My kids and I love playing with play-dough, and I have quite a few home-made recipes that are great, from edible to not edible to easy to to clean.
I LOVE play-dough.
So, when I saw Moon Dough at the stores advertised as "never dries out!!", I was instantly intrigued and had to try it out.
And try it out we did. We have used it for weeks now, and the kids have enjoyed it about as much as they enjoy play-dough.
And it hasn't dried out.
But you know what I have discovered that means? It means is is a PAIN IN THE BUTT to clean up. Because even sweeping it on my laminate floors squishes it into the broom and leaves streaks on the floor of moon dough moist dust.
It also appears that, since the Moon Dough never dries out, the makers felt there was no need to also have a container to PUT and STORE the Moon Dough in. So for now, it is in a baggie from my kitchen. Because, trust me, you DON'T want this stuff getting onto your furniture. Unlike play-dough, which will harden and become easy to clean up, this stuff STAYS moist and mailable-making it IMPOSSIBLE to get out of fabric. My couch was the sad guinea pig to that.
Also, I found that the molding toy (we got the farm one) is not very sturdy in a 4 year old's hands, even though the toy is for 2-4. The lever for making the forms kept popping off, which meant I was there every 2 seconds having to fix it, and then just finally doing the molding myself while they watched.
Since we play with all the play-dough molds ALL the time,and the kids are quite great (even the 2 year olds) at maneuvering them, I was surprised this one couldn't stay together.
So, while it is a cool idea that it never dries out, I feel this product would be better if it came with a container for the dough, instead of just the bags you cut open to get to the dough, and if the molding toy was all one piece, without the lever being able to just pop off. I also feel it is best as an outside, on the deck type activity, since it is a pain to sweep up.
The cost? For me, I hate this stuff and enjoy play-dough SO much better, so no price would be good for me. Honestly, unless they changed the items I mentioned above, I won't ever be getting any more of the Moon Dough. Don't waste your time, stick with good ol' play-dough.
You can check out Moon Dough for yourself at www.moondough.com. It is hypo-allergenic and wheat-free and can be found at Walmart, Target, Kamart, Amazon.com, Toys R Us, eToys, Michaels and A.C. Moore.