Easy and Non Toxic Moon Sand recipe : Perfect for Sensory Play

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This fun and easy to make Moon Sand recipe is not only fun to play with but non-toxic and safe for little ones to play with. Perfect for Sensory play and Preschool fun. 
Moon Sand recipe

Easy Moon Sand recipe 

My energetic preschooler is always looking for fun. He’s active, inquisitive and always looking for adventure. So I always have to be a few steps ahead of him when it comes to fun. That’s why I absolutely love this Moon Sand Recipe.

Sensory play

Sensory play is extremely important for your little one’s development. So when I find a recipe that will allow for it, I run to make it. It’s a fun and easy way for your little one to have sensory fun for hours. YES HOURS.

I will loose my guy for hours while he plays with this stuff. Because it uses nontoxic ingredients it also helps keep it safe for his little brother to play with. What I love is how easy it is to make.

What you’ll need to make Moon Sand


Canola Oil (or Vegetable oil)

Food coloring (optional)

Most recipes you’ll find out there include baby oil as an option, but because I have a toddler that’s always sticking things in his mouth I figure the safe bet is to go with something that is less toxic.

The ration is 1:8 meaning 1 cup of oil per 8 cups of flour. Meaning you use 2 cups of flour and 1/4 cup of oil. I tried to no avail to add various colors because well, food coloring is water based and oil and water really don’t mix. However, it did create some really neat color specs and so that’s why adding color is still a fun option.

All you have to do is mix it all up and let the fun begin. I put it in a pan and my toddler went to work. Moon sand recipe

It feels so neat and squishy in your fingers, best of all it holds shape making it pretty awesome to play with. You can use various cups and spoons to build stuff with it. 

or run it through your fingers and squish, squish, ,squish. 

It holds its shape so well you can even roll it up into a ball!

So if you’re looking for something fun to make with your little preschooler or even older kids, this is the perfect fun. They’ll enjoy the fun,sensory experience and variety of Moon Sand.

Looking for other fun ideas? Head over here to check out how to make edible Peanut butter Play dough. 


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  • Reply Lynne B

    Definitely an outdoor activity. Before I had kids, I remember giving Play Doh to a friend’s children. She laughed and said “I’ll remember this when you have kids!”, referring to the mess they make with it.

    May 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Mia

    I was searching for something to put in my grandson’s water table when it is not a good day to play in the water and found this. Perfect.

    May 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Super fun!! I love the color specks!! Reminds me of funfetti!!

    May 12, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Leigh Kitchens

    What a simple to make, non toxic sensory activity to make for kiddos. I want to play with it too! I had to pin it to have in the future with my grandson. I try to do a sensory activity most days when I am with him.

    May 12, 2017 at 6:06 am
  • Reply Cindy S.

    What a fun thing for kids to make! Quick, easy and great for good clean fun! Cheaper than buying it at the store too.

    May 12, 2017 at 4:18 am
  • Reply s powell

    This looks like a fun recipe

    May 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Barrie

    I love how easy this recipe is! I wish we had younger kids in our familiy but all are older!

    May 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    This is awesome! My kids are going to have so much fun with this stuff. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing how to make your own!

    May 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    My nephews and nieces would love this.

    May 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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