This sand playdough recipe makes a super fun, squishy, and textured playdough that is perfect for beach and ocean themed playdough activities.
This sand play dough recipes doesn’t need to be cooked, so it is quick and easy to make, and something a little different than the usual play dough.
Adding the sand gives the dough an interesting texture. It’s gritty and squishy, and so much fun to play with.
It would be great for ocean, beach or mermaid themed playdough activities. But it’s also fun to play with all on it’s own.
Just add a few sea or beach themed items such as, shells, sea glass, or sea creatures, and your kids will be happily playing with this sand dough for hours.
How to Make Sand Playdough
You’ll need some beach sand, or play sand to make this sand dough. Avoid using ‘craft sand’ or kinetic sand, as the results will not be the same.
Because sand is different depending on where it comes from, we’ve listed a minimum amount in the recipe below, but you’ll probably need to add a little more as you mix the dough together to get it to right consistency.
Store the sand playdough in an airtight container or zip lock bag (squeeze out as much air as possible) and it should keep for a few weeks. If you find it is getting too dry add a tiny bit of water, if it is getting sticky add some more flour or sand.
Easy No-cook Sand Playdough Recipe.
This easy, no-cook, sand playdough recipe makes a super fun, squishy, and textured playdough.
- 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 cup sand
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3/4 cup hot water.
- Place the flour, sand, salt and cream of tartar into a large bowl and mix with a fork.
- Add the oil and water and mix well until the mixture forms a dough.
- Knead the dough, adding more sand if needed, until the mixture is soft and squishy, but not sticky.
This sand playdough will keep in an airtight container for 2-4 weeks.
Oceans Play Dough Mats and Accessories
Now that you have some squishy sand playdough you need these fun printable ocean playdough mats and accessories to go with it!
We used our sand playdough along with the ocean playdough mats and printable accessories. It was perfect for making sandcastles!
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I did this recipe and for some reason my dough molded in less than week?
Does this happen to you, should I try and refrigerate it?
I loved the feeling of it, thank you for your post!
Because this is a no-cook dough you don’t heat the dough which kills mold spores so the playdough can go moldy, sometimes it just depends on your situation. Adding sand to the playdough also adds in an extra possibility of mold spores, so you could try heating the sand in a low oven for an while before adding it to kill of any extra mold. You could also try adding a little extra salt, and making sure your playdough mixture is not too wet (add extra flour if needed).
Make sure you store it in a sealed, airtight container (a snap lock bag with all the air squeezed out is a good option), and that it is not overly wet when you store it. Storing in the fridge won’t stop some molds developing so I’d try the other options first. Hope that helps.