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Magic sand is awesome stuff! It's based on hydrophobic material. It's also one of the coolest science projects you can do as a kid. I mean come on. What kid doesn't love this stuff?

Magic sand can be bought at lots of places like hobby stores and craft stores, but its super easy to make at home and you can make large batches of it for a lot less! Plenty to share with your friends!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

Before you follow along with the rest of the steps, take a minute to watch the video on making magic sand. It provides insight and additional details on making this projects.

Once your'e done, head on over to step 2!

Step 2: Acquire the Items

To make your very own awesome magic sand you're going to need several items. Most of them your probably have laying around the house.

Items List

1. A flat pan or baking dish (even a pizza pan)
2. A sheet of aluminum foil
3. Some sand
4. A can of spray Scothgard Protector

Notes:

Beach sand works fine. However, I've found that hermit crab sand from your local pet store give superior results when making magic sand,.

Be sure to acquire Scotchgard protector. The cleaner product does not work. The cans look identical, one says cleaner, one says protector.

Step 3: Cover the Pan (Optional)

Either use a pan you don't ever plan to cook with again or use aluminum foil to cover it. You don't want to mix Scotchgard with your next meal. If you don't care about the pan and don't ever plan to cook on it again, the feel free to skip this step. This is not a joke. Scotchgard will not come off the pan.

Step 4: Spread and Coat the Sand

Spread the hermit crab or other sand out over the pan. Make as thin a layer as you possibly can. The thinner the better. Then spray a good amount of Scotchgard over the sand. You want to completely saturate the sand but do not allow any of the chemical to pool. Use just enough to get it nice and damn.

Now stop and wait 15 to 20 minutes for the protector to dry completely.

Step 5: Re-spread and Re-coat the Sand

Once the first coat is completely dry, use your fingers to stir up the sand. You're going to want to try to move every grain around. Lightly shaking or vibrating the pan also works well. Then smooth everything back out into a flat surface.

Coat the sand once again, exactly as in the previous step.

You'll probably want to repeat these last two steps three to four times (three to four total coats). If you find your magic sand isn't working well, you need more coats. With hermit crab sand three to four seems to be sufficient. With something like beach sand, you may need more.

Step 6: Test It!

Before you use your magic sand, its a good idea to test it. Do this by putting just a small portion of the batch you made into a spoon, and drizzling it with water. If the sand is getting wet, you need another coat or two. If it's staying dry and the water is repelling to the edges of the spoon, you're ready to go!

If you enjoyed this project, you'll probably like my other ones too! Check me out here on Instructables and at my website The Geek Pub. Also, be sure to check me out on YouTube at YouTube.com/c/TheGeekPub.

@kirk.taylor.9659 <br><br>To answer the question on chemical toxicity: <br><br>Permanent Link to this record is:<br>http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+7099
<p>This link references PERFLUOROOCTANESULFONIC ACID while scotchguard is made with Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid. theyare similar but one is a known carcinogen while the other is the less toxic replacement. </p>
<p>What can you do with it besides pour it in a glass of water?</p>
<p>You can make sculptures in said water. It's a good kids' toy.</p>
is there another thing or spray which works as scratch guard protector !!!
<p>Pretty cool! I'm going to do this the next time I have leftover Scotch Guard Protector!</p>
<p>Very cool project, but I have one question: what is the safety-with-toddlers factor of the Scotch Gard? I.e., my dil is uber-careful about what her kids handle, so without knowing the potential toxicity of SG, I'd be hesitant to let my grandsons play with the stuff. Maybe the stuff for sale in toy stores is just as chemically-laden, though, who knows?!</p>
<p>I wouldn't let any child who might put it in their mouth play with it.</p>
<p>Well, yeah, of course...but I'm thinking that even the tactile component of being exposed to that many chemicals might not be something that every parent today would appreciate. Whatever. It's a very cool project. Just maybe not for cautious types like me!</p>
<p>love the idea I will try it</p>
<p>Awesome! Show me some pictures of your results!!!</p>
<p>Looks cool! But.... you make a point of saying to use the protector NOT the cleaner but in the video (and your screen shot), the label clearly says &quot;Cleaner&quot;! Which is it?! </p>
<p>Protector. The can in my video is wrong. Cleaner with Scotchgard works, but not near as well.</p>
<p>I looked up the different cans on Amazon after reading your post and it seems as though the on shown is the &quot;Cleaner with Scotchgard protector&quot;. So now I am still wondering which one is supposed to be used. They do sell one that is just a protector, but NOT one that is a cleaner WITHOUT the protector. So confused now--hope he clarifies this.</p>
In step four you seem to have used the word damn instead of damp.
<p>This is so cool im going to shoe it to my cosins they will love it</p>
<p>Make sure it does not get into their shoes :)</p>
<p>i wrote this advertisement for a product that has yet to be made. If you guys like it, you might want to make it for anyone to use it. You may tell them they are welcome to glue the poem on their bottles if they wish. I wrote it in the 5th grade as my poem for the following day. As I read it in class the kids went crazy laughing. </p><p><strong>OOZIE GOOZIE HAIR OIL</strong></p><p><strong>BYREV MARVIN E PURSER, JR.</strong></p><p>THE BEST HAIR <br>DRESSING EVER MADE</p><p>TRY OOZIE GOOZIE HAIR <br>POMAE</p><p>COMES IN YELLOW, RED <br>OF BLACK</p><p>GUARANTEED TO PLEASE</p><p>OR YOUR MONEY BACK.</p><p>IT WILL SHINE YOUR <br>SHOES</p><p>OR POLISH YOURCAR</p><p>OR TAKE THE PAINT</p><p>OFF YOUR OLD GUITAR.</p><p>IT UNSTOPS SINKS</p><p>CLEANS KITCHEN FLOORS <br>TOO,</p><p>MAKES YOUR OLD FALSE <br>TEETH</p><p>LOOK JUST LIKE NEW.</p><p>SO, IF YOUR HAIR <br>STICKS UP,<br> <br>AND YOU DON&rsquo;T KNOW WHAT TO DO,</p><p>GO DOWN TO THE <br>DRUGSTORE</p><p>AND BUY SOME OOZIE <br>GOO!</p>
<p>A fun and simple 'ible.</p><p>What big kid doesn't love this stuff?</p>
in the fourth step first paragraph at the end I believe it should say &quot;damp&quot;
<p>LOL. &quot;Damn&quot; autocorrect! Good catch!</p>
<p>Damp autocorrect? ;)</p>
<p>THANKS FOR THE MAGIC SAND RECIPE! I HAVE TWO OF THE ORIGINAL MAGIC SANDS, ONE IN A BLUE AND ONE IN A RED PLASTIC VASE WITH THE NARROW POURING SPOUT. I DEMONSTRATED WITH ONE OF THESE WHILE TEACHING SCHOOL IN THE 80'S. THE OTHER ONE HAS THE ORIGINAL NEW TAG ATTACHED. NEITHER ARE FOR SALE, JUST A KEEPSAKE BUT NOW I CAN MAKE REFILLS, THANKS TO YOU! REV MARVIN E PURSER, JR. marvinpurser@gmail.com</p>
Wow, that looks like fun!
Cool stuff, have to try it for the kids.
<p>They'll love it!</p>
Can't wait to try this with my nephew!!
<p>Hey! Be sure to follow me on facebook and post some picture of yours! I LOVE it when people make my stuff and I love to see the pictures!</p>

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