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June 8, 2014

Moon Dough Recipe for Play

Kindergarten Moon Unit Study

How to make moon dough, a simple sensory material made from common household ingredients.

We've been having too much fun with our kindergarten moon study to go along with My Father's World Kindergarten.  So far we've made moon dust paint, erupting moon dust, an erupting moon cake, and today we are sharing a new recipe for play, moon dough.

How to Make Moon Dough

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We made moon dough exactly like we make baking soda dough.  I set out containers full of baking soda, glitter, and water, and I let the boys each add one ingredient to the sensory bin.

They wanted to touch and feel and play with each ingredient as it was added.

I put JZ (6) in charge of adding the water, because it's important to add the water slowly and only use as much is needed to make the baking soda stick together.  If too much water is used the baking soda will dissolve.

We prefer liquid watercolors over food coloring, because it washes out easier, but either can be used.

Each step of making our moon dough was fully enjoyed by each of my boys.  The texture was gritty and soft at the same time and very relaxing to run between your fingers.

Moon Dough - a new recipe for play that shimmers and sparkles and reminds me of outer space!  You probably have everything you need to make it right now.

This is a very forgiving recipe for play.  How much color and glitter you use is completely subjective to personal preference.  The moon dough is "done" when it is form-able and holds its shape.

How to make moon dough, sensory play to learn about the moon.

JZ and J-Bug (5) made "moon rocks" with the dough and enjoyed crushing them to bits inside the bin.  When play time is over moon dough can turn into erupting moon dough by squirting vinegar on it.  We chose to keep our moon dough in a ziploc bag for future play times.  Please note that our hands were black for the rest of the day until after bath time, but all of the color did wash clean with soap in the tub.

Formable, moldable moon dough play recipe - a sparkly sensory material to go along with a study of the moon!

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How to make MOON DOUGH - this is so cool!

More moon activities:

How to make moon dust paint for an art project that is out of this world! Mark making in moon dust - a sensory tray for early learning. 


  1. This looks like so much fun! We're not studying the moon but I know my girls would love to play with this sparkly dough anyway. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How much of each ingredient do you use???

    1. It's not really the kind of thing I measure. I would say roughly 1 cup of baking soda per 1-2 tablespoons of water. As the directions said, add the water slowly. Too much will dissolve the baking soda. You want just enough to make the baking soda stick. The glitter and color is up to how sparkly and how colorful you want your dough. :)

  3. Would powder tempera paint work as a substitute for the liquid watercolor/food coloring?

    1. I saw that someone asked about the tempra powder paint and you stated yes so I assume the liquid tempera paint would work as well yes or no


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