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Moon Sand

Using different household items, make moon sand (also known as kinetic sand). Use this moon sand to make different shapes as you discover how this sand differs from regular sand.

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Plan

  • What supplies will you need for this activity?
  • How will you make sure that the sand stays in one area?
  • Where will you get sand?

Do

  • Put your sand in a big bowl or other similar dish.
  • Add the corn starch to the sand and mix them until they’re well combined.
  • Mix together the dish soap and water in a separate container until fully mixed and a little bit bubbly.
  • Add the water and dish soap to the cornstarch and sand mixture, mix until well combined.
  • If the sand seems too dry, add water until it reaches a consistency you like!
  • Play with your sand – use sand toys or your hands to mould it. What happens when you hold the sand?

Review

  • What was the moon sand like to play with?
  • What ingredients turned your regular sand into moon sand?
  • How is the moon sand different from regular sand?

Materials

Materials list is per pair or small group

  • 6 cups of play sand (buying sand for this is recommended, sand from your local playground is likely too dirty).
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dish soap
  • ¾ cup of water

Keep it Simple

Take it Further

  • Find different methods of making moon sand or kinetic sand and try making a couple different recipes. What things are similar? Which are different?