Sensory Table: Moon Sand / Cloud Dough Recipe

Moon Sand is super easy to make

Recipe #1

9 cups Flour
1 1/4 cup baby oil

Variation: To make colored Moon Sand
We added 1/8 of a cup of Powdered Tempera Paint to the above recipe split into three so per 3 cups flour add 1/8 cup powdered tempera mix well and then add baby oil.

Variation 2: Make it Smelly
Add 1/8 of a cup of cocoa powder to make it smell chocolatey! Or add some Food flavoring extracts like banana, raspberry, strawberry etc. What ever you have! Or you can add koolaid! I add 2 to 3 packs per 1/3 of this recipe so you can create three different colors/ scents with one batch just split into thirds.

Variation 3: Make it Sparkle
Add some glitter to your Moon Sand to make it sparkle

Variation 4: Make it Cold
Put your Moon Sand in the freezer for a chilly sensory experience. This is great for summer time fun!
Directions:Mix and enjoy!

Recipe #2

This recipe has a different consistency then the store bought. It is a lot of fun let me know if you give it a try

4 cups sand
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup of water

Mix and Enjoy

Recipe #3

This recipe gives it a bright white color making it look more like snow!

4 cups cornstarch
3/4 to 1 cup vegetable oil
Make it Sparkle
Add some glitter to your Moon Sand to make it sparkle

Recipe #4
1Box cornstarch
1 Can shaving cream

Mix until shaving cream is combined completely with cornstarch

Pictures from Recipe Number 3

Pictures from Recipe Number 1 Chocolate Variation



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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Every time my kiddos play with moon sand they get totally coated in the stuff! I have made the top recipe without the powered paint and it comes off in the wash so easily. I just wonder what it would be like in the wash with the powered paint once the water of the washing machine gets to it? Did you have any issues with that?

  2. Any idea how long this recipe will keep?

    • debra92691 says:

      I have had it keep for a month it probably would have been good for longer but I decided a month was long enough.

  3. Lori Seydel says:

    What about using food coloring will that stain?

    • debra92691 says:

      not sure? I used the powdered coloring i.e. powdered tempera paint, kool aid, cocoa, because you can mix it in evenly with the flour before adding the oil. not sure how the food coloring with mix since you can’t add it to the oil. Or iguess you could but you would have to buy a lipid (fat) based food coloring those are expensive. Try it and let me know how it works!

    • I tried adding food coloring but it doesn’t mix well with the oil or flour, so we just had a few blue grains here and there. I added vanilla, too, to make it more appealing. Makes a huge mess in my preschool classroom, but worth it – it keeps them calm and busy for close to half an hour!

      • debra92691 says:

        yes food coloring does not mix well unless you use thee fat based cake food coloring like Wiltons to the oil. It has to be lipid (fat) based for it to mix with the oil. Most food coloring we buy is water based so wont mix well. That is why I suggested koolaid, or powdered tempera paint to color these.

  4. Love these ideas! Question, do you think baby oil /gel/ would work?

  5. Thx exactly what I needed

  6. I love the baby oil/ flour recipe! I did not have powdered paint so we used crushed chalk and it worked beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  7. Tracy Graham says:

    Does the Koolaid stain?

    • I haven’t had any issues with staining. That being said I never have moon sand indoors. We always have it outside. I can see if you get it wet it might be an issue. Ours is kept away from water which would ruin your moonsand anyway.

  8. Whitney says:

    Can any other type of oil be used? I would love to make this for my 2 kids (13 months and almost 3), but the little one still puts everything in his mouth! Would vegetable/canola/ olive oil work or would it be too heavy?

  9. Grandmother says:

    Tried the moonsand flour recipe, and it worked great for my childcare kids, they loved the texture and smell.

  10. Try using cheap drugstore blush or eyeshadow to color the moonsand. I had some blue shadow that we used for a costume party that was left over. It worked perfectly.

  11. Hello, wondering how long these recipes – specifically the 4th one (corn starch and shaving cream) – would last in an air tight container?

  12. Nikki Russell says:

    If I use the flour/oil recipe, can I use just the kool-aid for the smell and color? I do not have any powder paint and I can only find one pound jugs of it online.

  13. where did you get the powder paint ??… I went to Michaels and they didn’t have it …Walmart didn’t have it … target didn’t have it … and I don’t need enough to order off line but we did do the corn starch and shaving cream recipe and I use shaved chalk and it works pretty good I just didn’t like the whole chalk thing I feel it could have been better and worked great with the powered paint … but I did buy some colored sand so I’m going to try the sand recipe today I hope the color sand works just as good as adding powder paint to the sand since I couldn’t find the powder paint
    Thank you very much. ..
    My kids love moon sand and will & already have enjoyed ur recipes

    • debra92691 says:

      I buy mine from lakeshore learning. It lasts forever so I have had mine for 6 years maybe longer. I have seen it at the michaels by me as well. But I know lakeshore always Carries it.

  14. With the third recipe, would I be able to do corn starch and baby oil instead of vegetable oil? Is the third recipe as moldable as the first?

  15. Storing it in a zip lock baggy, how long does it keep? Can or should I keep it cold or room temp?

    • debra92691 says:

      I have kept it for three weks with no issues. I could have kept it for longer but decided to switch it out. this was kept at room temperature.

  16. I tried the sand, cornstarch, and water mix and after a week it smelled ROTTEN. Stunk up my whole kitchen. Will be trying the flour and baby oil recipe tonight!

  17. What is the yield for the recipes?

    • debra92691 says:

      there are several different recipes here. Let me know which one and I can give you a better idea of how much there is. For the first recipe for example it is 9 cups

  18. Mahea Kaloi says:

    HI! I was wondering what type of sand needs to be used to make moon sand. Grainy or thin?

  19. Does creamy baby oil work?

    • debra92691 says:

      I honestly have never used creamy baby oil. I would suggest making a small batch and testing it out. Let me know how it goes.

  20. Tiffany M says:

    I was wondering which one is your favorite. I have a class of 3-5 year olds with lots of different sensory issues and wanted to know is each one different texture wise? Is the sand one rough? Does the cornstarch and shaving cream make it smooth?


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