How To Make Edible Moon Sand
Babies and toddlers could always use more sensory activities in their daily routine.
Luckily with this little activity, you can use things that you very likely already have in your house! What’s that? No trip to the craft store to dish out more money for something for the kids to play with?
Moon sand is an incredibly silky smooth sand that can be molded and squashed over and over. It can do what that wet sand does at the beach, but it can easily be brushed off of hands, clothes and the floor with ease!
That’s right, your kiddos can make sand castles all afternoon and you don’t have to deal with beach sand in the bathtub for a week!
This is a great activity for babies all the way through adults…yes, I love to run my fingers through this stuff, too! It’s so soft!
There are 2 ways to make this sand: edible or regular.
For babies or toddlers who put everything in their mouth…like my child, you’ll want to do the edible version so they don’t get sick if they spend the entirety of craft time trying to shovel it into their mouths.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or safe liquid oil of your choice – melted coconut oil works)
(Note: The edible version by no means tastes good. It is just a safer option if it is ingested….kids should always be supervised while playing.)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup baby oil
Put both ingredients into a large mixing bowl and go to town…for 10 or 15 minutes. It’ll take a bit of time to get it evenly mixed, but it’s not heavy, so it won’t take too much elbow grease. Or get out your electric hand mixer and let that do the work for 3 or 4 minutes to get it all well mixed.
If you’d like to take it a step further and make it colored moon sand, add your food dye into your oil when you’re measuring it and mix it up before adding into the flour!
Whatever recipe you choose, use an 8 to 1 ratio.
If you’re making it for a baby, I’d suggest a 2 cup to 1/4 cup ratio so you don’t make immense amounts off sand for itty bitty hands.
If you’re making it for school age kids, you can get a bit more crazy so they can make bigger sand castles. You can go for a ratio of 4 cups to 1/2 cup or go as big as 8 cups to 1 cup.
Using any oil other than baby oil doesn’t give you quite the smooth consistency and it doesn’t stick together as well, but it works for play time!
Important things to know:
You’ll want to play outside, in a tub, or do bath time after.
Home made moon sand leaves an oily residue behind. You will notice oily hand prints around your home or spots if you play on a table.
It’s best to mix it up, put it in a shallow, clear plastic tub and play outside in case baby gets any ideas about flinging hand fulls…as mine does.
If you do choose to play inside, have a broom or mop ready to go.
It can keep for quite some time in a sealed container.
As long as you’re not mixing in other ingredients or messes, it should keep for a few weeks. You’ll probably run out of it before it would “spoil”.