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Have you ever made moon sand? This activity is so much fun. It’s one of those activities that I actually get very involved in too. Sometimes I am not sure who has more fun, Little C, or me? What is moon sand you ask? It’s not actually sand at all, but it’s moldable like sand. Some people do moon sand with baby oil, and flour, but I like to make mine with flour, and vegetable oil. It feels soft, and powdery, but at the same time, you can use cups, and sand molds to pretend like you are playing with beach sand. Check it out in action:
As you can tell, we had a lot of fun. In the end the pink, and blue mixed together to make a pretty purple color. You should definitely try this!
- Sand molds
- 28 Quart Storage bucket, or any large shallow storage bucket, or even a kiddie pool if you want to go big scale.
- Powder color
- Mini Sand Molds
- Table cloth, or shower curtain liner to spread out under the bucket, or just go outside!
Here is how you can make this beautiful moon sand-
- Measure out 4 cups of flour
- Mix in colored powder, I didn’t really measure my colored powder, I’d start of with three to four table spoons, and go from there.
- After thoroughly mixing your dry ingredients together, add one cup of vegetable oil.
- Stir everything together, then get your hands in the mix, squeeze, and mix it up a little, then throw it in your large container, and you can have your child mix it together. As you play with it, it will get thoroughly mixed together, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Do steps 1-4 again with a different colored powder. If you want to do just one color, I’d suggest you double the recipe.
Tips- Coloring the mixture with water based coloring does not work. I have tried water colors, and gel, and liquid food coloring, they do not work. It has to be oil based food coloring (which I haven’t tried), or colored paint/powder.
-You can do as many colors as you like, but remember, that the colors will get mixed together, so if you do a bunch of different colors, you might end up with a big brown/grey/green mess. Next time I might try yellow, and blue.