4 Ways to Make the Sensory Sensation: Moon Sand
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Touchy, Squishy, Moldable Sensory Play… Moon Sand.
Ready for FOUR awesomely scented, seasonal, moon sand recipes? I absolutely love doing sensory crafty play like moon sand with my kids. I just adore anything that I can make with ingredients found in my kitchen! Finding healthy alternatives to chemical and lab created stuff is what I live for. And I strive to find a way to save a buck (or two or twenty)! This fun play recipe checked off all those boxes for me!
Moon Sand = Kinetic Sand… But WAAAAY Better!
Do you guys remember a few years ago around Christmas time when this super cool, sometimes colorful, amazing new textured play thing came out called Kinetic sand? It was everywhere! In every store, with tons of different kits, colors, and brands. Kinetic sand was where it was at. So of coarse my little princess received multiple packages of it that holiday from her adoring family. The stuff is really quite fun. It has this great texture and is just wonderful for building sand castles and the like. When packed together firmly it holds it’s shape and after a while (or if not packed super tight) it crumbles down in slow motion. That is my favorite part. That slow soothing crumbling action of the stuff. It did cost a pretty penny though. The kits ranged from $10 (for way too little to really use as the “cheap” box was really only to supplement the kits) to around $40 to get all the bells and whistles. You know tools, different colors, molds, and a handy play tray to keep the mess in one place. Which by the way DOES NOT keep the mess anywhere near one place, but it far beats playing with it without a tray.
After one use I realized this was definitely an outdoor activity. The sand gets everywhere, it’s kind of sticky so terrible in carpet, and you really lose a lot each play session. I also noticed the colored options, while looking super-cool, emitted a very strong chemical scent. My mom radar goes off on that one. What is in this stuff? Is it soaking into her skin? Needless to say I knew there had to be a better option than refilling her kit with the highly expensive store bought options.
Moon Sand Can Even Be Scented and Colored All Natural!
Enter Moon Sand! This stuff is so awesome, way healthier (so much in fact it is actually edible! Gross, but edible nonetheless), and ridiculously cheap! You can make five pounds of this magic mixture for only a couple bucks. There are only two ingredients: flour and oil. The texture and behavior of the moon sand is so similar to kinetic sand it’s striking.
REGULAR MOON SAND INGREDIENTS:
Combine 4 cups of wheat flour to 5/8 c. vegetable oil. Any oil (and many flours for that matter) really will do but we all have vegetable oil on hand. Mix well and play away! (I actually use sweet almond oil because a couple years ago I bought 50 pounds (yes you read that right) of oil for a soap making venture and somehow still have an awful lot of that one and it’s of coarse not the freshest anymore; perfect for crafts though!)
CALMING MOON SAND INGREDIENTS:
-lavendar flower buds
-lavendar essential oil
-(optional) beet root flour
Combine 4 cups of wheat flour with 5/8 c. vegetable oil. Add in five drops of lavender essential oil and 1/8 c. lavender flowers. The flowers can be dried or fresh, we have a huge plant that happens to be flowering right now so fresh it is! An optional ingredient is 1 tsp beet root powder to get the purple color. Add in the powder with the flour and mix before adding the oil. It will stain though so if you use the color please play outside! Mix all ingredients well and enjoy the soothing relaxing play this provides.
SUMMER SPICE MOON SAND INGREDIENTS:
-lemon/orange essential oil
Combine 4 cups of wheat flour with 3/8 cup coconut oil. (You know, the kind that oozes that amazing coconut smell) Add in five drops of lemon (or orange) essential oil and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon spice. An optional ingredient is tumeric to get that fun summery color we made this into! Add the tumeric to the flour and cinnamon and mix up before adding in the oils. About 1 tsp should do the trick but warning… it stains so please use outside! Mix all ingredients well and take this fun recipe outdoors for invigorating play.
FALL SPICE MOON SAND INGREDIENTS:
Combine 4 cups of wheat flour with 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Add in 1/8 teaspoon each of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. (Pumpkin spice would be another completely viable alternative, we simply don’t keep it on hand and make our own.) Mix all ingredients well and try not to eat it! Wonderful for setting the mood on a crisp fall day.
All these recipes keep really well too. Just store in an airtight container. Even a ziplock bag has worked well for me for about a year! It is also sooo much easier to clean up than Kinetic sand.
That’s all the wonderful moon sand fun I have for you today! I really hope you love the recipes and scents and have as much fun as your kids squishing, building, and creating. If you enjoyed this DIY recipe you have to check out this post about 5 amazing DIY bath paint recipes! And if you’re into that I bet you’d also love this post detailing amazingly fun and creative ways to play with spaghetti! And of coarse you absolutely MUST read 101 creative, fun, free things to do with your kids for more amazing inspiration. So…Which recipe is your favorite? What silly things did your kiddo find to build or do with the moon sand? Let me know in the comment section below!