Here is a quick, simple recipe to make play sand. Grab some semolina flour from your pantry and mix in some cooking oil to make it a consistency of wet sand. That's it! Stick your hands in and start building sand castles. Just use kitchen utensils to play with your sand and to build castles. Measuring cups worked great to make three tiered cakes. I would have photographed a cake, but each time we made one the toddler "cut" it all up before we could get a picture. Oh well, fine by me it entertained the toddler for quite some time. I do suggest playing with it outdoors or put a sheet down before you start.