Moon sand is one of our favorite sensory recipes! It’s a must-see list of easy to make sensory play activities. I bet you have most of the ingredients you already need at home! We could also call this space sand as we added a fun space theme to our play. Read on to find out how to make moon sand.
Homemade Moon Sand Recipe for Kids
WHAT IS MOON SAND?
Moon sand is an unique but simple mixture of sand, cornstarch, and water. It can be packed together for great sand castles, formed into mounds and mountains and molded. It stays moist while you play and doesn’t harden like clay!
MOON SAND VS KINETIC SAND
If you are wondering whether moon sand and kinetic sand are the same thing, no they are made from different ingredients. But both start with sand as the main ingredient and make for moldable, tactile fun.
CHECK OUT: Kinetic Sand Recipe
SENSORY PLAY WITH MOON SAND
For our space theme moon sand below I chose to use a package of black-colored sand instead of regular white play sand. If you are like me and have a reluctant mess maker, do the mixing yourself!
I have learned it is best to prepare the dough or sand beforehand and then let my son experiment with playing in it at his own pace. It is less intense that way and the messiness doesn’t turn him off before he even has a chance to play.
I even resist washing my hands during play now (less pictures were taken) to encourage him and model for him that it is okay to get your hands dirty. I had this ready for when he got home for school as an invitation to play and get messy.
MOON SAND RECIPE
- 3 1/2 cups of sand
- 1 3/4 cup of cornstarch (all I had)
- 3/4 cup of water
You may want to play with the ratios a bit and also using regular sandbox sand is just fine! Moon sand is so much fun to make at home. We also made another fun version with sand and oil here.
HOW TO MAKE MOON SAND
STEP 1. Add all the ingredients to a large container and mix well.
STEP 2. Add some cups, spoons etc to use for play or set up a fun space theme sensory bin like we did below.
SPACE THEME MOON SAND
I added some of his Imaginext space people, tinfoil “meteors” and glow in the dark stars. I also added some silver glitter to our container of homemade moon sand.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Glow In The Dark Slime
He, of course, rushed downstairs to get more spacemen. I guess one wasn’t enough!
He really loved the space theme and pretended the meteors were coming in to land and the stars were falling. He started out using the spoon I provided to help his play. I showed him he could pack little castles and enjoyed dumping them on the men and covering them, making a mound. All the men got “stuck” and needed rescuing before the next meteor hit! Then he got messy!
My favorite part is watching him start to test his boundaries and really squish into the moon sand mixture. Once this happens, I know he is coming to an end and will definitely be ready to wash his hands, but I am so glad that he takes the time to feel it even if it is just a couple of minutes! I let him explore the sensory play at his own pace and in whatever way he feels comfortable. Without pushing, he often gets around to getting himself quite a bit messy!
MORE FUN PLAY RECIPES TO TRY
Make DIY moon sand for space-themed sensory fun!
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