Do your kids love moon sand? My kids definitely do! In addition to being good for sensory and tactile development, it is just good fun! For everyone who might not have come across it yet, it’s sand that is moldable. You can squish it into shapes using your hands or toys-kind of like perfect beach sand!
A few days ago one of my mom friends let me in on a little secret. You can make moon sand at home with just two cheap ingredients! It’s much less expensive than store-bought moon sand, it’s completely safe (it’s edible) and it’s really soft! We even put a few drops of essential oil in ours which made it smell so good.
Here is what we used:
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- A few drops essential oil (optional)
Just blend together adding the vegetable oil a little at a time, stopping when you like the consistency. We used the full cup.
Mix and add a few drops of essential oils if you would like. You should be ready to go!
The kids had a lot of fun with our kitchen toys. The play “sand” was great for making ice cream. Next time I think we will get the dump trucks out and make an excavation site!
Why is sensory play so important? Kids are drawn towards sensory experiences. That is the way they learn about their environment. Babies and toddlers constantly put things in their mouths-I know mine did! This stimulates senses and allows them to be able to identify objects in the future, differentiating between different attributes-temperature, texture, color, taste and more. Playing with things like moon sand, play doh, water, etc. also allows them to build fine motor skills too!