Mix up some 3 ingredient SAND SLIME! We’ll show you how to make it! This is a fun slime vacation for summer, although it’s fun anytime.

We love making slime, and we love Safari Toob animals. Recently we combined the two with a simple sand slime recipe. It’s perfect for playing with desert animal toys, sea shells, or just squishing with your fingers!

This sand slime just feels super cool! You can feel the sand in it for sure, but it’s not overly gritty. It still stretches like slime.

How to Make Sand Slime

I found some plastic scrapbooking boxes at Michael’s for $3.99, and I bought one for carrying toys along on outings. This box ended up being the perfect place to play with our slime because of its low sides. Easy to reach inside, but the mess is contained.

How to Make Sand Slime

Gresham pretended that the sand slime was quicksand. This snake is burying itself in the sand – all but its head!

How to Make Sand Slime

Here’s how to make sand slime.

You will need:

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Here in Texas, the play sand that you can find at Home Depot or Lowe’s is a far cry from sparkling white beach sand! I’m not sure if this is the case everywhere, but our play sand has a lot of large rocks in it. The larger rocks kept falling out of the first batch of sand slime that I made. If the boys ripped it apart, little rocks would go flying! So we made another batch, but we strained the sand first. This step was totally worth it.

Sand Slime The boys thought the straining was fun, and when we were done, we had a nice bucket of smooth sand.

Sand Slime

I poured all of the glue (10 oz.) into a bowl.

Then I stirred in some sand (I didn’t measure!) until it looked like this:

How to Make Sand Slime

Then I stirred in 1/2 cup of liquid starch, 1/4 cup at a time. Stir until well mixed, and then mix with your hands. If your slime is too sticky, add more starch a little at a time and mix well.

The finished slime should be stretchy and oozy, but should not stick to hands. If it does, knead in more starch.

How to Make Sand Slime

Store the slime in a ziplock bag. It should keep for several weeks! Ours is still going strong after two weeks. The sand does settle to the bottom when it’s stored, but it mixes evenly again when you knead it.

How long slime lasts seems to depend somewhat on the weather. Ours has lasted longer in the winter when the air is dry than it does when it’s humid.

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  1. Suzanne Jun 10, 2015

    Just made this Sand Slime and a "Surf Slime" batch (with loads of glitter & blue food coloring instead of sand) with my 4th Grader for her school's end-of-year Marketplace Day (where the kids make something or offer a service and sell their wares to their other classmates using "behavior bucks" as currency). She's sure it'll be a big hit at her "Summer Time" booth & I have to agree! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Joyce Dyck Apr 21, 2016

    How much sand did you use?

  3. Tracy May 10, 2017

    how much does each batch make?


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