Tonawanda News — From there, you just mix: 2 cups of cornstarch, 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oil and a tablespoon or so of glitter.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that either the recipe was a bit off, or my measuring was. I wound up with an oily goop that didn’t bear a bit of resemblance to sand, dumped more cornstarch in and grimly mixed on. Just keep going, working the oil into the cornstarch, until you have the right texture.
Maybe an additional cup later, I had a grainy-yet-somehow-fluffy mixture that could be molded in your hands, but also crumbled apart like sand. For “snow,” however, it had one small drawback: a distinct yellow color that must have come from the canola oil. I will spare you the jokes about yellow snow here. You’re welcome.
I spread it out on a storage-bin lid, grabbed a couple of toy figures and plopped them down in it and called the boys over.
Jim patted it, squished a handful, then grimaced, wiped his hands on his pants and wandered back off. Sam was intrigued. He played for about half an hour, making “snowmen” and rampaging through the (off-)white stuff with his toy dinosaurs, then lost interest, leaving a scattering of crumbly dough that couldn’t be easily swept or picked up from the back room carpet. I had to drag out the vacuum cleaner. I cleaned the rest up for later play and stored it in a resealable container. We’ll see if he ever thinks of it again.
So, honestly, the verdict is mixed.
If your kids are fond of sensory play and like the real Moon Dough, you might wish to give this a shot. I wasn’t all that impressed. It wasn’t so sturdy as modeling clay, and to me, the consistency wasn’t something all that intriguing on its own. Personally, I found the texture downright unpleasant.