This stuff is C-double O-L!
My toddler and I ventured to the local kid's museum today. Last week was Super Clean Week. This morning was an hour for members only. It was delightful.
Even more delightful, the new exhibits that were recently added - a giant Light Bright and a Moon Sand table. As soon as I saw it, I just had to put my hands in the Moon Sand. It looks like really soft beach sand, but it's different. It's pliable and moldable and not nearly as messy as regular sand. Clearly, NHV and the other kiddos loved it! And so I added "research Moon Sand" to the top of my To Do List, and here I am ... sharing what I've learned with you.
Here's the product summary from the manufacturer:
Moon Sand let's anyone bring home the beach and in colors too. This revolutionary new material feels and acts like wet sand and molds to any shape you can imagine. Squish it, shape it, mold it, Moon Sand never dries out and can be used over and over again for never ending fun. It's even water and liquid repellent. Bake your creation in a low oven and it becomes rock hard, even suitable for carving. Bake it again and it crumples back into its original shape to be used over again and still won't dry out. Clean up easily and won't stick or stain. Sand expands to twice its size out of the package.
I found this information on Amazon along with a 5lb bucket for under $10 + shipping. Looks like it's also available at Target, which would save you the shipping.
And leave it to all those clever bloggers out there. I also found a recipe for homemade Moon Sand. I can't recommend it - one way or another - because I haven't tried it YET, but I will ... and I'll let you know.
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE MOON SAND
This makes 1 "batch" - probably enough to get your kiddo started and figure out if you like it or not. I will probably get all the supplies and then host a playdate where everyone makes some Moon Sand to take home with them. (resource)
- 6 cups of play sand (I think you can get a big bag for like $5.)
- 3 cups of cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups of cold water
- Mix the water and cornstarch together thoroughly, this will take a few minutes to get it nice and smooth.
- Gradually mix in the sand, one cup at a time. You'll need to really work it in with your fingers.
- Play with it!
- When you're all done, pop it in an airtight container.
- When you next play with it, you'll need to revive it with 2-3 tablespoons of water. Just sprinkle it over and work it in.
- If you want the Moon Sand to be colored, add a few drops of food coloring