This simple moon sand recipe uses coconut oil. We then scent it with taste safe ingredients. It’s the perfect sensory activity for kids of all ages, even toddlers!
What is moon sand?
Whether you call it moon dough, cloud dough, or kinetic sand; moon sand is a fun sensory experience for kids of all ages. It has a crumbly texture, yet it can be molded into fun shapes. Scoop it, build with it, form it into balls. It’s an amazing activity that is sure to keep your kids entertained.
You can find lots of different recipes around the web on how to make moon sand at home. After reading quite a few, I knew I needed to figure out how to make moon sand without baby oil. You see, I wanted to make sure I had a taste safe version of this fun sensory activity.
This way it can be a fun activity for toddlers and up!
Ever since doing research for the book I co-authored, The Undeniable Power of Play, I know how important sensory play can be for a child. I also learned how engaging multiple senses is even better. So I added a fun scent using lemon zest!
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Tips for moon dough success!
- This activity is best when it’s child led. Let them explore the feeling of pressing their hands into the dough, making shapes, even building a snowman!
- Lemon scent doesn’t have to mean yellow moon sand! Feel free to make blue, red or even purple!
- Grab spoons, scoops, play dough toys and more to add another level to the play.
- Have a group of kiddos? Double the batch for more fun!
- Make sure to seal it up when you’re done playing so that it’s ready to go for the next time!
- Don’t forget that this recipe includes oil. So it’s best to not wear your best clothes while playing.
- Worried about cleanup? Grab a plastic tablecloth for quick cleanup.
Here are some pictures of V playing with her cloud dough.
What to do with moon sand
Moon sand is perfect for loads of occasions. Here are just a few ideas to inspire you.
- A sensory station during space week.
- Add it to an animal sensory bin.
- Make multiple batches for a toddler birthday party or BBQ with families.
- Or just a fun afternoon activity.
How to make moon sand
Below is our step by step tutorial how to make moon sand. Feel free to print them for easy reference!
- 2 Cups of flour.
- 1/3 Cup of Coconut oil. Melted
- The zest of one lemon.
- Yellow food coloring. Or the color of their choice.
- Mix together flour and lemon zest
- Add coconut oil and a few squirts of food coloring to the flour mixture.
- Start mixing together with your hands. The more you squeeze it together the more the color will mix into the flour. Once you can squeeze it in your hand to form it’s done!
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