How to Make Taste-Safe Moon Sand

How to Make Taste-Safe Moon Sand

Moon sand is a special craft sand that can hold its shape for a brief time similar to the sand you find at the beach.  Most moon sand recipes require actual sand, but not this one!  This recipe uses ingredients from your kitchen and is safe if it accidentally finds its way into your young child’s mouth.

Playing with moon sand is not only a wonderful sensory experience, it also strengthens the muscles in your child’s hands.  While shaping the sand with their fingers, children are developing fine motor skills which are necessary for gripping a pencil, cutting with scissors, and writing.

Follow the instructions on this recipe to make a Taste-Safe Moon Sand your child will enjoy playing with for hours to come!

Taste-Safe Moon Sand


  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Optional: Food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, mix the corn starch and the corn meal.
  2. If you are using food coloring, add it first to the oil and then add the oil to the mixture.
  3. Knead together well until the oil is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  4. Store in an airtight container.


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Age Groups:

Advanced Pre-K

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