Music Inspired Moon Sparkle Dough
Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired Moon Sparkle dough. As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some sparkle dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing senses’. As we have mentioned in our introduction to the series, music is a great way of helping hearing and non hearing children gain confidence in the world around them as well as providing a whole host of skills too.
Our Moon Sparkle Dough Recipe
Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised
or with children who like to taste/eat dough!
1 cup of plain flour
1 sachet of cream of tartar
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of of plain cooking oil
1/2 cup of grey glitter
1/4 cup clear or silver glitter
We added all the dry ingredients to a large saucepan and then mixed in the water. On a low heat we stirred the mixture until it became dough like and pliable. After taking off the heat we removed the dough and kneaded it until it was smooth – be careful as the dough can still be quite warm. Once it was cool it we added the glitter and kneaded it until it was well mixed into the dough.
Setting the Scene for
Music Inspired Moon Sparkle Dough Play
The sparkle dough was put onto a silver cake tin lid and placed on the table. A variety of silver, red and gold stars in different sizes were sprinkled onto and around the Moon Sparkle Dough. Then we used the music via our YouTube playlist and began to explore the dough.
Music and Dough Play – My Observations
Our daughter thought the sparkle dough looked like a rock and was quite surprised by how soft and pliable it was. She began to sing and hum along with the music straight away and asked me to turn it up as she liked playing when it was on.
Then she began mixing in the stars and squashing the dough onto the tin lid in time to the music. After some general dough manipulation she began to make marks in the dough with the stars. She then talked about making a ‘moonman’ who would live on the moon! Soon she was engrossed in making a figure (rather like a snowman) and a star ‘hat’ for him too. She then made him a table and some ‘moon food’ made from rolled dough with star filling!
She slowed down and began making moon marks in the dough in time with the musical beat and seemed really engaged with the play and the music. The music changed to the Asian leaf blowing video and she began to giggle as she thought it was how her moonman would talk!
The final music which was based on Moonlight Sonata made her feel quite sleepy and she then decided to store the dough and her moonman in the cake tin so that she could play with it later!
The music we chose for our Music Inspired Moon Sparkle Dough were a combination of classical, celtic influenced and oriental pieces:
Full Moon Meditation Music
Celtic Fairy Music – Moon Fairies
Bamboo Under the Moonlight (Asian Leaf Blowing)
Epic Fantasy Music – The Wolf and the Moon
Claude Debussy: Clair De Lune for Piano
Wolf Music Instrumental – Full Moon
Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka – Song to the Moon
Moonlight Electric Cello – Inspired by Beethoven
You can visit our YouTube channel and listen to the pieces we chose for this sensory dough activity or listen to them here:
We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough and we look forward to next month when we will be writing about our Music Inspired Clean Mud Dough.
If you are a fan of Pinterest then please pop along to the group’s Sensory Dough Board for more inspiration on how to introduce sensory play doughs to your children. Here are this month’s co-hosts and links through to their posts:
(this is a global series so if their link is not there yet then try again soon!)
Calming Glitter Slime | Lemon Lime Adventures
Constellation Dough | It’s A Long Story
Sparkly Mermaid Slime | Study at Home Mama
Twilight Sparkle Playdough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Music Inspired Moon Sparkle Dough| Witty Hoots
Rocks and Pebbles Outdoor Sparkle Dough| Peakle Pie
Sparkly Shamrock Dough | Preschool Powol Packets
Sparkle Salt Dough | Preschool Inspirations
Taste Safe Strawberry Lemonade Sparkle Dough | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Twilight Sparkle Dough | Creative World of Varya
Midnight Sparkle Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Star Wars Dough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Glitter Oobleck | Still Playing School
Sparkle Dough | the Pleasantest Thing
Metallic Sparkle Crayon Play Dough | Sugar Aunts
Sparkling Ocean Play Dough | Stir the Wonder
Shimmery Dough | In The Playroom
Sparkle Dough Eruptions | Little Bins for Little Hands
DIY Taste Safe Glitter and Rainbow Playdough | Powerful Mothering
Stress Busting Sparkle Dough | Raising Lifelong Learners
1 Minute Sensory Sparkle Dough | Glittering Muffins
Such a great wealth of ideas on how to create, experiment and play with Sparkle Dough!