Quicksand Play Dough

October 11, 2013
Yesterday we shared a simple recipe for play that requires only two ingredients and no cooking.
If you missed it be sure to check out our Wonder Dough Recipe for Play. Today, we are sharing a fun little spin on this recipe. We added one ingredient plus a touch of water to make another super fun play dough for kids.
Amazing quicksand play dough - it is mold-able but turns to liquid when kids hands are still.  This recipe for play requires just a couple ingredients and NO COOKING!

This quicksand play dough is just SO COOL!  It is a lot like our wonder dough only it changes consistencies even faster and has the added texture of sand.

Quicksand Play Dough Recipe
This play dough is so simple to make.  It requires no cooking and only takes a minute to mix up.
Method
  • Mix the corn starch and play sand in a bowl.  You can add more or less sand depending on how grainy you would like your play dough to be.  I used equal amounts.  
Quicksand play dough recipe
Quicksand play dough recipe
  • The ingredients will be be very sticky at first.  Keep mixing.  Once  you have a play dough consistency you will want to wash your hands to get off any excess ingredients.  Then finish kneading the dough with your hands
Quicksand play dough recipe
  • Add the tiniest amount of water to the dough as you knead.  I just wet my hands and kneaded the dough, and that was enough water.  If your dough is still not ooze-y enough add a smidgen more.
Quicksand play dough recipe
That's it!  You will then have amazing quicksand play dough!  It is mold-able and holds it's shape really well while kids are playing, but as soon as hands are still it turns to a liquid-like, OOZING dough.
Quicksand play dough recipe
If quicksand play dough is left to sit it will melt into a thin, doughy puddle.
Quicksand play dough recipe
Pick it up and start to play and you have a mold-able dough.

Amazing quicksand play dough - it is mold-able but turns to liquid when kids hands are still. This recipe for play requires just a couple ingredients and NO COOKING!
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SERIOUSLY SO COOL!  We first made this play dough in the Summer, and Rosie and Jewel loved it so much that we have made it several times since.  We have another FUN and magical dough to share this upcoming week, too!  Be sure to connect with us on Pinterest & Facebook so that you don't miss it!

A few tips:  You can buy play sand in large quantities at Home Depot or online here.  Corn starch can be found in the baking aisle of most stores or online here.  This is the yellow paint we use.

Other activities to try:
STICKY SAND: Mold it, build it, & CONTAIN IT! This sand acts wet, but it isn't! It sticks together well, but it does not stick to skin. My kids love this stuff, and I love the less-messy alternative to traditional play sand!

DIY Galaxy dough for kids- this stuff is so cool!
Amazing play dough recipes for kids
Amazing quicksand play dough - it is mold-able but turns to liquid when kids hands are still. This recipe for play requires just a couple ingredients and NO COOKING!

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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!