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Edible Homemade Sand for Sensory Play

We decided to try making our own edible sand sensory play with my toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age child. This homemade sand was so simple to make with just 2 ingredients. Plus this edible sand was so cheap, molded just like beach sand, and looks so pretty!  I just had to share this rainbow activity for toddlers with you!

We decided to try making our own edible sand sensory play with my toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age child. This homemade sand was so simple to make with just 2 ingredients. Plus this edible sand was so cheap, molded just like beach sand, and looks so pretty!  I just had to share this rainbow activity for toddlers with you! 

Homemade sand

This fun, colorful kids activity is fun to look at and play with! This homemade sand is a great sensory activity for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and grade 1 students. Use this edible sand to practice making letters or building a sandcastle at home! This spring activity for preschoolers is a must try! Kids will be super excited to play with this colorful and EDIBLE play recipe. This sensory play activity will provide hours of fun for toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age kids.

2 Ingredient Homemade Sand that is edible, moldable, and with vibrant colors

Edible sand

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.

Preschooler mixing homemade sand

Edible sand sensory play

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.

Homemade Sand has the texture of fine sand at a fraction of the cost!

Edible Play Sand

The cane sugar makes a fantastic texture for play. The small grains look like sand and the colors come out super vibrant.

Sensory Play with homemade sand

Play recipe

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.

Homemade sand is even beautiful when the colors mix.

Rainbow Activity for Toddlers

My daughter LOVED the beautiful colors.

 Beautiful sensory material for preschoolers

Spring Activity for Preschoolers

This is a wonderful sensory activity for a rainbow or colors unit in March or April with preschoolers. They will love the bright colors.

Homemade Sand holds it’s shape like regular sand!

Build sandcastles inside with homemade sand

Make Play 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.

Homemade Sand produces vibrant, bold colorsRainbow activity for preschoolers

It is such a fun sensory activity for kids!!

Tactile Letter Learning for Preschoolers with Homemade Sand

Spring Kindergarten

Homemade Sand also makes a great medium for practicing making and tracing letters and numbers for preschoolers.

Homemade Sand is simple to make, cheap, safe, and fun to play with.

Spring Activity for Toddlers

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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Rainbow Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun rainbow activity ideas? Check these out!

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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