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. This looks like a great fun idea when the weather gets better

  2. Judith Martinez says

    I like this idea!! My kids love to dig but we’re in an apt. at the moment.

  3. Eleanora Eldert says

    This is such an easy activity to put together. Looks like it might make a mess though.

  4. 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.
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  5. 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!

  6. Sherry Compton says

    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.

  7. This is the neatest thing! I wish I had learned it when my kiddo was younger.
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  8. Mrs. Martinet says

    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.

  9. Wow! That is a brilliant idea!!! I am going to do it with my kids. Great sensory activity for the kids!

  10. Fantastic! I never would have though of this. Thanks for the tip.
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  11. 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!

  12. 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!
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  13. 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.
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  14. This is a great idea for indoor play in the winter!! I’m visiting today from Lovin’ the Weekend. Happy to share the post!
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  15. This is such a brilliant idea. It looks like it’s so much fun.
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  16. Ohhhh…fun. Never woulda thought of this!! Some fun for the kiddos…and Mommy! lol

  17. oh man…you are a much braver mommy than I! My 5 yr old might do wel…bu i can see her sister eating and painting with it. 🙂

    • 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.

  18. This is a great idea! I think my granddaughter and my 10yr old daughter will love this! My granddaughter does not have a yard so this will be fun.

  19. Grandboy would love this! Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning this so that I can easily find it when we are ready to try it.


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