Sidewalk Sand Play Recipe


We bought a 25 pound bag of play sand from Home Depot for only $5 and have found so many fun ways to play with it this Summer.  Some of our favorites have been painting with puffy sand paint, playing with MAGIC sand, exploring with super stretchy sand slime, and the quicksand we made for some SUPER sensory play.  Today we found another FUN way to play with our sand.


Sidewalk Sand Play Recipe

Sidewalk sand play recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose

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Sidewalk sand combines two of our favorite ways to play in the Summer- sidewalk chalk and sand!


Sidewalk Sand Play Recipe
  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Play sand
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Buckets and shovels
You really don't need to measure exact ingredients when mixing up play recipes like this one.  Part of the fun is in concocting the ingredients until you reach a consistency that you love.  Sidewalk play sand is essentially yellow sidewalk chalk paint with the added element of sand.  To make ours we mixed corn starch and sand in a large sand bucket.  You can add more or less sand to your recipe depending on how grainy you would like your sand.  Ours was roughly 60% corn starch and 40% play sand

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After you mix the two dry ingredients add a few drops of yellow food coloring, and then slowly add water until you have the desired consistency.  Add more water for a runnier sand and less water for a more GOOP- like sand.

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Once our sand was mixed I gave the girls a few buckets, shovels, and other sand toys.   They had a blast playing with their oozing sidewalk sand!

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They loved scooping and filling


They loved pouring and dumping

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They loved making sand creations on the sidewalk

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They had a blast!

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When play time was over all the mess easily washed away with a hose!

Out of all of the ways we have played with sidewalk chalk this Summer, this was definitely a favorite!

Sidewalk Sand Play Recipe

Sidewalk Sand Play Recipe from Growing a Jeweled RoseSidewalk Sand Play Recipe- easy to make and so fun for kids!  All the mess washes easily away after play, too!

Click the photos below for more fun ways to PLAY

Kid Made Puffy Sand Paint- making the paint is so fun for kids and it is great for sensory play and art activities.   Make Chalk Bombs (chalk filled eggs for Sidewalk egg crack painting)   

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