Easy Homemade DIY Moon Sand Recipe
Let’s make our easy moon sand recipe with the kids! Did you know that you can make homemade moon sand using real sand easily? Our easy moon sand recipe makes moldable and colorful moon sand that the kids will love.
Moon Sand Kids Love
Basic moon sand can be made in just a few minutes with three simple ingredients that cost under $10. One bag of play sand can go a long way.
Related: How to make kinetic sand
You can make tubs of colorful moon sand to give as party gifts, or for hours of fun at home.
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How to make moon sand
We are going to combine play sand with cornstarch to make homemade moon sand. What is great about this mixture is that, unlike regular sand, it cakes together for molding but then crumbles back into sand. This is definitely one of our more messy learning activities, but it’s so much fun to play with!
Supplies Needed to Make Moon Sand Recipe
- 4 cups play sand
- 1 cup cornstarch*
- 1/2 cup cooking oil – we used canola oil
- Gel food dye (optional) – or you could try powdered paint
- Glitter (optional)
- Disposable gloves – if you are adding food dye
*If you don’t happen to have enough cornstarch on hand, you can use flour instead. You can also substitute baby oil or coconut oil instead of vegetable or canola oil.
Instructions for making moon sand
In a large tub, combine the play sand and cornstarch. Kids will love doing this messy step using their hands or a wooden spoon.
Moon sand craft tip: If you don’t use fine sand you’ll want to sift it especially if it has little pebbles in it. The sand needs to be as fine as possible.
As we know, you can’t mix oil with the food dye because the food dye beads inside the oil.
So, you will need to add the gel food dye directly to the sand mixture. You can add as much or as little as you like. Just remember that you can always add more, you can’t take it away though once it’s mixed in. Don’t forget to wear gloves for mixing or your hands are going to be very colorful. Add the oil a little at a time as you are mixing until everything is blended completely together.
Don’t worry, once the color is completely mixed in you will find that very little comes off on your hands when you are playing with the moon sand. Make sure you put your kids in old clothes or an art smock though just in case they rub their hands on their clothing.
It’s time to play with your moon sand. Mold it, shape it, add it to sand molds that you take to the beach, or use cookie cutters.
Our finished homemade moon sand
Our homemade moon sand is a favorite for sensory play or just any time FUN play! It is fun to see how you can make molds and form the moon sand in different ways. It has a delightful texture.
DIY Moon Sand
Colorful and moldable moon sand recipe for kids.
- 4 cups play sand
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup cooking oil - we used canola oil
- Gel food dye (optional) - or you could try powdered paint
- Glitter (optional)
- Disposable gloves - if you are adding food dye
- Combine the cornstarch and play sand in a large tub.
- Add the oil and food dye and blend until completely combined. You will need to wear disposable gloves for this step.
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Have you made your own moon sand? Did you add glitter or fun colors to it?
Looks like fun! We’ll have to try this!
This looks like lots of fun. The kids love that Moon Sand. How much water did it take?
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I really wasn’t paying attention but probably 4-5 cups. I added a “puddle” and the kids mixed it in, added another “puddle” and kept going till it was all barely damp. We had to add more water the next day to “reactivate” it – but only a cup or two the second time. Sorry. I should have measured the water ahead.
This looks great, we should give it a try this summer! Thanks for sharing.
This looks awesome! And its way less expensive than moon sand! thanks! Cant wait to try this out in the summer!
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LOL at “moldable mess”! Not sure if I will try this since our daughter hasn’t proven very responsible with the Moon Sand she had (read “I’m still trying to get the glitter from it out of my carpet months later”) but this is a great idea!
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Thanks for the recipe. We will have to give it a try!
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What do you think we could mix to add color?
I’ve been looking for a recipe for this stuff- I’ll have to try it out! Thanks so much!
This seems like lots of fun and a quite an interesting way of doing it
you have saved the day … I’ve been looking for something cool to make for my boy’s school science product … and what could be cooler than “real” moon sand 🙂
This is a very good way of bonding with your kids! You get to enjoy what you have cooked or baked, you get to enjoy each other’s companies also. 😀
Thanks for the recipe. My youngest boy loves the moon sand and it doesn’t last that long. This will be a great savings! We use the fine sand that comes with the sand art kit and we get the texture we are looking for as well as color in one.
I just have to try this out with my kids! Your warning about the sand being extra messy scares me though, but we ™ll see how it works out :). Seems like a lot of fun.
Thanks for the recipe!
Wow great receipt
will make moon sand to my children this weekend
they will love it 🙂
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