I've been researching and experimenting for our annual Multicultural Crafts for Kids week (April 22-26). If you've never joined me for this event, I'd like to invite you! I craft with about 40 children at my church over the course of a week to help them learn a little more about countries where we have missionaries that share the Gospel. You can read a little bit more about it HERE. Then the week after, I post all our multicultural fun here on the blog for you to enjoy with your kids or your classroom.
I was planning to use moon sand as a component of one of our crafts but sadly had to nix it. I say sadly because it would have been a great option if it had done what I needed it to do. If you'll remember, I have several criteria for my craft projects for this session...
1. Able to be done by ages 2-5 with parent's help AND 6 or older on their own
2. Able to be completed in about 10 minutes
3. Above all it must be CHEAP!
Moon sand meets all those criteria! Little ones can play with it just as well as older children. Time is not even a factor. And cheap! Oh ho ho! So cheap if you make it yourself...
You can use baby oil, but since my baby days are long gone I used the cheapest thing I had in the kitchen for a substitute. With just a few turns of my hand, it came together quickly.
The texture is very light. Not sticky like dough, but it does lightly stick together if you pack it into a mold or squeeze it with your hand. So what was the problem?
2. Too messy! I am an adult and was trying NOT to make a mess, but look at my table. Can you imagine what it would look like with 40 children who don't care if they make a mess or not?! I'd be sweeping up for an hour after they were done. No thanks!
While I won't be able to use it for our project, I would highly recommend it for tactile play. Just save yourself some cleaning time, and send the kids OUTSIDE to play with it! Wondering what kind of a project I was hoping to use this moon sand for? You'll have to wait until April 22-26 to find out!