kids buttered toast sprinkled with this beautiful sugar. Yum!
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