Moon Sand Sensory Play Activity

May 19, 2016

Moon SandMoon sand is such a simple thing to make and when we use it, it is normally enjoyed for hours. There are several recipes all over the internet using vegetable oil, hair conditioner corn starch and various other things that can all normally be found in your household supplies. We’ve tried various recipes but normally use roughly 8 cups of flour to one cup of  either baby oil or vegetable oil. Baby oil smells lovely but vegetable oil is better if your children are still in the ‘I’m gunna put everything in my mouth’ stage. If they are passed all that and you want to make it even more exciting, add glitter or powder paints or even coloured sand.

Making the moon sand is very easy. Just add all of your ingredients to a bowl and combine.  You are looking for it to clump together if you compact it but to be able to crumble it too, just like normal sand when damp but much softer. Dexter loves mixing so let him do this part while I gathered up all of his play kitchen utensils and lay them out in the tuff spot for him to use.

We added a few colours of glitter to make it sparkly and further into our play we added coloured sand too. I had Paisley on my lap while I was playing with Dexter so I decided to let her have a play in it. Moon sand is so soft, its a lovely sensory activity for first textures. I stripped her bottom half down to her nappy and sat her in the edge of the tray with her feet in the sand. She enjoyed kicking it about and was happy to be sat so close to her brother playing with him.

After a while, Dexter got a bit bored of playing with the utensils and decided to bring some of his diggers into the tray. I put Paisley back in her chair, close to us while we scooped and shovelled the sand around. We played in the tray for most of the day, only stopping for lunch and then packing it away to get dinner ready.
The great thing about this is that it can be stored in a sealed container and reused time and time again. If you are using a tuff spot tray too it can be swept up with a dustpan and brush and just poured into a tub or bag ready for next time.

At some point in the coming week, I’m going to set the tray out again and make it into a scene with some small trees and figures and maybe some stones and things too so that he can make a small world adventure.

What things have you done with moon sand? How do you make yours? I’d love to hear in the comments or even see pictures on facebook and twitter


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  • Reply Fran Back With a Bump July 13, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I never bought moon sand for my eldest but it does look really good and not too messy! #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 13, 2016 at 6:14 am

      I’ve never bought it, I make it myself. Very easy with stuff you already have

  • Reply Crummy Mummy July 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This is a great idea, however we don’t have any outdoor space so not sure it’s for us! #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Ah we often do it inside on rainy days, you don’t need a whole tuff spot, just a tray will do and maybe a mat on the floor 🙂

  • Reply helen gandy July 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This looks like fun but I would stress with the mess haha. Love the glittery specks in it! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Ah it’s not to bad to clean with a dustpan and brush haha

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