How to make your own moon sand

Updated April 17, 2017

Moon sand is a special kind of moist sand that children enjoy playing with because they can mould it into different shapes. Children use their imaginations to create many interesting structures with moon sand, such as castles, characters, cars and towns. Moon sand doesn't stick, stain or dry out, so it can be used over and over again. Making your own moon sand is cheaper and easier than buying it from a toy shop.

Mix the water and corn starch together in a large bowl with either your hands or a spoon until it is very smooth with no lumps.

Add about a fifth of the sand to the mixture. Work the sand into the mixture with your hands. Add another portion of sand. Work that into the mixture as well. Continue adding sand into the mixture about 250 ml (1 cup) at a time until all the sand is worked into the mixture.

Add a few drops of food colouring to the mixture and work it in until you get the colour you want.

Store the moon sand in airtight containers at room temperature.


Add glitter to your moon sand for a sparkling effect that many little girls like.

Add around 30 ml (2 tbsp) of water to the moon sand with each use if your moon sand starts to dry out.

Buy sand from builder's merchants or DIY shops.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) builder's sand
  • 750 ml (3 cups) corn starch
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) cold water
  • Food colouring
  • Large bowl
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