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We love ‘moon sand’ or ‘magic sand’ for sensory sand play. You can buy it from art and craft suppliers, but it is fairly expensive.

When we did a post on it a while ago, some kind people sent in the recipe so we could make it ourselves at a fraction of the cost.

Mix together:

4 cups sand

2 cups cornflour

1 cup of water.

We gave it a go and although different from the commercial sort …

it was still very successful.

The children had a lot of fun with it.

When it dried out in the sun a bit, it crumbled up beautifully and was easily restored with a bit more water added to it.

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  4. avatar Gina Joiner says:

    what kind of sand do you use for the moon sand

    ::: Gina we used the sand straight from our sand pit … It’s called ‘white’ sand. :) :)

  5. avatar roberta says:

    Where do you find white sand and corn flour? Is corn flour the same as corn meal? Corn meal is very coarse; I have not seen corn flour.
    Thanks

    ::: Roberta you may refer to corn flour as corn starch. As for the white sand, it is straight out of our sand pit! :) :)

  6. avatar roberta says:

    thanks! I thought maybe corn starch, but was not sure. Thanks again,

  7. avatar Jennifer Gee says:

    I made the moon sand & was very happy with it —- but after a few days in a covered container, it developed a terrible smell and what appeared to be mold! Does it need to remain in an open container? Has anyone else had this problem?

    ::: YES Jennifer keep it uncovered and simply add some water to bring it back to the desired consistency next time you play with it. :) :)

  8. avatar Ivory says:

    Oh! Thank you! My neice is going to love this (something tells me her teenage sisters are going to like it too :p ). I only wish I’d known about it when I was teaching preschool.

    If your sand box sand is nasty (as ours was where I worked), you can get small quantities of nice sand at craft stores, it even comes in different colors. Its used to make those bottles with layers of colored sand that you make at the fair and stuff, usually in the aisle with all the kid-friendly supplies (feathers, pom poms, foam stickers, etc). Or if you wanted to make a bigger batch they sell sand at hardware stores, I’m not sure what the smallest quantity they sell is though.

    ::: We love coloured sand too Ivory … Check out this post to see how we colour our own! … http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/04/making-coloured-sand/ :) :)

  9. avatar wendy says:

    i have also made somethink very simmler with 8 parts plain flour and 1 part baby oil you can add colour smells and glitter

    ::: COOL! Thanks for sharing that recipe Wendy! :) :)

  10. avatar Debby says:

    Thankyou…Fantastic easy, simple and cheap…. You can buy a bag of Play sand 20kg from Bunning for around $8

    Debby :)

    ::: Oh you’ve gotta love Bunnings Debby! :) :)


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  13. [...] Homemade Moon Sand (gluten free) from Irresistible Ideas a great play based learning website. The recipe calls for sand, corn flour and water. It would be fun to get the fancy coloured sand to mix it up. [...]


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  15. avatar daniela says:

    Thank you!! going to suggested it to our nannies.
    Love this website!

    ::: Thank you very much Daniela! :) :)


  16. [...] Homemade Moon Sand (gluten free) from Irresistible Ideas a great play based learning website. The recipe calls for sand, corn flour and water. It would be fun to get the fancy coloured sand to mix it up. [...]


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  18. avatar Denise S. says:

    I tried making this for my grandchildren, but didn’t read all of the comments to find out that the corn flour was really corn starch, so I bought corn flour at a Mexican store and used that, which did not work very well. I tried adding corn starch and some vanilla to get rid if the corn flour smell and I’m still hoping that my grandchildren can use this. Do you have any suggestions?

    ::: Sorry Denise but we’re not familiar with your Mexican corn flour, so are really unsure what to advise. I can only imagine you have created a whole new sensory experience for your grandchildren! :) :)


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  21. avatar Kristina says:

    I want to do this for my family reunion. I am in charge of crafts for the kids, to keep them busy and occupied. Is corn flour corn starch or finely ground corn meal used to make tamales?

    ::: Kristina we do believe corn flour and corn starch is the same thing. :) :)

  22. avatar Kristina says:

    thank you for answering my question


  23. [...] Chances are you’ve probably seen, heard of, or played with moon sand.  Its the fun, moldable sand version of playdoh, and many kids love building all sorts of creations out of it.  What you might not be so thrilled with, though, is the price.  It can get quite expensive, especially since its sold in relatively small quantities.  Want to fill up your child’s sand table with the stuff and not break the bank?  Here’s an extremely easy recipe to make your own moon sand for a fraction of the cost using play sand, cornstarch, and water!  http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/03/moon-sand-recipe/ [...]


  24. [...] Chances are you’ve probably seen, heard of, or played with moon sand.  Its the fun, moldable sand version of playdoh, and many kids love building all sorts of creations out of it.  What you might not be so thrilled with, though, is the price.  It can get quite expensive, especially since its sold in relatively small quantities.  Want to fill up your child’s sand table with the stuff and not break the bank?  Here’s an extremely easy recipe to make your own moon sand for a fraction of the cost using play sand, cornstarch, and water!  I know my kids will just love helping me make this.  http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/03/moon-sand-recipe/ [...]

  25. avatar Paula says:

    So does this mixture last for very long?…if so how long can it be stored and how do you properly store this mixture?…is it best to build sandcastles & etc. with? it seems like a very moist mixture as opposed to our sand table which we use. Seems inexpensive and easy to make. Thanks for the “how to” make your own Moon Sand.


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  27. avatar becs says:

    In the USA, cornflour is ground corn, to make tomales. Corn STARCH is used in this craft. It is white powder and comes from the corn, but is not the flour of the corn in the usa.

    ::: Thanks Becs. :) :)


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  29. avatar Emma Rainey says:

    My kids are having a ball with this! We have dinosaurs and rocks and trees made from rosemary…has occupied them for hours!

    ::: Ooooh Emma, rosemary trees are such great idea! … It’s alway nice to be able to stimulate multiple senses at the same time. :) :)


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  34. avatar kewkew says:

    Very cool. Thank you for sharing

  35. avatar Kylie says:

    Using gluten free cornflour dosent work like pictured, more like gooey cake mix that you can grab if you use pressure. Glutenous cornflour is much different to gluten free… its missing the ‘glue’ factor

  36. avatar Lynette says:

    Has anyone ever tried to add tea tree oil or cinnamon – anything to keep away mildew and bacteria?


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  38. avatar Melissa Daniel says:

    I make this in my classroom all the time, but I use baby oil instead of water and it doesn’t go bad and smell gross. Plus you don’t have to keep it in a closed container to store it since baby oil doesn’t dry out… uses less oil than water called for in this recipe.


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