How to Make Moon Sand

Create this fun moon sand with just a few ingredients from your pantry. This sand will last a while and is sturdy enough to build tall sand castles with!

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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!

Materials

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

Spoon

Cups and buckets

Assorted shells and fish

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognition

Skills

Symbolic thought and representation

Indicators:

Using objects to stand for other things

Instructions

Step 1:

Measure out 2 cups of flour and pour into a bowl.

Step 2:

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!

Step 3:

Add the blue oil mixture to the flour and mix together.

Step 4: 

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.

Playful Questions

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?