Summer Boredom Busters: Moon Dough

Hi everyone! Welcome to day 5 of my Summer Boredom busters series.


Some days I wonder what the heck I’m thinking.

For example days when I say “Hey kids, let’s make some moon dough.”

I really dislike moon dough.

My kids really like moon dough.

Who knew a little flour and some baby oil could keep my kids busy for so long? Now I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with moon dough. My kids love it, and I hate the mess it makes!

That said, we braved the mess and made some of our own for super cheap.

We also did it outside.

Which I would HIGHLY recommend.

I’m just sayin’.




  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baby oil
  • Optional: Crushed pastel chalks to color dough




In a large container, mix flour and baby oil until well blended. Mixture will be smooth and pack easily together in your hand.

To color the dough, add in a finely crushed piece of pastel chalk. I found the red one worked best to color the dough. We also tried a green and blue one, however the color wasn’t quite as dark when mixed in the flour.



Next setup your own ice cream shop to share your scoops! I recommend playing with this stuff OUTSIDE! It’s super messy and not fun to clean up in the kitchen, but that’s just my two cents…you’re free to mess up any area you like ;o)



The Teeny Tot absolutely loved this stuff, I think she played with it for another hour or so after the big kids lost interest.

P.S. I found this fun idea over at Inner Child Fun, it’s a wonderful blog with lots of great ideas! If you haven’t stopped by yet, make sure to! You won’t be sorry!

Hope the homemade moon dough helps keep your kiddos busy and shew away some of those summer boredom blues!

Not up for moon dough? Here are some more ideas for cheap summer fun:


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  • Veens June 14, 2013 at 1:35 am

    We have tried Moon dough, and Aarya (3) loved it too 🙂

  • Sam June 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

    My kids love moon dough as well. It does make a mess but I like the fact that you can sweep or vacuum it up. I will have to try this with my kids. Thanks!!

  • Amy June 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, this is brave! I have never ventured into this activity before, but now that it’s warm, I think maybe we will try it (outside!) Thanks.

  • Penny June 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    What about adding powdered drink mix? Since water doesn’t mix with oil food coloring is out, and since we are allergic to chalk maybe even cocoa would work, maybe even crushed water colors? I try to use what I have on hand. Lol…..Great idea thanks. Going to try this for July.

  • Stacey Blevins June 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    This looks like tons of fun! My girls will love it! Thanks!

  • Hannah June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Really hate moondough! But my boy loves it 😉

  • SJ June 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

    We tried this using vegetable oil instead of baby oil since that’s what I had on hand. I ended up using more like 3/4 cup and it still seemed to be more floury than yours. The kids had a blast anyway and I took your advice and made it outside which was a very good call!

  • Heidi Diaz June 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much 😁my kids are having a blast


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