Invitation to Create Moon Sand Monsters

Invitation to Create Moon Sand Monsters

The rascals love invitation to play and create set ups. This week I decided to have a go at making some moon sand; and with a selection of loose parts, invite the kids to create sand monsters.

Invitation to create sand monsters

I did some research on how to make moon sand. I came up with a common recipe which involved 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil. Since this was a trial I decided to use only 2 cups of plain flour and a 1/4 cup of oil. I actually didn't have any baby oil so I used olive oil since I read from a few different sources that any oil could work. Although I think baby oil would give it a delightful smell, I liked the idea of making it taste safe and would like to try using coconut oil next time.

Moon Sand Monsters

Sand monsters invitation to create with homemade moonsand. I've never made moon sand before and I wasn't entirely satisfied with my first attempt. It was moldable but crumbled too easily for my liking. Totally keen to give it another whirl.

The recipe I used was 8 cups flour to 1 cup oil; as it was my first attempt I went for 2 cups flour and 1/4 cup olive oil. I added some food dye and realized it was next to impossible to completely dye the flour. The oil stopped it from dispersing. It did leave a speckled pattern so I added lots of colors, rubbed the mixture between my fingers to create a speckled rainbow sand. 
The rascals love when I set up an invitation to create. This time I gave them lots of loose parts recycled from previous activities. They set about making sand monsters. The set up contained pipe cleaners, cut of straws, googly eyes, craft sticks and the moon sand in a container.

Things did get messy but that's part of the fun. They loved the texture of sand, the feel of it through their fingers and I enjoyed watching their creative process and listening to their chatter about their creations.

Moon Sand Monsters

The rascals love when I set up an invitation to create. This time I gave them lots of loose parts recycled from previous activities. They set about making sand monsters. The set up contained pipe cleaners, cut of straws, googly eyes, craft sticks and the moon sand in a container.

Things did get messy but that's part of the fun. They loved the texture of sand, the feel of it through their fingers and I enjoyed watching their creative process and listening to their chatter about their creations.

invitation to create moon sand monsters
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