Kid’s Craft: Homemade Moon Sand

I love living where I live almost every second of the year. All except for early spring because the rest of the world seems to start warming up and we’re still pretty cold here. And it’s funny because I never cared until Facebook came along and all of my friends from warmer states started sharing their swimming and green grass and flip flop pictures. Where I live, March does start to warm things up. But, the truth is, our last frost date isn’t until June. JUNE, people! We freeze at night here until June!

That doesn’t mean that we can’t make and play with things that remind us of warmer temps. Have you ever played with Moon Sand? I found it when my oldest was about 3 or 4 (she’s 9 now! YIKES!). She used to play with it for hours on end! I mean, my kids love play dough, but Moon Sand is a totally different level of obsession. My youngest has never played with it before. I decided it was high time he give it a try! But not with the expensive store bought stuff. The (super duper ridiculously easy) homemade kind!

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You guys, I’m not gonna lie. This is the coolest stuff ever! I had a hard time handing it over to my son. I just wanted to build with it!

It really is easy (and cheap!) to make! All you need is 4 cups of flour and 1/2 C of baby oil.


Mix it up really good with your hands until it looks like this.

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Then, put it down and hand it to your toddler. Oh…maybe that was just me that had a hard time doing that.

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His favorite thing was driving his monster truck through it. I heard “vroom, vroooooom” for a couple of hour straight! And as a mom with an often bored toddler, that screamed success!

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So, seriously, go mix a batch up! Build yourself a little sand castle until it warms up outside and you really can!

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  1. says

    It’s snowing here today and I have declared a snow day! I decided since we can’t beat it we must join it! So I am headed outside with the kiddos today! Since the snow will still be here for a long time I will be doing this with them on another day!

    • says

      I ended up using a cup and a half of gingerbread pancake mix and the rest cake flour. We had fun with it but we need more! :) Perhaps we will send Daddy to the store for a $1 bag after work!

  2. says

    Just made this today with my 4 year old, for her and my 19 mo old son. We tinkered with the recipe a bit, adding a splash more oil, and adding “pixie dust” (glitter). Both kids enjoyed it, and we’ll see if we were able to store it in a plastic container overnight! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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