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How to Make Edible Sand

Simple crafts for kids using cereal is here. We will show you how to make edible sand with Cheerios or oat flour and more. All are so much for fun. An easy craft for toddlers and kids to keep them busy for hours. 

Simple crafts for kids using cereal that are so much for fun. An easy craft for toddlers and kids to keep them busy for hours.

If you have kids who are out of school for the summer you know you need to come up with some simple crafts for kids to keep them busy. With 3 kids in this house I am always trying to come up with inexpensive ways to entertain them. We came up with a few using our favorite breakfast cereal, Cheerios today. Special thanks goes out to Cheerios for sponsoring this post. (originally published 6/16)

Edible Sand

  • Easy is the name of the game when it comes to crafts for kids.

They would rather do it all on their own if at all possible and these two ideas provide that sense of autonomy. Of course it depends on their age. Toddlers may need a bit of assistance with the glue on this first craft where my daughter here who is 7 could do it all on her own.

The second craft using Cheerios could be done entirely on their own and it will keep them busy for hours I tell you!

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How to Make Edible Sand

First you are going to want to head over to Walmart and pick up whatever type(s) of Cheerios™ you want for these projects. We used Fruity for the first craft and Multi-Grain Cheerios™ for the second. You will need a bottle of glue, a gallon storage bag, a plastic tub, and a piece of paper.

Craft #1

  • Cereal Art – Older children can use the glue themselves and draw a simple picture. A heart, snowman, or tree are easy ones to draw and use with your Cheerios.

Toddlers may need you to draw the picture with the glue. I suggest drawing a small portion and then when they have put their cereal on continue with the rest of the picture so the glue doesn’t dry before they get to it.

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Edible Crafts for Kids

Give them a small bowl of Cheerios™ so it is easier for them to pick out the colors they want. If you are doing a tree the Chocolate and Fruity Cheerios™ selections would work best! This is a great art project for kids.

Craft #2

  • Edible Sand – What child doesn’t love to play in the sand??!! Well using Cheerios™ they can create “sand” that is actually edible. It’s really fun to play with!!
  • We used Multi-Grain Cheerios™ but colored sand using the Fruity variety would be fun too!
    • Just fill a gallon storage bag with your cereal, zip it tight (squeeze all the air out of it before zipping the bag), and let your child smash and squish away until the Cheerios™ are smashed into “dust” or “sand” consistency.

Then use an empty plastic container and a clean shovel + small animals and you have a fun sand box. This fun craft kept mine busy for hours one afternoon.

edible sand
edible sand

Every child loves crafts that they can eat after they’re done (or during it in this case), and the fact that they can create this simple craft / activity all on their own makes it that much more fun for them!

Here’s a quick rundown showing you just how easy these are to create together at home.

Edible Sand with Cereal

If you’re looking for another way to use your Cheerios™ you can make a necklace using a piece of string or yarn too….that is great fun for toddlers!

I hope these simple crafts for kids using your favorite cereal will make for a fun afternoon at your house too! 

Everything you need can be found at Walmart online or in the store so it’s easy to put together. Have a wonderfully creative day my friends. 😉

How to Make Edible Sand

Edible Sand with Cheerio

Here are some other simple crafts for kids:

  1. Make rainbow loom bracelets
  2. Mason jar luminaries are great for any holiday
  3. Take them on a nature scavenger hunt for some outdoor activities, then do nature crafts there too
  4. Make a memory book together
  5. Here are a few Mardi Gras crafts for kids
  6. Baking bread at home is a fun experiment and yummy too
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Edible Sand

How to make edible sand out of Cheerios or oat flour is here. An edible craft and play idea for toddlers.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cheerios, edible sand, oat flour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 257kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 container 9×13 or larger, shallow
  • 1 mixer


  • 3/4 c oat flour
  • 2 tbsp oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 3/4 tsp coconut extract vanilla or other extract scent of choice


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F first. Beat the softened butter and sugar on medium with your stand or hand held mixer until it is fluffy. Then add the extract and mix.
  • In a dish combine oat flour and salt, stir and then add in small amounts into the butter until all is added, mixed and is now a ball shape that can be formed.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper, lay ball on top, press another piece of wax or parchment on top and roll it flat. Then remove top piece and bake about 7 minutes.
  • Then remove pan, break into large pieces with knife or your hands if you cool it enough. Bake for another 7 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Move pieces to a freezer bag to smash, your large container to break into finer pieces to play with using a hammer. Then allow your child to play with the finer grains, smash with hands. When done store in freezer bag to stay moist and pliable.
  • ** For a no bake method just put Cheerios into blender and pulse until it is fine crumbs, pour into a shallow large container with a plastic shovel and toys to play with.
Nutrition Facts
Edible Sand
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 386mg17%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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