DIY Moon Sand for Sensory Play

DIY Moon Sand for Sensory Play

Hi there! I’m so excited to show you how to make this easy DIY Moon Sand that’s great for sensory play. It’s super soft unlike normal kinetic sand, so it’s great for kids that don’t like rough textures. It can be shaped and molded like regular wet sand, and you can also trace letters and shapes in it. Plus, you can add toys (I recommend washable bath toys) to make it even more fun! I also add in essential oil to make it a calming experience for little ones. Here’s what you’ll need to make this DIY Moon Sand.

You might also like my 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough Recipe – it’s been pinned over 21,000 times on Pinterest!

DIY Moon Sand for Sensory Play


  • All purpose flour
  • Vegetable or baby oil
  • Essential oil. As long as your little one isn’t sensitive to oils, you can add in a couple drops of lavender for calming, or mint for stimulating.

Grab a large wide container with high sides. I used a baking dish for this batch, but small plastic storage tubs are even better! The ratio of oil to flour is 1:8. This makes it easy to adjust measurements for the amount of moon sand you want to make. I put 2 cups of flour into the dish, and then added 1/4 cup of vegetable oil. I also added in about 4 drops of lavender essential oil. This made a good amount of sand for 1-2 kids.

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Use a spoon to start mixing the flour and oil. The oil will break up into small balls, and you’ll need to go in with your hands to break up the oil and massage it into the flour. Be patient and keep working it in, and eventually the flour will take on the consistency of wet crumbled sand. Make sure all the flour has some oil worked into it. You should now be able to mold the sand, squish it flat in the dish, and crumble it up back into a sandy texture.

DIY Moon Sand for Sensory Play

When you can make a ball of it with your hands, it’s all ready! Now you can mold your sand, and even draw shapes and letter with a finger or chopstick.

DIY Moon Sand for Sensory Play

Keep your sand in an airtight container when you’re not playing with it, and it should last for a few weeks! Keep in mind that if you use vegetable oil like I did, it’s safer if some ends up in a toddler’s mouth but it won’t last as long as if you use baby oil. I hope you all enjoy making this DIY Moon Sand with your little ones!

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