We came back from our trip to find a box with this Moon Dough play set waiting to be reviewed (sent to me by Team Mom). It was an instant hit! The barn was easy to set up, and we were all amazed at how easily the animals formed in their molds – they literally pop out of the barn door, ready for play! The dough is super soft, and lightweight. Our set came with blue, yellow, and white dough – which soon combined into a light green. I was happy to see that the set came with colors that mixed well! My kids have spent hours playing with this set so far, and I expect it to continue to entertain them for hours to come! The barn doubles as a prop to play with the animals in – there’s even a little door you can open to put an animal inside the barn. Emma usually stuffs three animals in there, and then uses a fourth animal to re-enact The Three Little Pigs – although, in this case it’s the three little horses/sheep/cows/chickens.
I’m very happy with this set, but I would hesitate to give it as a gift because the dough is super crumbly. It sweeps up really well, so to me it’s not a big deal, but I know a lot of moms get upset about crumbs on the floor. It is a FANTASTIC gift for a child dealing with allergies whose parents who don’t mind sweeping – besides being non-toxic, it’s hypoallergenic, and does not contain gluten, soy, wheat, casein, peanuts or eggs (I emailed their customer service for those details, and they responded very quickly). The clay never dries out, so you don’t have to worry about containers being closed tightly or dough being kept out too long.
Molding is the big strength of this dough; my kids tried making up some shapes and were frustrated by how easily it crumbled. We have other substances that are good for free building, though, and I’m happy to have this option for my kids to learn about using molds – and I love seeing them use the animals molded for hours of creative play!