Moon Sand (also known as moon dough or cloud dough) works for creating sand castles that won't collapse -- or just about anything else you and your child can imagine. Best of all, it's easy to make, using only a few easily obtained ingredients. You and your child can make the moon sand together, and just a few minutes of stirring will supply your household with plenty of sensory play.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups of cornstarch
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- Large mixing bowl
- 1-2 pieces of colored chalk
- Large zip plastic bag
- Glitter (optional)
Cinnamon, cocoa powder or vanilla extract (optional)
- Airtight storage container
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Step 1: Mix the Base
Put the cornstarch into the bowl. Add a little oil at a time, mixing as you go. It will take a bit of work to get it mixed in evenly.
It should feel slightly oily on your fingers but not greasy. Continue mixing until you are able to form a ball in your hands.
If you want your moon sand to feel more sandy, substitute one cup of play sand for one cup of corn starch. Use store-bought, chemical-free play sand and not sand from the beach, which contains dirt and bacteria.
Step 2: Crush Chalk for Color
Put the chalk into the zip plastic bag. Use the rolling pin to crumble the chalk, making a colored powder.
Step 3: Add Coloring
Mix the powder into the moon sand, crumbling it into the mixture.
You can also use about a tablespoon of powdered paint to color the moon sand, or you can try using coloring the oil with food coloring, though the color may not last.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Sprinkle in some glitter and a bit of cinnamon or vanilla extract to make your moon sand extra fancy.
Store your moon sand in an airtight container, and it will keep for months. Mix in a tablespoon or two of water to revive it if it starts feeling a little dry.
Using chalk makes this moon sand inedible. If your moon sand is for very small children, use food coloring to color it, and avoid using glitter.