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Make your own MOON SAND (crumbly, yet moldable and fun!)

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 We had 2 snow days in a row this week.  And it wasn’t snowing either day.  I mean, there was snow on the ground……but the real reason school was canceled was because it was SO COLD outside.  As in, many degrees below zero…..and supposedly it “felt” like -37 degrees.  I wouldn’t know, because I never left.  Ha.


Anyway, because it was so ridiculously cold, the kids didn’t even want to play outside.  It was definitely nose-hair-freezing-cold though.  Ouch! 


So, we had to whip up a few activities to have some indoor fun.  Well, after laundry was done, rooms tidied, and the dishwasher was emptied, of course.  (Leverage is amazing!)


I browsed the internet for something we could do…..and decided on making this stuff, all from stuff around the house:





Plenty of sites shared their techniques…… we just meshed them all together.  And made some bright vivid colors.





If you’ve never played with Moon Sand, it’s crumbly and almost “sand” like….





But can also be squished and molded together to create sculptures and shapes.  Pretty trippy stuff.





Chloe loved it.  And got down and dirty in it….which surprised me.  She kept pinching it, mashing it, and crumbling it.  She preferred the “sandy” stage.





While Connor and Elli loved the shaping and molding stage.




Snow Day #2 turned out to be a fun day for these three little nuggets!

(And yeah, it’s kinda messy and will probably fall onto the floor.  However, it cleans up extremely well and whatever happens to get left behind, will just dry up and turn powdery.  Wipe it up or vacuum…….really simple!)




This Moon Sand is pretty entertaining……especially in these bright vivid colors.  And “making” it is probably half the fun!




Want to make some too?



This is all you need.  Corn starch, shaving cream (not gel), and food coloring (optional).



Okay, first of all, squirt a whole bunch (several cups??) of shaving cream into a mixing bowl.  I know other people add the coloring last…..but adding it to the shaving cream helps to blend the color more evenly.  Add several drops of food coloring…



…and then let the kids mix, mix, mix.



After the color is completely incorporated, start adding corn starch.  Start with about a 1/2 cup at first.



Let them mix with their spoons to get it started…



…but most likely, they’ll want to start using their hands. 



Just keep adding corn starch and moosh and mash until they incorporate…..and the mixture forms into a ball.  If you want a bigger ball, add more shaving cream and more corn starch and repeat. 



And yeah, it’s messy.  That’s why we made it in bowls, and not straight on the table.  But don’t worry about the food coloring.  A little soak in the tub later on, will take care of their hands!



Such fun stuff!!  And something different from the regular ol’ play-dough.


Yesterday was a snow day SUCCESS!



Let me know if you give this a try and how it went for you!



Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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