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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!