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Moon Sand Recipe

It's squishy yet crumbly, and you can mold with it or smash it to smithereens. Kids love it, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients on hand. Here's how to make moon sand.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • medium / large bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • fork
  • Quart-sized mason jar (or any glass jar) with a lid



  • Add arrowroot powder or cornstarch to a medium/large bowl.
  • If you’re using food coloring, now is the time to add it to your coconut oil. We added a teaspoon. The dye won’t fully mix with the oil, but I’ve found that whisking with a fork does help the color distribute more evenly, and once you combine the oil with the flour the dye will mix in.
  • Add the coconut oil to the cornstarch/arrowroot powder and mix everything together. We started with a fork and then finished up with our fingers.
  • When our moon sand was fully mixed the color was still pretty light. For natural food coloring I like India Tree, but I didn’t want to use my entire stash so I started trying to think of a way to adapt my natural Easter egg dye recipes. 
    I’d succeeded once before with naturally colored homemade play dough, but because this is an oil-based recipe I didn’t want to include a water-based dye. To may my own dye, I grabbed some non-gmo glycerin and a few blueberries, then tossed them in a pan to simmer over low heat for a few minutes.
    Once the glycerin reached a deep ruby color, I strained out the blueberries and then mixed in the glycerin until the color reached the intensity I wanted. Another option mentioned by a reader is to use dried, powdered fruits and veggies. She tinted hers with spirulina powder and it made a beautiful green-blue color.
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    pot with blueberries


  • Our moon sand has been placed in a glass storage jar until it’s needed again. I’m thinking I’ll pull it out the next time the potami are waiting not-so-patiently for dinner to be ready. 🙂


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