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How to Make DIY Moon Sand at home!

This recipe is simple, engaging & SO fun every time! Its soft, its squishy, its moldable, its alllll the things that are amazing about sensory play!!

Moon Sand:

We are big fans of moon sand over here. It’s soft. It’s squishy. It’s moldable. It’s build-able & scoop-able & you can add any trinkets you want to enhance your play!

Trucks & diggers…Dino’s…princess friends…gems…scoops & bowls…literally anything!!!

You can play with it inside on a rainy day or take it outdoors to enjoy the fresh air!


  • Flour

  • Vegetable or coconut oil

  • Liquid paint OR food coloring

  • Sensory tray or bowl

I like to make it in Ziploc Bags & then I reuse them to store the extra moon sand. I pour a little at a time into the sensory tray & refill as needed. They are a great option because you can also wash them out to reuse when you are done. If you would prefer, you can combine the mixture in a bowl!!

When we are creating a sensory recipe, we tend to make a big batch & store it so we have it on hand for another day! In each of these bags we poured in ONE cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil & 2-3 squirts of paint.

Seal the bag & use your hands to squish & smoosh all of the ingredients together. This is a great way for kiddos to help & a fabulous way to work on strengthening those finger & hand muscles!

Pour the moon sand into a bowl or sensory tray. You can add in scoops, bowls, mini shovels...anything you want! You can also just go in & explore with your hands which is equally as fun!

Storage tips:

This Moon Sand will last up to 3 months if stored in an air-tight container. If you find it is drying out & becoming too crumbly, add in a few more drops of oil & knead it back in.

Important Note:

This recipe is NOT taste safe. You get to decide what is safe & manageable in your home. If your kiddo is still exploring with their mouths, I would not recommend this recipe. See taste-safe version below!

Taste-Safe Version of Moon Sand:

There is a difference between taste safe and edible. This recipe is not meant for consumption but it is safe if your child is still exploring with their mouth’s & tries it.

In order for this to be taste safe, you must bake the flour in a sheet pan at 350° for 10-15 minutes. This kills any bacteria that may be found on the flour.

❄️❄️Our favorite hack: Pop this in the freezer for 30 minutes or so & it will be cold & chilly just like real snow!

Add in your favorite scoops, cups, or plastic figures & you have yourself a perfect wintery wonderland, full of all the amazing sensory play benefits!

Add a few squirts of food coloring and knead it in if you want to add some extra colorful fun!

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