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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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  1. Lovely! Can't wait to try this out for summer projects as we don't have a sandbox any longer but still love to play with sand :)

    1. Yes, its great for indoor play, its really not too messy either!

  2. Think you could do this in an outdoor sandbox with a cover?

  3. Visiting from Tuesday Tots. My Family-Focused Monday hop is live now and I would love to see one of your awesome posts linked up @ www.mondaykidcorner.blogspot.com.

    Have a wonderful week.

  4. Such a great post!! Thanks for sharing your secret "recipe"! This is such a fun thing for the kids, I am sure so many will love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it at For the Kids Fridays! I am featuring you this week! You've been pinned, and I'll be sharing this post on Facebook later today! :) Yippee!!

  5. oooh that is great. My little girl would love it.

    Thanks for linking to Fun Sparks. xx

  6. This looks awesome ... thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Summer Playdough Activities post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/06/10/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-summer-playdough-activities/

  7. looks like fun! we do the cloud dough, but it's a mess! I was thinking about just doing good old fashioned Brown sugar next time for my 1 year old, because everything goes in his mouth

  8. Does this need to be stored in an airtight container??


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