Fun Friday: DIY Sandbox!

Make a sandbox using oil and flour!

Here is a great idea for little ones. Especially if you live in an apartment like me and don’t have a yard and/or a real sandbox. It’s great for indoor play during the winter, too!
All you need is all-purpose flour, vegetable (or corn, baby or canola) oil and a bin to store it in.
First, you will want to mix 4 cups flour with 1/2 cup oil. That is actually a two batches pictured above, mixed one batch at a time.


Once it is is all incorporated, put mixture in a shallow bin and have fun! Add toys and small containers and spoons for sand-play. This “sand” is the perfect texture for play. You can use containers to mold it, but it crumbles with light pressure–just like real sand. Just make sure to put a towel underneath to control messes! When done, store away until next time!

Make your Own Sandbox!

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  1. Wow, what a wonderful idea! I am so glad you shared this on Toddler Idea Tuesday! I highlighted and linked back to your post and have Pinned it. I am sure the kids will love to play with this.

  2. This is so great! I definitely want to try this sometime this winter! We get a little stir crazy and this could be a fun activity now that my toddler has finally stopped putting everything in her mouth!

  3. My grandkids would love this. What kid doesn’t love playing in the sand? The box would help keep it in, but I see sand everywhere. Especially if they try to put their toes in because isn’t that the best having your toes in the sand.

  4. I will use this on our next rainy day! Thanks for the images too; I’m one who need the picture in order to fully grasp the text.

  5. This is great because just last week, my hubby was talking about getting a sandbox for our little girl. We were concerned with our two Siberian Huskies digging in it (it would be in the backyard) Here is our solution (for the time being!) Thanks!

  6. I love this idea! I’m a preschool teacher and always looking for more tactile activities to do with the kids and I’m going to try this with them. Thanks!

  7. Oh wow, great idea! I love that it is made out of flour so if you have kids who love putting things in their mouth, there’s nothing to worry about.

    1. Oh believe me, my 3 year old knows how to make a mess. I only let her doing if I’m watching her closely. And if the baby eats it, it probably won’t hurt her, as it’s just flour and oil. Unless she is gluten intolerant.

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