DIY Moon Sand With Essential Oils

Here is another sensory play activity, especially great to include in sensory diets for those with special needs. Tactile, colorful, and addictive, this moon sand recipe is the indoor activity you need whether you’re managing meltdowns or turning boredom into giggly, fun playtime. If you are using this as part of sensory diet, it is recommended to keep time limits on it and use only when you need to reintegrate a child due to sensory overload. Also great for brain breaks during homeschool learning.

What is moon sand?

Moon sand is sand coated in a hydrophobic compound, which means the grains of stand stick to each other and bond together. This means the sand can be used in molds to create blocks or other fun designs.

How do you make homemade moon sand?


  •  2 ½ cups fine sand
  •  1 ½ cups cornstarch
  •  ½ cups coconut oil
  • Natural food coloring (optional)
  •  5–8 drops your favorite child safe essential oils

Tip: Use any fine sand you can find at a craft store. Customize plain sand with food coloring or try pre-dyed sand.


1. Add sand and cornstarch to a bowl and sift thoroughly until they are combined.
2. Add food coloring drops and mix until color is incorporated.
3. Add in oil gradually, stirring until the mixture forms a dense sand. No coconut oil lying around? Sub in baby oil or vegetable oil instead.
4. Get your hands in the mixture and start to knead and mold.
5. Add drops of essential oil and mix until combined.
6. Play away!

How do you store moon sand?

To keep your DIY sand fresh, store in an airtight container or reusable storage bag. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to a month. Is your scent fading? Add 5–10 drops of any family-friendly essential oil to bring your moon sand back to life. Enjoy!