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Moon Sand

Moon Sand or Moldable Sand is a great way to get kids using their hands for a sensory experience. It’s easy enough to make and will keep the kids busy for hours.Moon sand with rocket and astronaut as play toys.

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We love finding ways to keep the kids busy with sensory activities. There are so many ways for them to learn when they are able to touch and feel different textures and use different mediums.

One of our family favorites is Moon Sand, or moldable sand. We like to make it and put it in a plastic container with a lid, or in an old cookie sheet.

Moon Sand or moldable sand in child's hand with shuttle in the background for playing.

This is a great activity to use outside, or somewhere you don’t mind having a little sand. I’d keep it away from your couches and beds at all cost.

It’s fun to add in special themed toys like this Space Shuttle Kit. Or a Mermaid Kit.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Moon Sand:

I’ll put the printable recipe below, but here are the step by step instructions.

Adding fine sand to a bowl to make moon sand

Step 1:

Add the sand, 4 1/2 cups, into a large mixing bowl.

Sand in large mixing bowl to make moon sand

Step 2:

Add the cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups, and mix together.

Cornstarch added to sand to make moon sand

Step 3:

Add in the water, starting with about 1 cup and adding more as needed to get to your desired consistency.

Adding water to cornstarch and sand to make moon sand

Feel free to experience with the ingredients until you make it what you and your kids like.

Kids will have a blast with this moon sand.

Moon sand or moldable sand it a hit with kids


Moon Sand
Recipe type: Kids Play
  • 4½ cups play sand, really fine sand
  • 1½ cups cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups water
  1. Mix together the sand and cornstarch.
  2. Add in about 1 cup water and stir.
  3. Continue adding the water until you have the desired consistency.
  4. You can experiment with the ingredient amounts until you get it exactly how you like it.

Make Your Own Moon Sand

For more fun Space Activities for kids, check out:

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

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