Although the instructions calls for 1 cup of sand, I usually make about 10 cups (about 3.6 kg) for a sensory bin


  • Makes 1 cup (about 362 g) colored sand 
  • 1 cup (about 362 g) play sand
  • Several drop of gel or regular food coloring
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Large, resealable plastic bag
  • Spoon
  • Baking sheet, for drying 
  • Parchment paper
  • Airtight container or resealable plastic bag, for storage


  • In a large, resealable plastic bag, pour the play sand and add several drops of food coloring. 
  • Spray the play sand with a little bit of water to help with color absorption. 
  • Seal the bag and shake and massage the play sand until the color is evenly distributed. 
  • Add more food coloring, as needed.
  • Line a baking sheet or plastic container with parchment paper. 
  • Spread out the colored sand on the parchment paper as thinly as you can, to help it dry faster. Allow it to dry overnight. As the sand dries, use a spoon carefully to separate the grains. 
  • Repeat for each color, drying each color separately on its own baking sheet.
  • As your little one plays with the colored sand, there may be some transfer of color onto their hands or clothing. Wear a smock or play clothing to help protect clothes Wash hands with soap and water to remove the color.
  • Store the colored sand in an airtight container.
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