Need an activity for a rainy day or sensory play? Check out How to make Moon Dough! The kids love it! Plus, it can be made gluten-free!
There are many scenarios, but they all usually start with kids who are bored. Whether it is a rainy day, they are “bored,” or a little one needs something to do while the big ones are busy. This playdough is your salvation! Check out how easy it is to make Moon Dough with this easy recipe!
What is Moon Dough?
It is a dough that the kids can play with. Think sandbox, but it holds it’s shape like a play-dough. It crumbles like sand but can stick together to make sandcastles, shapes, etc. Moon Dough is perfect for little ones, for children that need sensory activities, and apparently, the bigger ones don’t mind playing with it either. My kids all love it when I make a batch.
Making your own doughs is so easy, affordable, and fun! I personally love it because I can make it gluten free. Many store-bought moon dough products and toy doughs are not gluten free! Making your own allows you to control what your kids are handling. This is perfect for families with allergies or sensitivities. Simply substituting a corn flour or other gluten free flour works perfectly!
Moon Dough Extras
It is so much fun to pull out moon dough on a rainy day when playing outside isn’t an option! Just put the play dough in a large tote and give your child scoops, cookie cutters, and molds. Let their imaginations run wild! I like to add a couple of drops of essential oils to help it smell great too! I recommend lavender essential oil because it is calming and gentle.
Store your homemade dough in an air tight container until ready to enjoy again. You can use any plastic storage container. If your dough becomes dirty or dries out, discard and make new moon dough to enjoy.
How to Make Moon Dough
- 8 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil or baby oil
- Food color (if you want to color it)
- Essential oils for fragrance (I used lavender)
- Pour flour into a large plastic container or tub and add food coloring and essential oils if you desire.
- Dump in the oil to the center and mix together with your hands until it is evenly distributed and the flour sticks together when you squeeze it. Add more oil if needed to get the correct consistency.
- Give the kids molds, scoops, and more and let them enjoy.
- This can be stored for a couple weeks in an airtight container before drying out.
- Use Corn Flour or other gluten free flours if your child has a gluten intolerance. I have also heard that you can make this using playground sand and oil (however I have not personally tried it)
I need to make two batches next time. This Dough was very popular at my house. Ha, even the little princess loved it!
Originally posted in Jun 2013. Updated in 2019.
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Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.