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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Homemade Moon Sand....FAIL!

Edit to add:  Our moon sand was great for a few days, and then it turned nasty...very, very nasty.  Don't make my mistake and use cornmeal instead of cornstarch...unless you only want it to last for a couple of days :)

The girls and I had fun making and playing with homemade Moon Sand last week. We made moon sand with O(5) when she was younger (probably 2), and it was really messy. This time we used a different recipe, and I liked it better. Here is the link to the blog where this idea originated. To make moon sand you need 4 cups of sand, 2 cups of corn meal (the recipe says corn flour, but we used corn meal...evidently I was supposed to use corn starch.  However, it worked out fine with the corn meal, and I like it better since we used cornstarch last time, and it was terribly messy.  I'm not sure how long it will last...I'll let you know), and 1 cup of water. We ended up tripling the recipe and adding a little bit of extra water.

The girls took turns pouring in the ingredients, and they loved mixing the dry sand and corn meal. I added in some mini construction vehicles, and we had a work site!
I had fun playing with them, and O(5) asked "Mama, how do you know so much about construction?" so I must have done a good job of pretending! We were excited when Elliott played with us, too!
They tired of the construction zone fairly quickly and started cooking with the big surprise there :)


  1. Where I'm from corn flour means cornstarch - which would make something different altogether.

  2. Ooooohhh...that looks like fun! My kids would love it!

  3. When cornflour is called for in a recipe it means cornstarch. Looks like the girls had fun though!

  4. Last time we made it, we used corn starch. Even if the corn meal was the wrong thing, I think it turned out much better :)

  5. I came to comment the same, I immediately thought after your comment to go check what country the linked blog was in.... but been beat to it.. that blog is australian so in australia it means cornstarch.

    still looks fun and the girls had a good time.. maybe you've found another unique way to make moon sand!!!

  6. MY toddler loves moonsand, but it's been a while since we've made a batch! I think that will be this afternoon's activity :) thanks for the idea (Found your post through pinterest)