Do you ever have those moments where it's a rainy day and you can't think of anything else for your child to do. And the thought of watching another movie just annoys you? That was me on Monday.
We had already watched The Good Dinosaur and an episode of Mickey. I wasn't about to have him watch another movie. Basically in fear of him not taking a nap later. While he was eating snack, I whipped up some homemade play dough and some moon sand. I wasn't about to run to Target in the non stop rain that was taking over Tampa, so a DIY project was the next best thing.
Now let me forewarn you--it will get messy. This is flour not sand, therefore it sticks to you but wipes off with a little wipe of water. We obviously did this inside since it wouldn't stop raining, so it was ending up on the floor as well. It was so easy to clean up though! He spent a good 30/45 minutes playing in the sand and another 20 minutes playing with the play dough.
Most of the recipes for Moon Sand call for baby oil. I never have baby oil on hand so we used olive oil. It turned out perfectly fine, and I didn't have to make any special purchases to make it. I also mixed a few drops of tea tree oil so that the little no seeum germs didn't get the sand all gross.
I mixed 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of oil, and a few drops of essential oil in our amazing sand/water table my dad made Bennett. We have used it for many things, but this was the first time we actually used it for what it was intended for. The container that fits inside of it has a lid that locks on the sides. It works marvelous for what we use it for. This is where we got the idea from--Ring Around The Rosies.