Get into the full Halloween spirit with this super fun Pumpkin Scented Moon Sand Oobleck DIY! Haven't heard of Oobleck? Well it's all the rage in my house. The kids went from obsessing over slime making to creating Oobleck which is cornstarch and water. It's something they learned in school and are fascinated by the way it is liquid but acts as a solid. Pretty fascinating stuff!! But I wanted to make this science experiment even better! So we added a little sand, a little color and the aroma of the season and BOOM: A DIY the kids will be jumping over! Check out the looks on their faces when we made this scented mixture the other day.
Fall is in full bloom in my house. We have apples and pumpkins galore from heading to the farm over the weekend. The kids each brought home countless pumpkins and gourds that they hand selected over hundreds of others. Each one special and unique. But I knew carving them too early will leave us with rotted pumpkins on Halloween. So I decided to make a different craft with them using the scent of pumpkin that we ALL love so much. My kids are just as hooked on the craze as us moms are! And this Pumpkin Moon Sand DIY will not disappoint! The texture and scent will have the kids enthralled for days to come. Plus it leaves the house smelling oh so good, like fresh baked pumpkin pie!
To make this craft you will need:
- 3/4 Cup of water
- 1 1/2 Cups of cornstarch
- 3 Cups of fine grain play sand
- Orange Tempera paint (2 tablespoons for color)
- Pumpkin pie essential oil (6-8 drops for scent)
- Bowl & Spatula for mixing
- Easy to clean placemat or cookie sheet (surface for the kids to play on)
- Halloween Cookie Cutters
- Storage Jar
Start by mixing all the liquids... the water, essential oils and paint. Once combined, add the sand and stir. Once these ingredients are all combined you will need to add in the cornstarch. This part is a little harder to mix so you can help the little ones with this last step.
Once combined you will have an out of this world brew! It is fascinating watching how the Moon Sand Oobleck moves and falls and forms and then melts. I love playing with it as much as them. It was actually really relaxing and reminded me of being on the beach and playing with the wet sand.
For the kids you will want to lay down washable placemats or a cookie sheet works great too. We used glossy white plastic easy to clean placemats.
When the fun is over, you can store it for up to a week in a covered container. Check out the adorable glass pumpkin jar we picked up at Michaels. *TIP- If your mixture begins to dry out you can add a tea spoon of water and then combine. It will bring it right back to life!
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