Moon sand is one of our 12 favorite sensory play 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!
Homemade Moon Sand Recipe for Kids
May is Make Your Own Moon Sand!
Moon Sand Set Up
What is moon sand? It is a unique but simple mixture of sand, cornstarch, and water. It can be packed for great sandcastles, formed into mounds and mountains and molded. It stays moist while you play and doesn’t harden like clay! I chose to use a package of black-colored sand instead of regular play sand for our space sensory play! I used about 3 1/2 cups of sand, 1 3/4 cup of cornstarch (all I had) and about 3/4 cup of water. You may want to play with the ratios a bit and also using regular sandbox sand is just fine! So much fun to make at home!
Prepare to get a bit messy and mix well.
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 and let him experiment with playing in it. It is a bit less intense that way and 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! I had this ready for when he got home for school as an invitation to play and get messy!
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 rescueing 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!
Homemade moon sand makes for great fun with a space-themed sensory bin too!