Sensory

Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin

With this Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin, you can create an engaging and educational experience that will engage your children’s senses.

Sensory activities like this one are easy-to-make. You only need a few ingredients and supplies to create a bin that is safe for little hands to explore. 

You can make this themed sensory bin for your unit on oceans or just for a fun way to play on a hot, summer day. 

ocean sensory bin

Sensory play is important for young children because it helps them to develop their senses.
Through play, kids learn about the world around them and how to interact with it.
They can explore the way different things feel, look, smell, sound, and taste. (Just make sure it’s safe for kids to taste!) 

Getting Ready to Use the Ocean Sensory Activity:

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What’s Needed:

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Blue Candy Food Coloring
  • ¼ Cup of Melted Coconut Oil
  • Assorted Fish and Seashells
  • Large Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon
  • Plastic Container

To make this sensory recipe, add 2 cups of flour to a large bowl.

Next, mix ¼ cup of melted coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of blue candy food coloring in a small bowl.

moonsand

You want to use an oil-based candy food coloring in this recipe. The standard food coloring will not work because moon sand is oil-based.

If you don’t have an oil-based candy food coloring, moon sand can also be colored using chalk and powdered tempera paint. 

sensory play with sand

After mixing the coconut oil and food coloring together, add the colored oil to the flour and stir to combine.

Then, knead the moon sand with your hands to fully distribute the colored oil in the flour.

sensory play with sand

Finally, place the moon sand in a large plastic container or storage bin and add in your seashells and fish!

How To Use Ocean Sensory Bin:

This ocean-themed sensory bin is such an engaging and entertaining activity for your kids to play with when you are learning all about the oceans. 

moon sand diy

This sensory play activity can be used as an independent activity for young children in any early childhood classroom or homeschool.

sand sensory bin ideas

It can be messy so do this activity outside where you don’t mind a mess or place a plastic sheet down underneath for easy clean-up.

moon sand recipe

This Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin is an easy recipe to make for sensory play and a fun, hands-on activity to include in your ocean unit. Your kids are sure to love it! 

More Ocean Activities for Kids:

To extend this ocean-themed activity, you can pair it with these picture books and other resources.

Ocean Books for Kids:

Read these fiction and non-fiction books to your young learners to teach them all about oceans.

The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids: 500 Incredible Facts! by Bethanie Hestermann 

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Where the Ocean Meets the Sand by Beth Costanzo

Ocean Activities for Kids:

You can pair this Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin with these other themed resources for even more deep blue learning fun!

Ocean Animal Sensory Bin

Ocean Animals Cut & Paste Book from ABC’s of Literacy

Shark Craft for Kids from Raising Little Superheroes 

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Are you looking for fun, hands-on activities for your preschooler? These Preschool Unit Lesson Plans includes an entire year of the most popular themed units! Click on the picture to learn more about this resource!

Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin

Ocean Moon Sand Sensory Bin

Materials

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Blue Candy Food Coloring
  • ¼ Cup of Melted Coconut Oil
  • Assorted Fish and Seashells
  • Large Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon
  • Plastic Container

Instructions

    To make this sensory play recipe, add 2 cups of flour to a large bowl.

    Next, mix ¼ cup of melted coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of blue candy food coloring in a small bowl.

    After mixing the coconut oil and food coloring together, add the colored oil to the flour and stir to combine.

    Then, knead the moon sand with your hands to fully distribute the colored oil in the flour.

    Finally, place the moon sand in a large plastic container or storage bin and add in your seashells and fish!

Notes

You want to use an oil based candy food coloring in this tutorial. The standard food coloring will not work because moon sand is oil based. If you don’t have an oil based candy food coloring, moon sand can also be colored using chalk and powdered tempera paint. 

 

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