Keep your kiddos entertained with fluffy moon sand!
If you don’t have access to real sand, this is a great, fluffy alternative that will last for multiple uses. Kids will enjoy squeezing it, packing it, and exploring the tactile texture this easy-to-make “sand” has to offer. Make multiple colors for a colorful sand box for the kids!
🥣 Easy to make: Kids will enjoy making this as much as they enjoy playing with it. Explore the ratios of flour to oil and color when making this - perhaps they enjoy a more oily moon sand or one that’s more floury.
🐠 Hide and Seek: Whether building sand castles or digging for treasure, kids are sure to enjoy playing with this moon sand. Add it to a sensory bin or leave it out on a mat for kids to build sandcastles with!
For this activity you will need:
2 cups flour
1 tsp oil based blue food coloring or blueberries
¼ cup melted coconut oil
Large mixing bowl
Cups and buckets
Assorted shells and fish
Symbolic thought and representation
Using objects to stand for other things
Measure out 2 cups of flour and pour into a bowl.
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and add a few drops of oil based blue food coloring to it. If you don’t have oil based food coloring mash up a handful of blueberries to make your sand blue!
Add the blue oil mixture to the flour and mix together.
Spread out your “moon sand” in a sensory bin and add in cups, bowls, spoons, plastic fish, seashells etc. for children to explore!
*TIP: Keep your moon sand away from direct sunlight as the oil will separate from the flour.
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have them measure and follow the instructions for the recipe above. This will help with their math skills!
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Use hand over hand technique to have them practice measuring and mixing the materials.
Does this moon sand feel like real sand? How is it different/the same?
Can you find the red/blue/green etc. shell in the moon sand?
What will happen if we mix two colors of moon sand together?
Can you build a tall sandcastle with the moon sand?
What shapes can you mold the moon sand into?