We used to have Moon Sand back when The Big One was an only child and I was still naively under the impresssion that it wasn’t that hard to keep the house clean and tidy with kids. I loved messy play at school, but not so much at home, and when the blasted stuff kept appearing on my lovely clean floors it was- sadly- relegated to the bin.
Things have changed. Now, I LOVE messy play anywhere. It’s fun. It’s easy to do. And you know what? With three kids, there is NO POINT whatsoever in cleaning or tidying while they’re around. That can wait- as they say, we are making memories.
So I saw all these pins on Pinterest that featured Moon Sand and just two ingredients that were required to make it. I didn’t bother following a pin in the end and so here is MY tutorial, plus some ideas to help pre-schoolers get the most out of it.
You need 1 bag of flour (shop brand is fine) and one bottle of baby oil (again, shop brand is fine).
I mixed the whole bag of flour (1.5 kg) in a large bowl with around 400ml of the baby oil.
Use a spoon to mix and then get your hands in and use your finger tips to make a breadcrumb type consistency.
What to do with it?
We put the whole lot into the sand tray and the pre-schooler loved using it as real sand- it has pretty much the same consitency actually. He then discovered that he could mould it into shapes easily so we looked through the cupboards to find things he could press it into. We used silicone cupcake moulds, small cups, ice cube racks and poached egg holders.
We also used our hands to mould shapes and pictures- a dinosaur, a house and lots of shapes. The pre-schooler also had a go at making a castle but we need more practise for that!
The moon sand can be used as normal sand- so bury plastc numbers, letters and shapes inside for your pre-schooler to find, order and draw themselves with their finger. Of course, you can also just let them play!
Moon Sand is unbelievably easy to make, smells lovely, costs hardly anything, and is a great alternative to having real sand inside the house. But of course, these days I’ll even have that on the go too. I’ve learned to accept the mess and embrace the fun it brings. Or I’m just too tired to bother anymore…