How to Make Moon Sand

Moon sand is really fun to play with. It has a fun texture that kids love. My kids always wanted me to buy it for them when they saw commercials for it on TV. It turns out that moon sand is super easy to make. I didn’t even have to buy anything for this project. My husband just happened to have some clean sand stored in our garage.

Supplies Needed:

  • 8 cups sand
  • 4 cups cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Empty plastic container

You will need some kind of plastic container to put the moon sand in. Note: you can easily cut this recipe in half if you don’t need very much of it. I had to split ours among three children so I decided to make a larger amount.

moon sand

If you don’t have access to clean sand, you can buy a small bag of it very inexpensively at your local hardware store.

The food coloring is optional. You can color the sand if you like, or just leave it as is.

Pour the sand, corn starch, and food coloring in the empty plastic container and stir together. Slowly add water until it reaches the desired consistency. The sand should be slightly damp but not dripping wet.

When the moon sand is the consistency you are looking for, give your child the container with a big spoon and some measuring cups to play with. This activity is best done outside on a nice day or maybe on the kitchen floor with newspapers underneath.

When your kids are done playing with it just set it aside until they are ready to play with it again. No need to cover it up or it might get moldy. Just add a little water next time if it dries out.

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