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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Perfect Mouldable Play Sand

Just before christmas I picked up a small box of Moonsand from our local charity shop for 50p and Jake loves playing with it, unfortunately there isn't very much in the box and having looked at the price of it new, I won't be buying anymore! So I decided to look for how to make your own. I found this lovely looking recipe from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning. It didn't quite work for us, we may have used too much water, or possibly our sand is a bit coarse and so didn't absorb the water or mix with cornflour enough (I'm not a scientist - just guessing!) so it's mould-ability wasn't great and the mixture would sort of slip away after shaping. So I thought I would experiment to see if I could make something that worked for us. And this is what I came up with...

So the all important recipe that I came up with: 
  • 4 cups of sand 
  • 2 cups of cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 1 cup of water 
  • 1 cup of flour 
  • a drizzle of oil, probably about 1tsp
Mix the dry ingredients up and then add the water and oil. The important thing is to add the water slowly, and then add more if necessary after giving the mixture a good kneading. 
Jake had great fun making sandcastles and shell prints! I had a lot of fun playing with it too. It's a lovely sensory material; it sort of feels just like damp sand, but a bit softer, like moonsand/moondough, but its not sticky and messy on your hands. I also much prefer this to cloud dough as the oil content is much less and so doesn't clog up the carpets and hoover! Win! 

I'd love to hear if you make this how it turns out, or if you have a similar recipe to try out! For more of our play recipes click here. 

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