Moon sand is a very simple sensory play recipe you can whip up with kitchen pantry ingredients for same day play! You may also hear this colored moon sand called cloud dough which is how we first learned about it. What I love about this sensory play idea is that it’s non-toxic, taste-safe, and easy to make! It’s absolutely perfect for the littlest learners because of how kid-friendly it is! Mold it, pack it, squish it, and squeeze it for truly tactile sensory play. Check out the fun below!
MAKE YOUR OWN FUN OCEAN THEME MOON SAND!
COLORED CLOUD DOUGH
Just about all kids love playing with things that squish and feel silky smooth! This easy to make ocean theme moon sand fits the bill perfectly. Combine easy to gather ingredients and a really cool texture for all-day that’s non-toxic, taste-safe and kid-friendly! We have amazing sensory play recipes for every day of the week to try!
From taste-safe slime to sand foam, to moon sand, find everything you need to know about making cool textures kids can really dig their hands into! See how we used moon sand to learn about craters in the video below (fizzy moon rocks are fun sensory science too)!
COLORED MOON SAND RECIPE
Let’s get right to making your colored moon sand or cloud dough. Head to the kitchen, open the cupboards or pantry and be prepared to get a little messy. Your hands are the best mixing tools. A sheet or plastic shower curtain for indoor play doesn’t hurt either!
YOU WILL NEED:
2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Blue Candy Food Coloring
¼ cup Melted Coconut Oil
Assorted fish/seashells for play
- Small cups for filling and packing
MOON SAND VARIATIONS:
- Substitute coconut oil for cooking oil or baby oil (click here to see this cloud dough recipe with cooking oil)
- If you don’t have oil based food coloring, leaving the moon sand plain is fine. It will look like beach sand.
- Make it gluten-free with a gluten-free flour mix (see this here).
- Add a hint of scent with a few drops of vanilla or a bit of cinnamon spice. (See more moon sand variations here)
- Make it a moon sand science experiment with fizzy cloud dough.
HOW TO MAKE MOON SAND:
TIP 1: Make sure to use oil-based food coloring in this tutorial. The standard food coloring will not work because moon sand is oil based.
TIP 2: Moon Sand can also be colored using chalk and powdered tempera paint.
STEP 1: Melt ¼ melted coconut oil and mix with 1 tsp of blue candy food coloring in a large bowl. (Add more food coloring to achieve the desired color)
STEP 2: Add the flour to the oil and stir to combine.
STEP 3: Knead the moon sand with your hands to fully distribute the colored oil in the flour.
STEP 4: Place the colored moon sand in a large plastic storage bin.
STEP 5: Add in your seashells and fish!
TIME TO PLAY!
TIP 3: Do this activity outside where you don’t mind a mess or place a plastic sheet down underneath for easy cleanup.
THE TEXTURE OF COLORED MOON SAND
Moon sand or cloud dough is moldable and packable, so you can use small containers to make “sand castle”-like structures! You should be able to squeeze a clump of moon sand and have it remain in that form! Unlike oobleck that’s neither a solid or a liquid, moon sand is a true solid. It will retain the shape it’s in until you break it apart.
Add cookie cutters for even more fun ways to play. Here we explored geometric shapes through play with the cookie cutters.
MORE FUN SENSORY PLAY RECIPES
- Easy Sand Foam
- Oobleck in a Rainbow of Colors
- How To Dye Rice
- Homemade Slime
- Taste Safe Slime
- Cloud Dough
MAKE THIS EASY OCEAN THEME COLORED MOON SAND!
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