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DIY Home Sensory Activity: Moon sand

Updated: Aug 3, 2021


Prep time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Estimated Cost: 10 AED

Mess level: Medium

Age: 2 plus

What you need

  • Tray/trough

  • 8 cups of flour

  • 1 cup of baby oil

  • Tools/scoops etc


Prepare play tray/trough.

Mix flour with baby oil.

Encourage the children to mix the ‘sand’ and let it run through their fingers.

Ask them questions about colour and texture.


Colour the sand with a few drops of liquid food colouring. To give your moon sand a scent, add a few drops of baking extract such as lemon or vanilla. You can also add spices to ‘spice’ things up!


When children use moon sand they enhance their sensory skills, start to build on their language development (by using descriptive words), fine-tune their fine and gross motor skills, develop their imagination, and enjoy open-ended play. Children can also learn about colours and begin to build their mathematical abilities.

Ways to adapt:

  • Add measuring tools, containers and funnels to the sand and encourage the children to use them to filter the sand. Ask them what happens when they do this.

  • Encourage them to construct shapes with the sand by using moulds and spoons (and their hands).

  • Ask questions: Does the sand stay in the shape? Why does it stay in the shape? Could it be because we added baby oil? Does sand without baby oil stay in a shape? Encourage the children to use their imagination to build cities or other creations with the sand.

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