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How To Make Moon Dough – DIY Space Sensory Bin

Have you ever wondered how to make your own Moon Dough?

It is super easy and fun! All you need is 3 ingredients. Do not forget to print out our recipe for free at the end and watch the how-to-make moon dough tutorial below.

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

moon dough recipe

Moon Dough Recipe

The recipe for our galaxy dough is pretty easy. But before we get started let’s answer the following questions about this magical 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 mixture used for sensory play activities. It is also called moon sand, cloud dough, or fairy dough.

You can make your own Galaxy dough out of different ingredients. There are recipes that 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, galaxy sand, and cloud doh are the same thing you might wonder what is the difference between kinetic sand.

That 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 what I would say is the difference. Our galaxy dough is more of a fluffy play dough type of texture.

Galaxy 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 it 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 it out.

How to Store Moon Dough?

To prevent our dough from trying out make sure to store it in an air-tight container or simply use a zip log bag.

If your dough gets dirty or dries out please discard it and make new glitter moon sand.

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Time to find out 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:

Moon Dough Ingredients

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

Moon Dough Recipe 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 ingredients

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

Step 2: Add color and glitter (optional)

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

mix sand dough

Step 3: Mix it

Mix everything with a spoon together till it is getting too hard for the spoon.

Step 4: Mold your moon sand

Then use your hands and mold it to the dough until it is fully blended and cloud-like.

moon dough diy

Step 5: Playtime

Your playdough 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 without cream of tartar, corn fall sensory bin, and colored rice tray activity.

Moon Dough Recipe Tips

  • Any conditioner will do for our recipe. Nevertheless, l prefer mine scented, or add a drop of lavender oil to my moon dough conditioner!
  • WARNING: Our cloud dough recipe is not toddler-safe! Please make sure to supervise your children so they are not trying to eat it!
  • If you are a visual person, look at our tutorial below!

DIY Space Sensory Bin

Your 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.

Pin Our Homemade Moon Dough Recipe And Galaxy Sensory Tray Idea

Don’t forget to save this easy moon dough DIY on Pinterest for later! Be sure you are following along with Lil Tigers.


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

Zoe is a mum, artist, and content creator with 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 of all the photographs and video inputs.

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


Now is your turn!
How did your kids enjoy this fun galaxy sensory tray idea? Did you make your own DIY space sensory bin?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
I would love to hear from you!

How To Make Moon Dough

moon dough recipe

How to make moon dough

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


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


  • spoon
  • bowl


  1. Place 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl, and add 1 cup of your preferred conditioner.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix your ingredients together till it is hard to mix.
  4. 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.


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I made it just because I wanted to make it! Definitely easy and fun to do! I was thinking about little gifts for little customers that come into the store but haven't thought of a inexpensive way to pass out little balls of it yet! Thank you so much for the fun

Lil Tigers

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Oh, I m very happy you like it. Maybe you can find small containers at the Dollar Tree store?

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