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We obtained some special sand-like material from our art supplier which we call “Moon Sand”, sometimes “Magic Sand”.

It is a silicon-based product which looks like sand but holds its shape.

We added spoons, measuring cups and other small containers that they could manipulate the sand with and they had a ball.

It is an endlessly fascinating product for everyone!

As it is a not cheap to buy, we asked the children to try and keep it on the table as much as they could.

Not easy when you are having fun and are five years old!

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17 Responses to “moon sand”

  1. we make our own every summer and the girls play with it outside its super easy and i bet your kids would have a blast making it (and maybe taking home some) at school.

    http://www.pennypinchingparent.com/2009/02/toddler-activity-homemade-moon-sand.html

    this is the recipe i use, but i color my water really dark so it comes out a light color when mixed with the sand and cornstarch

  2. stacy says:

    We have made our own moonsand by mixing regular play sand and oobleck. It can be tricky to get the right consistency, but when you get it it’s great!

  3. admin says:

    Hmmm … never heard of this ‘oobleck’ Stacy … do tell!?! 🙂 🙂

  4. admin says:

    Welcome to our wonderland … thanks for the link, we’ll check it out for sure! 🙂 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    We made our own too… mixed playsand, cornstarch and salt. It was so messy! And the kids had a ton of fun! Here is the recipe we used:
    http://quirkymomma.com/2010/moon-sand/

  6. Teacher Tom says:

    My local art supply store sells this and they had a table of it out to try. It is a fun substance and it is a bit costly, but like you say, you can’t let budget stand in the way of everything.

    FYI, many people refer to the cornstarch-water mixture as oobleck. This makes sense if the Penny Pinching Parent recipe works out — that’s what she does.

  7. Hi girls!
    the moon sand sounds fabulous as we are talking about space and aliens at the moment! Where do you get it from?? I am in Balwyn but am always up near Ringwood

  8. admin says:

    Andrea we got ours from ‘Bellbird’ but are going to have a go at making it now because it is quite expensive to buy but sounds so easy to make with the recipes people have supplied! 🙂 🙂

    Thanks for the recipes guys! 🙂 🙂

  9. Naurelle says:

    We had Moonsand (bought from educational experience – http://www.edex.com.au) out not long ago in my Family Day Care setting, and the children loved it! I also tried to get it to stay in the tub it was in, but the children playing with it ranged in age from 2 to 4, so it was a challenge. I must say, though, they did a fairly good job, and it was a lot of fun! Interested to try out the recipes.

  10. Gretchen says:

    I got a recipe from a friend and it is moon sand like. You take a 5 pound bag of flour and add a large bottle of baby oil. Mix together and it works really well too.

  11. jenny says:

    Never heard of the stuff – but I’m looking forward to trying out some of these recipes.

  12. Alissa says:

    WOW, I am definitely going to look out for that product. Cool!

  13. donna says:

    We love moon sand at our kinder… we are lucky to have it in plain, blue & now red colours & the children are guaranteed to use it every day… I just change the items…. small dinosaurs are always popular and this has lead to some archaelogical experimentation!!!
    I tell the children that we need to be careful to keep our moonsand in the special trays as best we can as it’s a long way to go to the moon for more!
    So far so good!
    I will have a go at making some too… thanks for all your wonderful & inspiring ideas

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  15. Smarty Arty says:

    Great Art Ideas shared by you. I am going to buy the moon Sand and try to make Some artistic things using spoons and cups.

    ::: Have fun Smarty Arty! 🙂 🙂

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