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.
- 2 cups of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- Large mixing bowl
- 1-2 pieces of colored chalk
- Large zip plastic bag
- Rolling pin
- Glitter (optional)
- Cinnamon, cocoa powder or vanilla extract (optional)
- Airtight storage container
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.
Crush Chalk for Color
Put the chalk into the zip plastic bag. Use the rolling pin to crumble the chalk, making a colored powder.
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.
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.