There's no way you can escape moon sand right now. It's also called kinetic sand or sometimes cloud dough or moon dough – and this stuff is everywhere. If your kids have been asking for some, you may have seen the prices and wondered how sand could be that expensive. But guess what? You can make your own!
How do you make moon dough?
The last time I checked, there were pages upon pages of Google results you could sift through for moon sand recipes. This is just one of them, but it worked pretty well when we tried it out. Here's everything you need:
- 8 cups of flour
- 1 cup of oil
- A few drops of your favourite food colouring
As for the oil, you can get away with using different varieties (according to the internet, at least), but we used baby oil. It might be a little more expensive than, say, canola oil or olive oil, but it did yield pretty great results – and if you have young children, it's probably something you have on hand anyway. You can also use coconut oil, which makes softer dough and is edible, in case your kiddos eat some by accident. Follow these steps:
- First, mix your flour and oil really well in a large bowl.
- Once your mixture is smooth, add food colouring bit by bit until you reach the colour you want.
That's pretty much it! You can experiment with different colours (based on whatever food colouring you might have on hand), and you could also add sparkles, glitter or little beads to the mix. It may still look a little more like flour than the kinetic sand you can buy in stores, but it should work just the same.
How do you store homemade moon sand?
Store your moon sand in an airtight container. A mason jar or something similar with a seal should work really well. It shouldn't dry out as long as you store the sand properly and make sure it isn't exposed to chemicals, extreme heat or any other things that could ruin its composition.
Does moon dough dry out?
Honestly, it shouldn't dry out. Unlike Play-Doh and other compounds, it shouldn't stick everywhere, which actually makes cleanup pretty easy. While it likely won't dry out to the point where it's unusable, just beware that this stuff is flaky – and you'll probably end up with little pieces all over your table.
So how does it compare to store-bought kinetic sand?
It pretty much costs next to nothing to make, and chances are you have all the ingredients already in your house. Just compare that to a standard bag of sand (which would usually cost you about $10).
Now, you can occasionally find a bargain on the store-bought stuff, and this three-pound bag of Kinetic Sand is currently on sale for $11.17 from $14.99 at Amazon Canada. It's eligible for Prime, so you could have it within the next couple days if you don't feel like mixing up three pounds of "sand" yourself.
Just don't forget that you might want sand toys or Play-Doh accessories once you actually have the moon sand ready. This Play-Doh Rollers, Cutters and More Playset might be a good place to start.