Make your own MOON SAND (crumbly, yet moldable and fun!)

I put together a few quick questions to see what you love/hate/wish was better on Make It and Love It.  Are you tired of something?  Wish there was more of something else?  Sometimes I get so used to how things are rolling (you know, like making tacos once a week for dinner because I thought everyone liked them.  Ooops, just found out Elli hates them!)…………..but I have been thinking lately that I’d really love to check in with you all, to see what you really enjoy and what I can maybe tweak a bit.  It keeps things fresh and fun for me too!  (So if you’d like March to be “Taco Month”, I could totally come up with 31 taco variations……Elli would LOVE that!)  So go on…..tell me what you really think! 🙂 -Ashley

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We had 2 snow days in a row this week.  And it wasn’t snowing either day.  I mean, there was snow on the ground……but the real reason school was canceled was because it was SO COLD outside.  As in, many degrees below zero…..and supposedly it “felt” like -37 degrees.  I wouldn’t know, because I never left.  Ha.

 

Anyway, because it was so ridiculously cold, the kids didn’t even want to play outside.  It was definitely nose-hair-freezing-cold though.  Ouch!

 

So, we had to whip up a few activities to have some indoor fun.  Well, after laundry was done, rooms tidied, and the dishwasher was emptied, of course.  (Leverage is amazing!)

 

I browsed the internet for something we could do…..and decided on making this stuff, all from stuff around the house:

 

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Plenty of sites shared their techniques……..so we just meshed them all together.  And made some bright vivid colors.

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

If you’ve never played with Moon Sand, it’s crumbly and almost “sand” like….

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

But can also be squished and molded together to create sculptures and shapes.  Pretty trippy stuff.

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Chloe loved it.  And got down and dirty in it….which surprised me.  She kept pinching it, mashing it, and crumbling it.  She preferred the “sandy” stage.

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

While Connor and Elli loved the shaping and molding stage.

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Snow Day #2 turned out to be a fun day for these three little nuggets!

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

(And yeah, it’s kinda messy and will probably fall onto the floor.  However, it cleans up extremely well and whatever happens to get left behind, will just dry up and turn powdery.  Wipe it up or vacuum…….really simple!)

 

 

 

This Moon Sand is pretty entertaining……especially in these bright vivid colors.  And “making” it is probably half the fun!

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Want to make some too?

 

 

This is all you need.  Corn starch, shaving cream (not gel), and food coloring (optional).

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

Amazon Corn Starch
Argo Corn Starch 16 oz. (3-Pack)

Amazon Shave Cream
Southwest Specialty Products 30007C Barbasol Can Safe

Amazon food Coloring
Neon Purple Green Pink Blue 4-pack Food Color

 

Okay, first of all, squirt a whole bunch (several cups??) of shaving cream into a mixing bowl.  I know other people add the coloring last…..but adding it to the shaving cream helps to blend the color more evenly.  Add several drops of food coloring…

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…and then let the kids mix, mix, mix.

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After the color is completely incorporated, start adding corn starch.  Start with about a 1/2 cup at first.

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Let them mix with their spoons to get it started…

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…but most likely, they’ll want to start using their hands.

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Just keep adding corn starch and moosh and mash until they incorporate…..and the mixture forms into a ball.  If you want a bigger ball, add more shaving cream and more corn starch and repeat.

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And yeah, it’s messy.  That’s why we made it in bowls, and not straight on the table.  But don’t worry about the food coloring.  A little soak in the tub later on, will take care of their hands!

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Such fun stuff!!  And something different from the regular ol’ play-dough.

 

Yesterday was a snow day SUCCESS!

Make your own Moon Sand (crumbly, yet moldable)........great indoor activity! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

Let me know if you give this a try and how it went for you!

-Ashley

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