DIY Seashell Moon Sand (an easy sensory activity)

DIY Seashell Moon Sand (an easy sensory activity)
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Tomorrow morning we’re heading to Jacksonville Beach to spend the week at an Air B&B (I’m packing as soon as I publish this post!) so I’ve had ocean-y things on my mind for a while.

Here’s a super-easy sensory activity that’s perfect for using all the seashells you collected during a beach vacation — whether that was yesterday or 4 years ago.

This recipe for DIY moon sand (sometimes also called moon dough or cloud dough) is simple and quick, and you probably already have the ingredients on hand.

It’s great for squishing, molding, packing, squeezing, or just letting it slide through your fingers.

Honestly, playing with this stuff is very calming at any age, especially when you have a lot of stuff on your mind and need to clear your head.

If you want your moon sand to smell good (and why wouldn’t you?) you can add a little vanilla and/or cinnamon to the dough.

It looks just like beach sand, but if you want a variation, you can add blue and/or green oil-based food coloring to give it an ocean look.

This can get pretty messy, so I would recommend either having your kids play with it outside or putting a beach towel underneath the bin.

 

 

Moon Sand Supplies

Flour, baby oil, seashells for DIY moon sand

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baby oil
  • Bin or tray (these or these work way
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Seashells
  • Food coloring, vanilla, and/or cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions for Making Moon Sand

  1. Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl.

    Flour in bowl to make moon sand

  2.  

  3. Add the baby oil. (If you’d like your moon sand to be colored, stir some food coloring into the baby oil before adding it.)

    Add baby oil to flour

  4.  

  5. If you want your moon sand to smell nice, add a couple drops of vanilla and/or a few shakes of cinnamon.
  6.  

  7. Stir the baby oil into the flour. It’ll take some time to get all of the dough and oil mixed together well, so just hang in there.

    Stir the flour and baby oil mixture

  8.  

  9. Once you get the dough mixed well enough, continue mixing the dough with your hands until most of the dough and oil are no longer in big clumps.

    Bowl of dough without spoon

  10.  

  11. Pour the dough into the sensory bin or tray.

    Put dough in tray

  12.  

  13. Add the seashells any way you like and have fun!

    Three shells in dough

     

    One long seashell in moon sand

     

     

    Vertical full tray of sand

 

 

Vertical full tray of sand

DIY Seashell Moon Sand

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Materials

  • 8 cups flour
  • 1 cup baby oil
  • Bin
  • Seashells

Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large spoon

Instructions

  1. Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the baby oil. 
  3. Stir the baby oil into the flour.
  4. Once you get the dough mixed well enough, continue mixing the dough with your hands until most of the dough and oil are no longer in big clumps.
  5. Pour the dough into the sensory bin or tray
  6. Add the seashells any way you like and have fun!

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