How to Make Homemade Moon Sand {So Easy}

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Flour and Baby Oil to Make Moon sand

My sons always want to dig, get messy and play with their shovels. This summer has been extremely hot and with an infant, we aren’t spending a lot of time out in the heat. I have heard from people that flour and baby oil mixed creates a homemade moon sand. I decided to try it out to give my little guys a way to dig indoors.


  • Flour (14 cups)
  • Baby Oil (20oz)
  • Container (I used a long under-the-bed plastic tote that was $8 at Target)

Simply mix the flour and baby oil and you have homemade moon sand! The measurements do not have to be precised. I used about 12-14 cups of flour and a whole bottle of baby oil. You can make a smaller batch in a smaller container if you prefer. I used a larger one because I have two sons that would be playing with it at the same time. It was better than I thought it was going to be. The texture was perfect. It can form/mold when compacted, yet easily fall apart with pressure.

Flour and Baby Oil Forms a Ball

My boys like to drive cars in the ‘sand’ so we make roads and hills.

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They also love to make castles (I think they may like destroying them more though).

Making castles with moon sand

They could play with if for hours if I let them. It is a little messy, but messy is fun! Oh, and it smells good!

*A little tip, if you have any rings on, I recommend taking them off before you mix or play with it. I didn’t take my ring off when I mixed it and played with them. Afterwards I realized I had flour and ‘sand’ caked into every little crevice.


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13 comments on How to Make Homemade Moon Sand {So Easy}

  • Rita Spratlen

    Thanks for the wonderful idea. My grandson would love this!! You are so smart!!

  • Chelsea

    Great idea but on average how long does it last for?

    • Samantha (author)

      I switch mine out every month. I think it could last longer, but I have a 20lb of flour I need to use up :)

  • Dana

    Can you add food coloring to it

  • Faith

    I believe you can with food coloring as long as you mix with oil first and then add to flour

    • Samantha (author)

      Thanks for the tip! I am definitely going to try that!

  • Shayne

    Great idea! I have “quasi” 2 step sons, 7 & 9, and niece -in -law I love like my own. My “might-as-well-be” hubby & I are both disabled, so always on look-out for easy but interesting things for the kids to do. By using food color & a color wheel I can also give them an art lesson in primary & secondary color. I’m new to parenting, no kids of my own, but not new to kids. Took several classes in high school & college, worked for several pediatric specialists & surgeons. It’s been an amazing journey that has enriched my life in ways I never imagined. In return i’m learning all I can about being a nifty “almost step” mom.

  • Tabatha

    I made this awesome sand this morning for my two youngest (2 and 3yrs old) boys…they LOVE it!!! They played for HOURS with it lol that is a record in our house! Thanks for sharing this!! :)

    • Samantha (author)

      That is great to hear! Thanks!!!

  • Elizabeth

    For babies who still put everything into their mouths, I make this with infant rice cereal and coconut oil.

    • Samantha (author)

      Great idea!!! Thanks!

  • Mindy

    Does cooking oil work also?

    • Samantha (author)

      I haven’t tried cooking oil, but I don’t think it would have the same feeling or texture.

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