Sand and play dough are staples in childhood but combining the two is a real hit! The sand adds a different texture to the dough and gives that beachy feeling. It’s been the perfect play dough to go along with our Alphabet Island theme this month. Use it with seashells and gems or any of your play dough toys.
DIY Sand Play Dough
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup decorative sand
- Seashells and starfish
- Aquamarine gems
Add the water and oil to a large saucepan and stir to combine.
Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar and whisk until all of the ingredients are wet and the flour lumps have disappeared.
Keep stirring over medium heat until a stiff ball of dough forms and you can no longer stir the dough easily (3-4 minutes). It will look like a ball of pizza dough.
Immediately remove from the heat and place the warm playdough on the counter. Knead for 1-2 minutes or until soft and smooth. Flatten the kneaded playdough out on your workspace and sprinkle 1/4 cup of the craft sand on top. Knead the sand into the playdough and add another 1/4 cup of sand. Continue to work the sand into your playdough with your hands until it’s well mixed.
Sprinkle the remaining sand on top and press various shapes, sizes, and textures of seashells into the playdough. This is a great sensory activity!
Keep in an airtight plastic bag/container for up to 3 months.
Experiment with shell impressions in the sandy play dough.
More Beach Theme Ideas
- B is for Boat
- Alphabet Island Preschool Summer Theme
- Beach Day Cupcakes
- O is for Ocean Printable
- Rainbow Fish Story & Activities
- Handprint Crabs
- Ocean Commotion Jellyfish
- Ocean Sand Sensory Bin
- Ocean Scenes
- Jellyfish in a Bottle
- I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
- Jellyfish Preschool Craft
- Ocean Commotion Sea Stars
- Oyster Pearls Preschool Craft