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Sand Slime is Beachy Fun

Dive into the world of sand slime! Learn how to make this moldable magic that’s perfect for sensory play (and way cooler than beach sand).

Skills Required: None. You’re mixing ingredients in a container, and no crafting skills are required for this project.

sand slime

Remember the days of beach trips where the thrill of building sandcastles quickly devolved into a gritty war against rogue grains sneaking into every nook and cranny . . . and crack?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a certain nostalgic charm to summer sandcastles that resemble lopsided sand monsters thanks to overzealous little hands.

But what if I told you there was a way to capture the fun of molding and squishing sand, minus the mess and frustration? Today I’m going to show you how to make sand slime!

I’m taking the magic of slime and infusing it with the textural delight of beach sand. It’s the perfect solution for those days when the weather isn’t cooperating, or when you simply crave a mess-free sensory experience.

Imagine the look on your kid’s face (or maybe even your own?) as they dig their hands into this moldable magic that feels like the beach between their fingers, but without the sandcastle-construction stress.

The addition of sand introduces a whole new dimension of play, allowing for sculpting, molding, and creating unique sensory landscapes. It’s like having a miniaturized beach right at your fingertips, minus the pesky seagulls trying to steal your snacks.

sand and slime

So, ditch the beach towels and sunscreen for a minute (although, sunscreen is always a good idea!), and gather around the craft table.

It’s time to unleash your inner sandcastle architect with a sand slime recipe that’s easy, fun, and guaranteed to keep the little ones (and maybe even the not-so-little ones) entertained for hours. Scroll down and let’s get our slime on!

Tips for Making Slime

If you’ve never made slime before, here are some great tips you might be interested in. If you don’t need them, head on down to the recipe.

Measure Ingredients Precisely

The key to perfect slime is in the details. Measuring your ingredients as accurately as possible can make the difference between slime that’s just right and a recipe that’s too sticky or too brittle.

Add Mix Ins Slowly

If you’re adding color, glitter, or other fun elements, add them slowly and mix thoroughly to see the effect. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there.

slime and sand

Adjust Texture as Needed

If your slime is too sticky, add a little more activator (like borax solution, liquid starch, or saline solution). If it’s too stiff, add more glue or a bit of water. Do this gradually!

Use Supplies You Don’t Mind Getting Messy

Slime can get everywhere, and while it’s usually easy to clean up, it’s best to use tools (bowls and utensils) and surfaces you’re not worried about.

Use Your Hands

Once the slime begins to form, use your hands to knead it. This helps improve the texture and mix everything evenly. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy!

Storage is Key

Keep your slime in an airtight container when not in use. This will help it last longer and prevent it from drying out.

Safety First

Always use safe, non-toxic ingredients, and if you’re crafting with younger kids, make sure they’re supervised, especially with ingredients like borax.

sand slime recipe

Slime making is all about experimenting and having fun, so don’t be afraid to try new things and see what works best for you. Enjoy your crafting! Here’s what you’re going to need:

Gather These Supplies

  • 1 bottle clear Elmers school glue (5 oz.)
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 2 Tbsp play sand (decorative sand)

Tips and Thoughts for This Craft

Store your slime in an airtight container or baggie. If your slime gets stiff, you can try to add a little water – lotion – hand sanitizer – or even a bit more glue to soften and reactivate it.

beach sand slime

After playing with Borax slime, wash your hands. Get the recipe below:

Yield: 3/4 cup

Sand Slime

sand slime

Unleash squeezable fun! Discover the magic of sand slime - the moldable sensory play sensation that's even better than beach sand.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 1 bottle clear Elmers school glue (5 oz.)
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 2 Tbsp play sand (decorative sand)


  • Bowl
  • Stir stick or spoon


  1. Place 1 cup of water in a glass measuring cup with 1/2 tsp of borax. Microwave for 30-45 seconds and stir until borax is dissolved.Mixing Borax and water
  2. In a large bowl, add one bottle of clear glue.Adding clear glue to a glass bowl
  3. Add 1 Tbsp of borax water at a time and stir. Continue to add borax water 1 Tbsp at a time until the mixture is no longer sticky.adding borax until the mixture becomes less sticky
  4. Add sand and fold into the slime.mixing the sand into the clear slime mixture


Costs for this craft will vary - if you make a lot of slime like we do and buy the ingredients in bulk, it can cost pennies!

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I hope you enjoyed this fun activity! Please let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love it if you’d go check our other slime posts:

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