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Sand Clay

So on Monday I posted about making Sand Foam, and promised to share the other recipes that we created with our sand experiments. This is Sand Clay, which is an awesome air or oven drying modelling clay that looks and feels like sand, and effectively preserves sand as ornaments for gorgeous beach-y, summery decorations or for small world play!
The recipe is very similar to our Homemade Modelling Clay. You will need: 
  • 2 cups of Sand
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of White Glue (add slowly until desired consistency is achieved)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of Cornstarch
  • A mixing bowl, spoon and space to play (this is messy!)
  • Shells, cookie cutters, any other modelling tools you wish to use 

Mix the sand and cornstarch together, then add the glue slowly, and mix together, until it starts to combine. You may find it goes to a breadcrumb like mixture, if this happens its fine, you just need to knead it together into a dough. If it feels too dry, add a little more glue, or even a splash of water if your sand was very dry. If it feels too sloppy, add a little more cornstarch. You should end up with some kind of clay or dough like material. 
Once you have your clay, you can do whatever you want with it. Its a nice alternative sensory playdough for simply playing with, or you can make stuff with it. 
We experimented with cookie cutters, playdough moulds and shells with some really nice results. 

It was fun to do something with the extensive collection of teeny tiny shells that Jake insists on bringing home from the beach every weekend! 
When you have your finished creations you can either leave them in a dry airy place overnight, or pop in a warm oven (100˚c) for 2-3 hours, or until hard throughout. This will depend on how thick you have made your ornaments. 
 Take out of the oven and leave to cool, and then you will have perfectly preserved sand decorations, that look just like, well... sand!
And you can use them as a pretty beach decorations for summer embellishments in your home, gifts (think footprints!), or props for small world and imaginary play. Lovely, and lots of creative fun! 
 Come and share in the comments if you make this, Id love to know how it works for you and what you made! Follow on facebook and pinterest too!


  1. I love it Kat. This recipe has me thinking of all the things we could make with it!

    1. i totally want to make sandcastles!

  2. I love this idea! I am adding this to our creative art pin board!

  3. This looks like such fun to play with... I think we need some new (clean) sand for our sand pit so we can make some!


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