Put the mold in the basket
Fill the mold with the Moon Dough
Insert the wind up toy into the dough filled mold
Crank the purple crank on the top
Open the basket and out comes your animal, zooming across the table!
Lizzie loves it! It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to fit it all together, but once assembled Lizzie had a blast making animals and watching them roll around. The Moon Dough really does not dry out. It is soft and a very fun texture for young growing minds. It is easy to mold and play with and David who is 22 months old loved playing with it too.
You know how play dough crumbles? This stuff is a bit of a drier texture than play dough and crumbles even a bit more. But since it is a drier texture it is easier to pick up with the smooshing technique – taking a ball of dough and smooshing it on the crumbs to pick them up. As an experiment I took a quarter sized piece of Moon Dough and dropped water on it (cause we all know accidents happen with kids). What happens is the moon dough disintegrates when wet. So don’t let your kids have drinks anywhere near the dough.
I am a stickler for getting personal photos on reviews, but this time it just did not work out. As soon as Lizzie saw the moon dough she wanted to play with it. She is going to be 4 years old in June and I thought it would be perfect for her. And it was. I should have grabbed my camera right away because that first night was the only time we were able to play with it in a way that was in any way photogenic. We still play with it weeks later, but the colors are all mixed and it isn’t very pretty.
I would suggest constant parental supervision when playing with the dough. Especially with younger children it makes the process of making the animals go faster, creates a fun bonding/learning time and helps keep the crumbs contained. I do wish it came with containers like play dough does – I didn’t know where to keep my moon dough after we finished playing. I ended up getting a ziplock baggie and finding a plastic bin for the many pieces it comes with.
Do I reccommend it?
Yes! This is best for children over three years old, I think that with the steps involved in playing with it that 4 years and up is a better suggested age. Before you get it make sure you have a plan for where the moon dough and play pieces will be stored then get ready for some fun and giggles! It is so funny to watch the animals zoom out!
For another great review, see Cocktails for Mom!
I received the moon dough to review. All opinions are my own.