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DIY Sand Play Dough

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.Sandy Play Dough

sandy play dough with shells

DIY Sand Play Dough


DIY Sand Play Dough ingredients


Add the water and oil to a large saucepan and stir to combine. mixing DIY Sand Play Dough ingredients

Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar and whisk until all of the ingredients are wet and the flour lumps have disappeared.

DIY Sand Play Dough whisk until smooth

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.DIY Sand Play 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.

DIY Sand Play Dough

Sprinkle the remaining sand on top and press various shapes, sizes, and textures of seashells into the playdough.  This is a great sensory activity!

DIY Sand Play Dough

Keep in an airtight plastic bag/container for up to 3 months.

DIY Sand Play Dough with shells

Experiment with shell impressions in the sandy play dough.

DIY Sand Play Dough impressions

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