How To Make Moon Dough – DIY Space Sensory Bin

Did you ever wonder how to make your own moon dough?

It is actually super easy and fun! All you need is 3 ingredients.

Let’s dive right in and let me show you how you can make your own magic moon dough at home!

moon dough recipe

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Recipe for Moon Dough

The recipe for moon dough is actually pretty easy. But before we get started let’s answer the following questions about magic moon dough first:

  • What is moon dough?
  • what is the difference between moon sand and kinetic sand?
  • How long does moon dough last?
  • How to store moon dough?

What is moon dough?

Moon dough is a homemade dough used for sensory play activities. Moon dough is also called moon sand, cloud dough, or fairy dough.

You can make your own moon dough DIY out of different ingredients. There are recipes they make moon dough with flour and baby oil for example but our moon sand DIY is calling for cornstarch and conditioner.

What Is the Difference Between Moon Sand and Kinetic Sand?

Since we discovered that moon dough, moon sand, and cloud dough are the same thing you might wonder what is the difference to kinetic sand.

What leaves us to the question, what is kinetic sand?

Kinetic sand is advertised as mess-free play sand for sensory play activities. It has a sand texture but can stick together to form objects.

And that’s where I would see as the difference. Our moon dough is more of a fluffy play dough type of texture.

Moon dough sensory bin

How Long Does Moon Dough Last?

The last question I want to answer before starting with our moon dough recipe is:

  • Does moon dough dry out or how long does moon dough last?

When the fairy dough is stored correctly it can last a good month or longer. Nevertheless, you might experiment that you prefer to make new cloud dough before the old one tries out.

How to Store Moon Dough?

To prevent our DIY moon dough to try out make sure to store it in an air-tight container or simply use a zip log bag. If your homemade moon dough gets dirty or dries out please discard it and make new glitter moon sand.

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Time to find out now how to make moon dough with corn starch.


How to Make Moon Dough

Let’s take a look now at this simple, long-lasting, fun kitchen experiment.

Here is what you will need to make moon dough :

Moon Dough Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 cup conditioner
  • food coloring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • glitter (optional)


Moon Dough Instructions

These step-by-step instructions are here to help you visualize how to make DIY moon dough. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

Step 1: Prepare your moon dough ingredients

Place 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl, and add 1 cup of your preferred moon conditioner.

moon dough ingredience

Step 2: Add color and glitter

This step is optional but makes it much more fun. Add some drops of food coloring or acrylic paint and glitter to your dough ingredients.

mix moon dough

Step 3: Mix it

Mix your ingredients together till it is hard to mix.

Step 4: Mold your moon sand

After it is to hard to mix with your spoon use your hands and mold it to a dough until it is fully blended and cloud like.

moon dough diy

Step 5: Playtime

Your moon dough has the desired texture now and is ready for some fun sensory activities. Take a look below for some fun outer space sensory bin activities we used the cloud dough for.

While you’re here, also be sure to check out our toddler safe play dough recipe, corn fall sensory bin, and colored rice tray activity.


Tips

  • Any conditioner will do for our moon dough recipe. Never the less l prefer mine scented or add a drop of lavender oil to my moon dough conditioner!
  • If you are a visual person, take a look at our tutorial here on youtube!
  • WARNING: Our cloud dough recipe is not toddler-safe! Please make sure to supervise your children so they are not trying to eat it!

DIY Space Sensory Bin

Moon dough can be used for many sensory activities. Our kids enjoyed creating this fun outer space sensory bin and used it to play with their handmade alien ship and space rocket.

The aliens tried to invade the moon while the astronauts came to the rescue.

diy galaxy sensory bin

Here are the links to the step-by-step tutorials for the alien ship and space rocket.

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Co-Creator

For this adorable galaxy sensory bin activity I had help from Zoe Violette.

Zoe is a mum at full time, artist, and content creator for passion. With her youtube channel, she tries to combine her love for handcraft with her passion for nature.

She loves to recycle materials and turn them into art and craft projects for children.

She helped me create this wonderful project and was in charge for all the photographs and video inputs.

Please show her some love by visiting her social media channels and take a look what she has in store for your next rainy day project!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjXkSgFfUga0fUqLhheselg?view_as=subscriber

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecyclingArt4Kids

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recyclingartforkids/

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How did your kids enjoy this fun moon dough activity? Did you make your own DIY space sensory bin?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
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How To Make Moon Dough

moon dough recipe

How to make moon dough

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Materials

  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 cup conditioner
  • food coloring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • glitter (optional)

Tools

  • spoon
  • bowl

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare your moon dough ingredients

Place 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl, and add 1 cup of your preferred moon conditioner.

Step 2: Add color and glitter

This step is optional but makes it much more fun. Add some drops of food coloring or acrylic paint and glitter to your dough ingredients.

Step 3: Mix it

Mix your ingredients together till it is hard to mix.

Step 4: Mold your moon sand

After it is to hard to mix with your spoon use your hands and mold it to a dough until it is fully blended and cloud like.

Step 5: Playtime

Your moon dough has the desired texture now and is ready for some fun sensory activities. Take a look below for some fun outer space sensory bin activities we used the cloud dough for.

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