Homemade Moondough

moondoughMoondough is fun, mouldable sand; here’s how to make your own at a fraction of the shop bought prices. Thanks to Clair Thienel for the great idea!


You will need

  • 1 cup of baby oil,
  • two cups everyday flour (you can keep this ratio if you want to make more)
  • Gel food colouring
  • Glitter (optional!)



  1. Add gel colour to the oil
  2. Mix with flour and give it good old squidge together to make it mix
  3. Add glitter if you are using it
  4. The sand should be wet enough to be mouldable, but not sticky


Clair says “The sand is a really big hit when people come to play – the texture is silly and smooth due to the oil but great to mould and build. We use lots of bright colour bits and pieces to mould and make marks in the sand. We also got some small animals like dinosaurs and packed the moon dough around it so our little one could excavate them!”

If you little one is ready to start preparing for writing you could make marks from left to right in the moon dough – wiggles and lines- and get them to copy you. This will start the ground work for hard wiring your little ones brain for the basics of Mark making and writing.

The most important thing it’s it’s really really fun! Try it indoors in a small blow up £4 paddling pool! (Be careful in hard wood and smooth floors as the silky texture can be slippery)

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