Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Getting Messy with Moon Dough

Moon Dough Fun Pack

Moon Dough by Spinmaster is marketed as a magical, less mess dough that never dries out.  Sounds good!  We were sent a Moon Dough Fun Pack to try out to see what we thought.  Tiny Tester Freddy put it to the test.

The carry case comes with a piece of red, blue and yellow dough along with a selection of moulds and tools.  A removable section of lid has ten moulds of party related items such as food, cake and presents.  There are two dog moulds, a 3D apple mould, a birthday cake and potato mould, curly cutter, pie cutter and a dough flattener.

The dough itself is strangely textured like a dense foam or compacted powder.  When you squish it together it becomes manageable and easily goes into the moulds.  It is very dry to touch and doesn't stick, so it drops out of the moulds shaped with good detail, making modelling very easy, even for Freddy who is nearly three years old. The models hold their shape really well so little ones can indulge in some pretend play with the characters, animals or food they create.

moon dough

Freddy was really engaged with this activity.  It did get messy with little bits all over the floor, but they were easy to pick up using a big blob of moon dough.  The bits didn't stick onto the laminate or into the carpet which was a real plus when it came to tidying up.  A quick once over with a hoover cleaned up the bits I'd missed.  By far his favourite activity was using the curly cutter to chop everything up into tiny pieces!

moon dough

After Freddy played with it we ended up with mix and match rainbow dough with the colours all mixed together.  It actually looked quite pretty!  

moon dough

Everything fits neatly back into the case and the dough doesn't go hard.  You just squeeze it and it regains its durable texture.  

The Moon Dough Fun Pack is a good activity for kids aged 3 and up.  The different shaped moulds give scope for discussions about  the objects and colours aiding language development.  The textured dough is a great medium for sensory play.  It seems more durable and less messy than play-doh or plasticine, and works better with moulds.  It also stays much cleaner too.  However, this is still a relatively messy activity so don't be lulled into a false sense of security...have your Hoover at the ready!

My only real irk with this product is the packaging which depicts children creating amazingly coloured models using way more dough than is included in the packaging.  I always find that kind of marketing a bit misleading...just show us what we're getting please manufacturers!  

The Moon Dough Fun Pack retails for £12.99 RRP which is a good price considering all the accessories including the storage case that it comes with.  Other playsets are available with different tools so you can add to your collection.  Moon Dough sets are available from Argos, Asda, The Entertainer, Amazon and Play.

This review has been done on behalf of who sent Freddy the Moon Dough.


  1. Wow, that picture of your wee boy looks just like my son! My husband was convinced it IS him lol. I really dislike Moon Dough though, it DOES NOT hoover up very well :(

  2. Nice post, I am really glad to be 1 of several visitants on this awful site : D

  3. That's so sweet that ours boys look alike! My Moon Dough bits came up easily but we've only got a kids' play mat...not a carpet with real pile so that might be why it worked for me. It is definitely still a messy activity though!

  4. Great review! I reviewed this too and I totally agree about the packaging showing way more dough than was included. Also it claimed 20 tools for shaping the dough and I could only find 18, including the 10 moulds in the lid.

    I found that it did clear up well, but we have hard floors too. I didn't think it was as messy as play dough anyway!

  5. Moon Dough is the strangest substance I have ever dealt with. It's just plain weird. Fred loves it though he just can't get enough of cutting, squidging and moulding.

  6. You are absolutely right about 18 tools not 20...surely they can't be counting the box and lid in that total??!!

  7. We reviewed this too and thought there was not much as much moon dough in there as I thought there would be, am now off to count my accessories after reading the other comments! : ) Molly loved it though, great product perfect for little people! xxx

  8. Freddy looks totally absorbed with his Moon Dough and actually made some interesting things. When the weather doesn't permit youngsters to go out and play in the garden, this sounds just the thing to keep them occupied.



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