Brace yourselves because this is an awesome activity that your kids will love to play with. It’s called moon sand and it’s wonderful for sensory learning. What I also love is that it is super quick to make, you can even get the kids involved.
Recommended age – 3 years +
(always provide active supervision during play)
Moon sand is given it’s name because of it’s crumbly texture and how similar it looks to the surface of the moon. It can also be moulded when compressed, making it a fabulous for open ended play!
There are many varieties that are designed for play on the internet but I feel this is the best moon sand recipe. I especially like that it only takes two household ingredients to make it, three if you wish for it to be coloured. No doubt you could whip it up within a few minutes. Ah, love that.
Possum couldn’t wait to get stuck into playing with moon sand.
Moon Sand Recipe
The ratio to make moon sand is simple – 8 cups of all purpose flour : 1 cup of vegetable oil.
I decided to quarter that recipe and make smaller batches of moon sand and add a half a teaspoon of tempera powdered paint before combining it all together. I’m sure a few drops of food colouring would work too but keep it mind it will add moisture to the mixture. The texture should feel quite crumbly but combine when squeezed in the hand. Add a little more flour if the mixture feels too damp, a teaspoon or two more vegetable oil if not combining as well as desired.
Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to watch Possum begin digging her fingers into the crumbly moon sand. Her face instantly showed her delight as she explored the soft, crumbly texture of the cool moon sand. It was irresistible, even for me!
Crumbly but mouldable!
The wonderful fun with moon sand is that it very crumbly but can be simply moulded by pressing it together! Once moulded it can simply be broken down to it’s original crumbly texture. This makes for wonderful open ended play.
It is not necessary to colour your moon sand, however, doing so did give me an opportunity to talk about the colours Possum could see and revise a few that she knew of already. I also loved watching her mix the colours together to make new colours! What a great lesson.
Scooping, pouring, tipping…
I decided, after giving Possum some time to independently play with the moon sand, that she might like some various items to incorporate into her playing. Simple, safe items like a spoon and some plastic cupcake moulds worked wonderfully to help her build skills in tipping, scooping and pouring.
I loved the conversation that came out of this too. We both used lots of descriptive language and she also loved giving me directions on what I should be doing. LOL
I can’t recommend this enough to those with children of a suitable age and can be actively supervised. Possum and I had such a fabulous time playing and shaping the moon sand into whatever we decided. It was also a wonderful activity for her to learn more about colours and colour mixing. We were playing for so long that I lost track of time! LOL
Would your child have fun with moon sand?
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