Moon sand/ Cloud Dough is an awesome sensory play (one of the easiet sensory bin fillers). The texture feels great on hands and kids of all ages love it. Its powdery like flour and its also moldable like damp sand. My LOs love it and it keeps them busy for hours.
This activity started as a fail because i was trying to make something else which i found on pinterest. Unfortunately it dint quite seem to work. I thought it was a fail and Miss A(3 yrs) who was eagerly waiting for something to play with got upset. But i found mixing cornstarch and dishsoap made a dough. Thought of using it like a playdough but it was too stretchy and was sticking to hands – more like silly putty (i was not keen on it). Added more cornstarch to it and it became a little powdery(guess i added too much😉). When i tried to work on it, i noticed it was moldable, even though it was powdery. It was just like the cloud dough😀😀. So, I added more corn starch and dishsoap to make more of it. This mixture was even more silkier & softer than the usual cloud dough & so I decided to call it Silky Moon Sand! It sticks to your hands(just like any homemade cloud dough), but very easy to wash off & smells really good – the dish soap was orange scented.
What you neeed
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid (dish soap)
- Mix the dish soap and corn starch in a bowl. The mixture should be powdery like flour yet moldable.
- Depending on your dish soap if your mixture is very sticky add more cornstarch or if its too dry add dishsoap to it.
- Transfer the contents to a bin. Add cups, scoops, sand toys, cookie cutters, silicone molds- really anything to it.
I added the sweet shoppee play set tools which Miss As Godmother gifted for her birthday. This theme can be great for summer. But who said you cannot enjoy some ice cream during fall😋. This activity turned out to be a huge hit in our home. Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) loved the way the Silky Moon Sand felt on their hands. They were busy making cakes, cupcakes, ice cones and soft serves. They had a lot of fun – kept them engaged for more than an hour, after which they started dumping it on the floor.
Clean up was pretty easy. I just had to vaccum the floor and the bins and tools which we used washed off clean with water. If you worry about messy floors you could take this activity outside. We had a gloomy weather and had to stay indoors. You could also spread a sheet on floor before they start playing. But if your kids are anything like my kids (cant contain them to a place, they keep running around to find more stuff to play with it) then don’t mind 😂. Also, this activity made me appreciate the value in things even when it didn’t go as planned. 👍