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I like the idea of being a craft mom…. but I do not enjoy being a craft mom. Or rather, I do not like the aftermath of being a craft mom.
I used to do crafts and sensory play stuff with my kids… back when I had just one or two kids! Once I had my third, the thought of mess overruled any benefit of play and I stopped doing crafts and left it up to grandma’s house to cover that area of my kids’ lives. What would we do without grandmas?
However, every now and then I’ll feel a smidgen of guilt and I’ll break out the fun stuff for my kids (confession, it’s usually just when I want to write a craft blog post… what can I say, my kids are getting major blogger’s kid perks).
Being the natural mama that I am, I don’t really want them playing with products that have weird ingredients. This leaves me to making our own craft products.
Now moon sand is probably the world’s easiest craft to make. It doesn’t require cooking like playdough does. It’s not as messy as homemade slime and it definitely doesn’t require the time to make like herbal window clings.
All those are extreme fun and entertaining projects for the kiddos by the way but when you want a non-toxic craft in less than a minute, moon sand is where it’s at!
What is Moon Sand?
Moon sand (or sometimes called cloud dough) is basically moldable flour. It’s not actually sand which is honestly great because flour is so much smoother and feels great when squished with your hands. It’s soft, it crumbles, it forms. Hours of entertainment as my kids just displayed today when even my pre-teen boys played with it for a solid hour!
As I already mentioned, I want non-toxic craft products for my kids. In fact, it’s even better if it’s edible! Not that I want my kids to actually eat this stuff but it’s nice to know that if they do eat it, I don’t have to worry even a little bit.
This moon sand is 100% safe! It’s safe to play with and even safe to eat. Not that they’d want to because it’s basically just flour but you can rest easy if your toddler suddenly has moon sand in their mouth.
Ingredients in Moon Sand
Some moon sand recipes use baby oil but I like to avoid as it’s a petroleum product and obviously not edible. Instead my recipe uses coconut oil because coconut oil is safe, edible, and well I like using coconut oil for everything!
Most moon sand recipes use food dyes to color the sand and while my kids aren’t (hopefully) going to be investing the food dye (which is usually the main concern when it comes to food dyes) I don’t necessarily want it coating their skin either.
Now, I could just use natural food dyes but they tend to be a bit pricey and often times I don’t have them in the home. Instead, I decided to use herbal powders. Even if you aren’t into herbal remedies, you likely have at least some herb powders or spices that you can use! (check the bottom of the post for some herb ideas)
Herbal powders will not be as bright as commercial food dyes but they will be about as vibrant as natural food dyes would be. For pastel shades use 1/2 teaspoon herbal powder. For slightly more vibrant shades use 1 teaspoon herbal powder.
Also if you were wondering… the herbal powders do not dye your little one’s hands. My son played with the beet powder moon sand for at least an hour today and while his palms were ever so slightly pink after playing, it all washed off instantly.
Herbal Moon Sand
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
Mix well using your hands. (this really is the best and fastest way to mix the moon sand)
Once well mixed, you are done and your kiddos can start playing!
Store in a jar or container when not playing.
Less Mess Tip: Moon sand is messy. Expect your little one to be covered in flour by then end of playtime. To help contain the mess, place moon sand on a baking sheet that has a lip to it.
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