How to Make Moon Sand – DIY

Who doesn’t like moon sand? I remember the first time I got my hands on some moon sand at a Brookstone and not being able to stop playing with it. If you can relate in any way I have the perfect activity for you and your kids. 


2 and up
Or whenever you feel comfortable letting your child play with anything that resembles playdough. 

What you need:

  • Flour 
  • Baby oil, vegetable oil OR sunflower oil
  • Tray 
  • Tools to play: spoons, cups, molds, cookie cutters etc. 
  • Food coloring (optional)

* Some people even like to add some essential oil to really liven up all the senses. 


  • 2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of baby oil or oil of your choice (add the food coloring to the oil if you would like it to have color)
  • Mix it all up and voila time to play


Follow a recipe- working on number recognition and simple measurement. 

Language development- Talk about textures, what they are creating, what it feels like, etc. 

Fine + gross motor skills- As they move sand from one cup to the other, through funnels, and pour it all out again they will be working on their motor skills.
Science- how textures change as you add ingredients together

Frequently asked questions: 

How long does homemade moon sand last?
You can keep this for about a month. Make sure to store it in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place. A pantry or child’s toy box works just fine. 

Does this get messy?
That depends on your child. Some children can keep the moon sand in the tray you give them and others go wild transferring the moon sand from one container to another and can make a mess. This can also be part of the fun.

How to clean up moon sand?
The easiest way to clean up moon sand it with a dry cloth and brush off all the equipment used before washing. The reason for this is that when moon sand gets wet it starts to get sticky and can be harder to wash away.

Looking for related activities?
Play-dough Color recipe
Bouncing Bubbles

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Published by Christelle

Former Montessori School Teacher and Child Life Specialist. Specialize in early childhood education.

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