Sensory Play: Edible Sand

A couple weeks ago we took G to the lake and he had so much fun playing in the sand, but he was also shoveling it into his mouth by the fist full. I wanted him to get to keep playing in it but was tired of having to wash his mouth every .2 seconds. So this week I created a little faux sandbox at home with ingredients from them kitchen for some edible sand!


This “sand” is edible.

But it’s not full of salt or sugar to where the baby would want to keep eating it.

There is no blender required.

It has a great texture for little fingers.

It holds shape well so you can make mini “castles” out of measuring cups.

And I bet you even have both of these

ingredients in your pantry right now!


2 Ingredient Edible Sand
All you need is:

4 cups flour (I used whole wheat to give it more of a “sandy” look but you can use any flour)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Get your hands in there and mix mix mix it up.

That’s literally all you have to do. Is that simple or what?!

I put our sand into these large tubs with some measuring cups and toy trucks. This is great for their fine motor skills as they learn to scoop up the sand and pour it into a bucket or truck. G played with this for almost 30 min straight the last couple of days.



Have you made edible “sand” before? What did you use?



  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ve been looking for some fun activities like this for baby girl. Excited to try it this weekend!

    1. Awesome! Tag me in your post and let me know how it goes!

  2. Finally gave this a try! My 18 mo old and his cousin love it. We’re hoping it keeps for a few days while my sister is here. We poured it into the water table and played in the garage!

    1. Oh yaay! I’m so glad yall finally got to try it and had fun!

  3. How long will it last ? Like can we use it more than once ? Thanks

    1. We keep it in a large Tupperware with a lid when we’re not using it and it usually lasts us a couple weeks before our dogs inevitably eat it. haha

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