Edible Play Sand for Toddlers with Cheerios for Sensory Play

Taste Safe Sand for Sensory Play

Edible Play Sand?  YES PLEASE!   

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I love edible taste-safe sensory play ideas.  And this one is no exception.  This edible play sand is SO EASY to make, it will blow your mind – without blowing your budget.  

You can literally make it under a few minutes.  I like to come up with ideas that can be done with very little supplies and mostly supplies we currently have on hand at home.  It saves us time and money! 

You can use this sand for sensory bins, sensory play trays and more!  
We share some activities you can do with this edible play sand at the end of this post.

What is a sensory bin?

Some of our readers have asked us “what’s a sensory bin”.   Let me explain.

It starts with a container that you would possibly have on hand.  You could use a plastic bin, a storage box,  a cardboard box, a large bowl, etc.  

A sensory bin is mainly made of sensory materials like rice, beans, water beads, sand, water, and so on.  You then add various elements like spoons, cups, little animals, etc. to create a fun play environment.   

I love sensory bins as they are very easy to put together with items you have on hand.  It can literally take me a few minutes to put it together.

What are the benefits of a sensory bin?

Sensory bins are a great way to help your child learn, while enjoying a sensory rich experience.  Sensory bins may stimulate a variety of senses: touch, sight, sounds, taste, and smell – all used to learn and explore. 

It can also be a very calming experience which is also known as self-regulating.  Most kids really enjoy and engage with sensory bins. It also encourages imaginary play! 

Inflatable Sensory Tray

I love this tray!  So versatile and comfortable for little hands & arms.   You can use it with water & sand.  The best part – when you’re down you deflate it and it takes very little room!

You can grab it at Zulily.
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What if my child avoids sensory play?

This can certainly happen with some children.  My daughter who is on the autism spectrum would resist many sensory experiences, such as play dough, slime, stretchy sand, foam soap – just to name a few!  

The key thing to remember is that we need to keep exposing them to the experiences they don’t enjoy so that we can desensitize them.  Now my daughter plays with play dough, can tolerate foam soap but still struggles with any giggly type of material like gelatine.

If you feel like your child avoids many sensory experiences, I would suggest contacting an Occupational Therapist to see if there could be any underlying issues that could be alleviated with some therapies.  We have done our fair share of therapy and it is amazing the progress our child has made!

Now let’s make this sand!!

How do you make edible sand for toddlers?

– Cereal (we used Cheerios)
You could also use crackers/biscuits/cookies
– A food processor (you can use any type of blender you have – even a magic bullet could work!)
– A bin (you can also use it in a play tray as well)

Step 1 – Grab some cereal!  Any cereal can do but keep in mind – the higher the sugar amount, the more sticky it will be!   Depending on the size of your bin – you may need a full box or more.  

NOTE – if you use this sand as part of a play tray, you will need a smaller amount. 

Step 2 – Grind the cereal until it’s very fine.  Here we used a small food processor/chopper.  You could also smash it in a baggy with a rolling pin.

This is the processor I used. 
I LOVE it so much!  

You can grab it here, at Walmart.

Step 3 – Once grinded, pour the edible sand in a clean bin for your child to play.  Add some toys they enjoy, some kitchen tools & accessories. 

I love to add some little containers as well as she loves to scoop and pour.

I would suggest throwing out the “sand” after it’s been played with, to avoid any type of germs or contamination.  I’d rather play safe myself and make a new batch whenever needed.

Activities you can make with Edible Sand:

1 – Tracing Tray

Use any type of tray you may have on hand (cookie sheet, pyrex, serving tray, etc) and spread some edible sand in the tray.  Using their finger, a brush, or any other tool – have your child trace letters, numbers, etc.

2 – Play Trays

Similar to a sensory bin, use a tray (think cookie sheet!) and add the sensory sand, some farm animals and some blue jello (to create a pond!).  Your child now has a sensory farm tray to enjoy! 

3 – iSpy Bottles or Bags

Grab an empty plastic bottle or ziploc bag, add the sand and some little items (we love to use letter beads and mini toys).  A fun game that can be played with over & over again!

Sensory Bottles


I love these sensory bottles from Michaels.  Easy to pour, easy to clean and can be reused over & over again. 

Perfect for sensory bottles, iSpy bottles and more.

Super affordable too. 
You can see them here.
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If you would like more ideas for sensory play activities for your child, please see our post here

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