Thursday, May 7, 2009

Make your own moon sand!

We are moving to the Ironwood Forest. We bought the house with my parents and will spend eternity together there! That's fairly comforting to me, maybe because I am Cancer rising. Today a woman is coming to look at our current house to see if she wants to rent it. That is freaking me out to no end. I have been cleaning out the closets and files trying to clear out all the stuff that has sat untouched since we moved in.

One of the things was a file of preschool activities from the 1980s that I picked up as a give-away in someone's yard in Ocean Beach. I was on the track to be a special education teacher back then so I was compiling stuff all the time for my future classroom. I finally went through all the papers and discarded about 95 percent of the stuff. I happened to find this recipe for homemade moon sand.

Noah received moon sand as a present for his birthday this year from Kim and Mia. He loved playing with it, but I only let him do it outside, so some would always fall and get dirty. I would buy him more except that it seems ridiculously expensive for what it is. Here's the recipe:

1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup hot water

Mix the sand, cornstarch, and cream of tartar in an old saucepan. Add hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is very thick and can't be stirred. When slightly cooled, make your castle. Allow several days to dry or re-pack into an airtight container. Makes approximately 2 cups.