Moon sand is fun, but it’s much cheaper to make your own, especially if you want a lot. This is a fun sensory play material that you can put together with just cornstarch, shaving cream, and food coloring. We had so much fun with our homemade moon sand! It feels really soft and squishy, and you can mold it and then crush it back into sand again.
To make homemade moon sand, you want to mix approximately equal amounts of shaving cream and cornstarch, but it doesn’t matter if it’s all that exact.
To make the amount that you see here, we mixed two and a half 16 oz. boxes of cornstarch, one can of shaving cream, and about 1/3 of a bottle of food coloring. We used Gilette Sensitive shaving cream (it was on sale) and it made our hands nice and soft!
Squish everything together. We used a plastic under-the-bed box for mixing and playing. Next time, I will stir the food coloring into the shaving cream before mixing as it took a lot of mixing to get it evenly distributed.
This stuff holds its shape like sand. It is softer and wetter than the snow dough we made back in January. If you want yours to be more moist and less crumbly, just add more shaving cream.
The boys had fun making castles out of the moon sand by packing it into containers. We’ve never been to the beach, so it was fun to make a “sand” castle!
This stuff does get a little messy, of course, but it swept up easily off the tile. When the weather is warmer, we may just play with it outside.
To see what a wetter version (more shaving cream) looks like, check out this post on foam dough from Fun at Home with Kids. We may make it that way next time!
I’m not sure how long this will keep. I put the lid on our container, and the dough is still fine after 5 days. I am guessing that because of the shaving cream it won’t last as long as our snow dough did (cornstarch and oil). That stuff lasts forever!