How To Make Edible Moon Sand

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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!

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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.

How To Make Edible Cloud Dough or Taste Safe Moon Sand - Magical Mama Blog


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.)


How To Make Edible Taste Safe Moon Sand Cloud Dough


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!

How To Make Edible Cloud Dough or Taste Safe Moon Sand - Magical Mama Blog

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.

How To Make Edible Cloud Dough or Taste Safe Moon Sand - Magical Mama Blog

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”.

How To Make Edible Cloud Dough or Taste Safe Moon Sand - Magical Mama Blog

How To Make Edible Cloud Dough or Taste Safe Moon Sand - Magical Mama Blog

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  1. Ah she looks like she is loving that! If I sprinkled a little sugar and eggs in mine my two would be licking it out of the tray 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

  2. I’ll have to try this out. We’ve only ever done the cornstarch and water combo…which secretly I also kind of enjoy playing with…hahaha!


    1. Who says it’s just for kids? I love playing with sand!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Poe!

  3. We love making moon sand too. I often add cocoa powder to it, to turn it into ‘soil’. We add pipecleaners and thread cheerios onto them, so we can dig for worms. We add in flower pots, a children’s rake and a trowel. #Blogstravaganza

    1. That sounds absolutely precious! A little garden dig without getting too dirty! And what a great exercise for their imaginations!
      Thank you for checking out the post, Debbie!

    1. My little one eats anything she can get her hands on, so it’s worked great for us! Hope you get to have fun experimenting with it soon! Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

    1. She absolutely adores special play like this! She had a blast playing with this the first time and since she tasted it and didn’t enjoy it, I’m hoping to make the regular version next time for the nice silky smooth texture!
      Thanks for stopping by, Helena!

    1. My little one put a nice big handful in her mouth and was not too pleased with the taste. I’m hoping this means the next time we make it, I can use the baby oil…but then again, I don’t think my little one will be deterred from putting things in her mouth after one bad mouthful.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. It is incredibly easy! My little one got so excited, she ended up flinging it everywhere and wasting about half of our batch, but had a great time soaking up the sun and getting her hands dirty, then enjoying a nice bath.
    Thank you for stopping by, Alana!

    1. It’s such an easy activity that keeps them happy and it lasts so much longer than I would expect it to! A sand pit! How fun!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I might even be willing to do this for the grandkids. And that is saying something as we are more let’s make pancakes or buns together than let’s play with sand grandparents.

    1. That’s wonderful! It’s very easy and still involves a bit of prep in the kitchen! I hope this is a ton of fun for you with the grand kids!
      Thank you for stopping by, Sandra!

    1. Our one year old adores it! But she DID make a huge mess, so I was glad we went outside with it!
      Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte!

    1. It’s incredibly easy and I’m thinking about making this a regular activity in the kitchen so my little one feels like she’s helping since flour and oil can be such normal starter ingredients!
      Thank you for stopping by, Stephanie!

  6. Thank you so much for the feature! Definitely going back by to check it out!
    Thanks for dropping by, Angie!

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