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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Moon sand Tutorial

Guess what! You can actually make moonsand really cheaply.  I suppose you could make it organic (but you've got problems if your kids is eating sand:)

Anyway the recipe is 3 ingredients
6 parts play sand - you can get a bag at Home Depot really cheaply - it also comes already colored if you want that
3 parts cornstarch
1.5 parts water
Mix up the cornstarch and water first until smooth.  Then, mix in the sand 1 cup at a time.  Store in an airtight container.  You may need to add a little more water each time you play (depending on humidity - a couple of tablespoons).  But, in order to make a product that never dries out, I can only imagine that it is full of gross chemicals - I think that the patent calls them copolymers of vinyl or acetate.
Will this moon sand work underwater like the other stuff?  Who knows - I haven't tried it like that.  Water, 3 year olds and wood floors don't mix - but for cutting and molding it is nice.
Also, you can add glitter to make it sparkle.  Glitter is available many places very affordably and most kids - boys and girls alike tend to love it.

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