So, What Is Moonsand? Hint: Your Kids Will Love It

Moonsand is all the rage right now. But you might be confused as to what exactly it is. Foster fun and develop fine motor skills with this easy, homemade moonsand recipe. We promise—your kids will be "over the moon."

So, What Is Moonsand? Hint: Your Kids Will Love It

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Moonsand is all the rage right now. But you might be confused as to what exactly it is. Foster fun and develop fine motor skills with this easy, homemade moonsand recipe. We promise—your kids will be "over the moon."


Parents, what if we told you that you could bring the fun of the beach to your home, but without the mess? Yes, it’s possible! In this episode of Craftitude, we’re making moonsand!

Moonsand may have your kids feeling like they’re at the beach, but the texture is really most similar to the sand on the moon’s surface, hence its name. Moon sand is an excellent sensory activity because it has the texture and molding capabilities of both wet and dry sand. When compressed, it will hold its shape and can be used with molds, cookie cutters and other play tools. However, it will always return to its crumbly texture, making it great for open-ended play.

Once you finish your batch of moonsand, provide your kids with cups, spoons, molds and buckets. They’ll spend hours with the sand, developing skills in tipping, pouring, scooping and more while they go about their play.

Craft on!

Supplies

  • 2 cups colored play sand
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • large mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • measuring cups
  • large tray (optional)
  • cookie cutters and molds (optional)
  • buckets, shovels and cups (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine play sand and cornstarch in a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Slowly add the water, mixing with your hands as you go.
  3. Knead the mixture until the moonsand reaches the desired texture. It should be crumbly, but hold its form when compressed.
  4. Transfer the completed moonsand from the bowl to a tray or contained play space, and enjoy! If sand becomes dry, use a spray bottle filled with water to return the moonsand to the desired texture.

Optional: provide cups, spoons, buckets and molds for play.


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