Sandy Beach Play Dough Recipe

Beach Activities
Sandy Beach Play Dough is a wonderfully textured play dough that imitates beach sand.  It looks and feels like beach sand.  Children will have hours of fun moulding, printing and shaping the play dough into sand castles and other beach themed creatures.
What you will need?
1 Cup Plain Flour
1 tbsp Oil
1 Cup Warm Water
½ Cup Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
½ Cup bread crumbs
¼ Cup Sand (dry, clean sand)
Brown Paint or Food Colouring
How to make it?
  1. Pour all dry ingredients, flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.
  2. Add a small amount of brown colouring to warm water and stir until blended.
  3. Add coloured water and oil to dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk before heating to remove lumps and blend the ingredients well.
  5. Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob.
  6. Then turn out play dough onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth ball. Be careful the play dough will be very hot!  Use a little bit of flour if the play dough is sticky.
  7. Knead and roll the play dough in the sand and bread crumbs, only adding a small amount at a time.
  8. Any left-over sand and bread crumbs can be placed into a small bowl for children to add while playing with the Sandy Beach Play Dough.
  9. Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container.
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  1. Andrea Forlani says:

    Janice you rock!! Xx

  2. Welcome back, thank you for this new idea – I will try this when Kindy starts back for 2014.

  3. Debbie says:

    I am an Early Years Practioner – just returned to my profession after a three year break looking for fresh ideas. May I say your activities and ideas are amazing – I have put them in my planning and ready to try them out – can’t wait – the children have not yet experienced such activities in my setting – but they will now. Thank You :)

    • Thank you Debbie, your message made me smile. It is always nice to hear from our readers and I am so thrilled that the activities will be useful. Enjoy! :)

  4. Will it still work if I substitute more sand for the bread crumbs? We have mouse issues so I stay away from food products in sensory play for my toddler.

  5. Hi,
    Thanks for this great idea. Especially useful on wet days when sandpit is out of bounds . I work with a student one-on-one and these recipes will make the day heaps more enjoyable and fun!!
    Thanks again

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