This is not really anything new… it’s in the Kid’s Science Experiment and Art Project booklet I put together for Big J’s birthday a year and a half ago after all. But, we just got around to actually experimenting and playing with this yesterday. If you haven’t tried out moon sand with your kids yet, you absolutely should. It’s a lot of fun. A bit messy, but it cleaned up pretty easy. And, the best part, Big J played with it for like an hour. Seriously. Little J spent about 15 minutes playing with it, but he’s not quite two and for him to stay in one place for 15 minutes is a bit of a huge deal. Definitely a keeper. And it seems to store well, so score one for re-usability!
– Mix sand and cornstarch in a bowl until well combined.
– Add the water while you slowly stir the mixture to combine. The water and cornstarch will create a non-newtonian fluid and you’ll have to stir slowly or it will solidify and not mix well.
– When it’s all mixed up, dump out on a cookie sheet and let the kids go to town. We used some cookie cutters, plastic utensils and plastic cups. The cups were the biggest hit. My boys loved making “moon castles” and then chopping them up with plastic knives. Because it’s not really fun, unless you can destroy it…
– Store in an air tight container when you’re finished. If it starts to dry out, add a little bit of water. We actually had to do that a couple times while Big J was playing because he had it out for so long. You can see in the photo below that it’s starting to dry out a little. We added a teaspoon or so of water and it moistened right back up and play time went on for another 25 minutes!
So, if you need a break, whip up some moon sand and sit back! This would be awesome to play with outside too. Super easy clean up. I would’ve done that except it was cloudy and cold yesterday, but this will be making a reappearance this Spring as the weather gets warmer.