2 ingredients Cloud Dough/Moon Sand! What are you waiting for? (Edible version available too!)

#JasperBean loves playing in the sandbox at nursery! Most days he will come home with sand in his clothes and hair and I know he’s definitely had a good day! The messier the better and he just can’t get enough of it! So with the weather being lighter and warmer, but not warm enough to take a trip down to the beach, our alternative was either to buy play sand or make our own Cloud Dough/Moon Sand!! Did I just say make our own??? YES!!!!! I was born to DIY, or at least it’s something I love and am passionate about, so, of course, I was going to do that and it couldn’t have been any easier! It’s safe, clean and oh so easy! you can even make it extra magical by adding sparkles or glitter.

I decided to make a batch of 4 different colours and here’s what I used for each batch:

2 ingredients Cloud Dough/Moon Sand


  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baby oil
  • Coloured chalk (grated)/glitter - optional
    Or alternatively, you can use the following for a baby safe version if you're worried your little one might give the sand a taste.
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Powder or oil based food colouring - optional


  1. Rub/mix the 2 (or 3 ingredients) together with your hands and Voilà! You have Cloud Dough/Moon Sand! Both recipes turn out the same and have a nice fluffy consistency that feels and moulds just like wet sand. You don't need to add any colour or glitter/sparkles if you don't want to - your little one will still have loads of fun mixing, scooping, pouring, moulding, crumbling and throwing it around, but if you do, make sure you use powder and oil based food colouring* as opposed to water based, otherwise no matter how much you put in, the colouring will not mix with the oil/flour . Depending on the consistency you're after, you can also add more flour/oil after mixing.

You can use any colour you want!

Flour and Chalk

all ingredients mixed

Cloud Dough/Moon Sand
Admittedly the mixture with the baby oil smells lovelier but if you use vegetable oil and aren’t keen on the smell, you can always add a few drops of vanilla essence or some other flavouring like banana, strawberry or chocolate! Oh, they will definitely have a taste of this! 🙂

Cloud Dough/Moon Sand is such an amazing sensory play that even much younger babies will love experimenting with it. It feels so good between their fingers (and toes), they will surely fall in love with it and ask for more. I definitely enjoyed making/playing it with #JasperBean and will without a doubt return to this recipe regularly. If you are lucky to have any leftovers, place it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for next time! Waste not, want not.

Testing it out!

testing it outAfter a while, with all the colours mixed together, the sand did turn into a pale white-ish colour. From the pictures below, you can see that this did not stop him from having fun and making a mess, but next time, I will try with more chalk or brighter food colourings for a more vibrant mixture.

cheeky monkey

digging in

messy play

here comes the mess

Its raining sand

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think or what else you would do to improve it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂

Until next time,

Love… MsMamaBean x

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  1. Catherine@ Story Snug

    These are gorgeous pictures. It looks like Jasper Bean’s having so much fun! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I had no idea it was so easy :o)



    1. msmamabean

      Thank you and it’s so cheap as well!


  2. hjsburnett

    Super Cool! I’ll give it a try…even though I’m not usually great at stuff like this. Your instructions make it seem easy!:)) #MMBC


    1. msmamabean

      It is very easy and so much fun! Hope you like it!


  3. Cheryl TimeToCraft (@CherylInTheUK)

    What a great idea. I can imagine that it would fascinate little ones for ages as they play and experience it. Nice to know the ingredients that they may be putting in their mouths. I’m betting that making it is a fraction of the price. #MMBC


    1. msmamabean

      It really is so easy and cheap to make and to have the peace of mind knowing what they put in their mouth is non toxic is a bonus!


  4. ryan

    This looks great. Always fun to make stuff they can play with. Thanks for sharing


  5. emiliarun

    Oh my gosh FUN!!! I love this!


  6. diytowealth

    oh my gosh, what a fun and easy DIY activity for kids! i’ll have to share your article with my sister – my niece is only 5 months, but i can see her enjoying this when she’s a little older 🙂


    1. msmamabean

      Never too young to start indulging their sense, thanks for sharing. X


  7. thetaleofmummyhood

    Aw what great fun, those smiles say it all! Xx


  8. Lauren

    This looks like fun! My son would love it, and the colors would be mixed in no time!


  9. elenasts

    I know that my nephew and niece will love this. Thanks for sharing it I would have never thought about it myself.


  10. meredithamand

    I would have never thought of adding grated chalk to color the moon sand! What an awesome idea!


  11. Joline

    This looks like such a fun project! And look at that face, so very precious 🙂


  12. Made Adayasa

    What a great idea . seems the kids having a lots of fun


  13. thenafranssen

    My kids will love this! You did a beautiful job!!!


  14. fitasamamabear33

    I wouldn’t have even thought of grated chalk- that’s genius!


  15. Kurline Altes

    I love these. My 6yrs old son is very sensory ame would love this. Totally trying this!


  16. Penniless Prairie Girl

    This is such a great idea! It looks like your little one had a TON of fun!


  17. jennarossiter

    Looks like so much fun! I want to try on a nice day outside.


  18. Claire - StartACraftBlog

    hah! He looks so happy! This is a great recipe, I’m sending it to my friend who has two kids that love sand 🙂


  19. Arlene

    So fun. I will try this with my toddler!


  20. debsrandomwritings

    Hi Nita, this moon sand looks fab! And I particularly like the edible version, especially for little children who can’t help putting things in their mouth. If my children were younger I would give this a go, that’s for sure.

    Pinning for others to see.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.



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