Babies love to explore and that includes using their mouths to taste just about everything which could even mean things like dirt and sand. I think that is why this one mom’s idea for edible sand is so genius and went viral on Tik Tok…
As Elle Anna Christine, a mom in Illinois, shared on TikTok, simply take some plain Cheerios and turn them into a fine consistency using a blender. Since Cheerios are beige colored, the crushed up cheerios even look like sand.
Inspired by her story, we thought it would be fun to try it ourselves and see if it actually works. <–spoiler alert: it did!
How to Make Edible Sand from Cheerios
This is such an easy sensory activity for babies, and one that will entertain them for hours. I wish I had thought of it when my kids were younger.
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- Box of Cheerios*
- Blender or Magic Bullet
- Flat deep baking sheet for play
*We found that the blending process really decreased the size of the Cheerios so the larger the box, the better if you want more than a handful or two of edible sand. Maybe a trip to Costco?
[Short] How to Make Edible Sand Video
Instructions for Making Cheerios Sand
Start by dumping Cheerios into the blender. If you are doing a large bulk amount, you will want to do it in batches.
Blend in blender until smooth.
Pour the edible Cheerio sand out into a deep baking dish for play. Glass may not be your best option, but it looked lovely for this picture.
You now have an edible sand box for baby…probably not large enough for sitting inside, but add those sand toys!
Tik Tok Edible Sand Video
Tada! Baby now has edible sand to play with. While that alone is genius, the mom also shared that she put the “sand” in a container, added in some beach toys, and voila, baby has a safe (and edible) sand pit to play with.
The baby got to explore the texture of the “sand,” and play with the toys, all while keeping busy. What a great way to entertain little ones!
Since the sand is actually Cheerios, parents don’t have to worry if the baby eats some of it too. As the video shows, the baby does try to eat some — along with trying out the toys too. After all, babies will be babies.
And what about when baby goes to the beach for the first time? Sure, they may try the “sand” — I know my kids did once upon a time — but they’ll learn rather quick that it’s not the same thing! In the meantime, they can play — and “eat” — as much Cheerio sand as they want.
As Elle also pointed out, “I live in Illinois so no sand around sadly.”
What the Internet Thought
First, this sand smells super weird. I never thought about the distinct smell that Cheerios has, but when you grind it up it gets magnified significantly.
Second, the finished edible sand is dusty especially at first. I would NOT give it to a baby right away and monitor the amount of dust that happens during play after it settles.
For more edible sensory activities, check out this edible play dough.
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Did you try making edible sand?