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How To Make Homemade Moon Sand - Easy Recipe, Simple Ingredients

Updated on October 11, 2011

If you are wondering how to make homemade Moon Sand then this page will tell you everything you need to know. Using simple ingredients we give you the easy recipe you need in order to make your very own Moon Sand. This is a quick and easy recipe and will give you some lovely homemade Moon Sand for your children to play with. The ingredients are cheap to buy and so you will save money compared to if you were buying the actual sand itself.

Moon Sand has recently become very popular, it is marketed as the mouldable sand that never dries out. This is just like the wet sand you find down at the beach, it’s ideal for building sand castles and other basic sculptures. If you buy this from the big companies it can get quite expensive, so that’s why we are going to look at a do it yourself Moon Sand recipe.

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Moon Sand Recipe

So the ingredients are very simple and very easy to get hold of. We have used some basic measurements but you can double these up to make more sand depending upon how much you want. There are a few optional extras such as food coloring and glitter and it is totally up to you if you include these or not. So the basic ingredients consist of:

3 cups of play sand

1 cup of corn starch/cornflower

1 cup of water

Glitter (optional)

Just to clarify a few things. Play sand can be bought from most toys shops, this is very fine light sand. You can actually buy colored sand which makes it more interesting. If you don’t have colored sand but want to add color, you can use a small amount of food coloring, be careful though as adding to much will start to stain things, you only need to add a few drops.

So to make your homemade Moon Sand you simply mix the sand with the corn starch, use your hands for this and make sure you get it mixed really well. If you want to add a little glitter at this point you can do to make it a little more sparkly. Now you need to slowly add the water a little at a time. Mix well with your hands as you go along, as you start to add more and more water the sand will become soft and malleable. Don’t add to much water, when the sand is the desired consistency you can stop adding water and then you’re finished.

The Down Side

All though this really is a wonderful simple recipe for making your own Moon Sand there is a downside. If you buy this sand in the shop it is said to last forever, homemade Moon Sand does not. Once you have finished playing with this you should store it in an airtight container. You can use this again although you may find it has dried out ever so slightly, if this is the case simply add more water. If you leave this for an extended period of time it will start to go off. Use it on a regular basis and keep it moist and it should last for quite a while, but it will eventually start to spoil.

Despite the fact that homemade Moon Sand won’t last forever it is still a really good cheap alternative. As well as being great fun to play with, kids actually enjoy making the stuff so you get an extra bit of fun in there as well. This easy to follow recipe for homemade Moon Sand should save you some money and give your kids something to enjoy. Of course if you would rather buy the real thing there are plenty of great toys out there that children will enjoy, but if you want a simple alternative then this recipe should be just what you are looking for.


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      6 years ago

      My little 2 year old cousin,Douglas, has autism and uses moon dough with his therapy. It is very cool abd i think i play with it more than him. The problem is that it's expensive to buy as much as he needs. We have been looks for a recipe for weeks abd this sounds fun to make and play with:)

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      6 years ago

      I love it and my kids love it.. I know I'm to old for that now but I got to say when my kids and I got done making it I was playing with it more than my kids were.. I thought it was fun to make the moon sand..


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      7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Interesting, I am not a kid anymore but that still sounds fun to model buildings and things with. I mean, at some point designing on a computer might be boring, I love me some good old fashion clay/sand!

      (I will say though I lack the skills I have on a computer with real clay/sand)



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