Mix up some squishy homemade sand play dough for beach pretend play! This play dough is so easy to make, and it keeps well in an airtight container for a couple of months. We store ours in a ziplock bag.

How to Make Squishy Sand Play Dough

One afternoon, I set out a basket of shells for the boys to use to make prints.

How to Make Sand Play Dough

And then another day, we did a beach scene with blue play dough, sand play dough, and Safari Toob animals.

How to Make Sand Play Dough

Great afternoon boredom buster!

How to Make Sand Play Dough

Here’s how to make sand play dough!

You will need:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Sand

I used this play dough recipe from The Imagination Tree, and once the play dough was cool, I kneaded in 1 cup of sand. I probably could have added more sand, but I wanted to make sure that it was still squishy and moldable.

Also check out our Sand Cloud Dough recipe for a loose moldable sand that won’t dry out! This stuff can be shaped with sand castle molds and it keeps forever.

Sand Cloud Dough

How to Make Squishy Sand Play Dough


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  1. Sarah Jun 14, 2017

    Curious what kind of sand you used?


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