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Modeling Clay for Kids

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Brandi has been publishing her words online since 2002, receiving much inspiration from her kids and a desire to live a rich, healthy life.

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An enriching activity to enhance creativity: Modeling Clay for Kids!

Modeling clay for kids is a doorway to creativity that is rewarding and stretches the imagination!

Do your kids love an opportunity to get creative? Are you a parent, teacher or daycare worker looking for a fun activity to do with your kids? It is so easy to get started with modeling clay projects by using the resources on this page.

You'll find video tutorials, links to project ideas and tips for using modeling clay. You can even shop right from this page for assorted color clay packs, project kits, molding tools and books!

You supply the materials and the kids will supply the imagination...just watch and see what they come up with!

Modeling Clay Shadow Path

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Modeling Clay Project Video Tutorials

Crayola Magic Mold Fusion

Crayola Model Magic, Modeling Clay Alternative, Primary Colors, Gift
Crayola Model Magic, Modeling Clay Alternative, Primary Colors, Gift

This fun modeling compound from Crayola can be wrapped around any object to make a dimensional clay sculpture! My kids absolutely love this stuff! See an example of how it can be used in the first video above.


Tips for using Modeling Clay

  1. Modeling clay is stiffer than play dough, so warming it up a bit makes it more pliable and easier to mold. The best way to soften modeling clay is to take a palm-sized portion and cup it between your two hands, holding it there for a minute or two. The body heat from your hands will loosen up the clay and then you can start sculpting it with ease!
  2. For encouraging creativity in kids, offer many different colors so their imaginations can run wild. You'd be amazed what they come up with when they have inspiration and no adult prompting! Let them run with it!
  3. Along with many different colors of clay, make sure you offer different molding tools. They don't have to be anything special, but lay out toothpicks, popsicle sticks, cookie cutters and plastic knives.
  4. If you are using a self-drying clay, remember that it will do exactly what it says it will will dry! So make sure you only remove the amount you currently need and keep the rest in an airtight container. If your stored clay starts to feel dried out, spray it with a fine mist of water and seal the container. Wait 24 hours and your clay should be ready the next day.
  5. If kids are particularly excited about the way a project turned out, consider allowing them to keep it. Simply coat it with spray lacquer and dry overnight. Then, display it in their room or even a prominent place in your home...children gain self-esteem from seeing that others appreciate their creations!

Modeling Clay Dragons

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Modeling Clay Project Book

Create Anything With Clay
Create Anything With Clay

I got this modeling clay kit for my children for Christmas. I wanted to provide them with creative outlets that would encourage artistic endeavors over electronic addiction. It was one of their favorite gifts and they molded objects for hours! This book comes with 8 blocks of different colors of polymer clay so you can start your projects right away!


Watch Kids Creating with Modeling Clay

Do You Know A Child Who Would Love Modeling Clay?

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      6 years ago

      Modeling clay is good way of practices for kids to enhance their ability at work.

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      Maria Burgess 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Clay is great for kid's projects! My granny saved a small elephant I made when I was 6 from play dough and I have it today in a medicine bottle. Love your instructions! =)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      My son loves modeling clay. I usual buy Fimo. When I was a kid I had play dough and Das Pronto (I still remember the small of Das pronto).

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      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Colorful modeling clay sounds like a good time to me. : )

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      6 years ago

      Stopping by again to wish you a Merry Christmas my dear friend.

      Clay is always on my gift giving list for the kids in my life! :)

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      6 years ago

      I so enjoyed creating animals with modeling clay when I was young!

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      6 years ago

      that sgt. frog remind me about my son's friend :) anyway ... great lense!

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      6 years ago

      Amazing lens, great job! Squidlike

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens! My kids love modeling clay.

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      poldepc lm 

      7 years ago

      I love your creative instructive educational for kids

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      7 years ago

      Kids are naturally creative and modeling clay allows them to be just that - creative!

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      7 years ago

      My kids love to play with all sorts of clay, and they can make some pretty amazing things with it. Way more imagination than I have, that's for sure lol.

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I still love clay! Have you seen Mama K's aromatic clay? It's really good for little kids (and gluten free)

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      7 years ago

      What age is best for them to play with clay? My son just turned one and he eats everything. But he constantly wants to hold something in his hand. What do you think?

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      7 years ago

      This was a well written lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      What a fun lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      What child wouldn't love modeling clay? (Or me, of course... I certainly would) What an awesome lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Kids would love to play with these

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      bagskartIndia LM 

      7 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      7 years ago

      I was a child who loved modeling with clay and still do!

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      publicdomain lm 

      7 years ago

      My 9 year old still plays with it. He creates bits and pieces to add on to his lego characters. And occasionally will make a claymation movie for YouTube.

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      Julia Morais 

      7 years ago

      I know my nephew would definitely love this.

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      7 years ago

      I loved playing with modeling clay when I was a kid. glad to see they still have it.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Kids would love to play with these

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      Einar A 

      7 years ago

      I have fond memories of modeling things out of beeswax as a child.

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      7 years ago

      i think our daughter would - is three too young?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      7 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My granddaughter Kaylee loves modeling clay. She made a green and blue Earth necklace for Earth Day on Monday! ;-)

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      7 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Cute! I would like some modeling clay. :)

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      7 years ago

      My grandson would love the modeling clay

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      7 years ago

      Playing with modeling clay good therapy for older folks - easy on arthritic joints.

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      7 years ago

      Playing with modeling clay was one of my favorite things to do as a child. Even loved the smell of it. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

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      7 years ago

      Yes i am that one child

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      7 years ago

      these are sooo cute! I wish I could make these but every time I try it looks like crap :(

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      We always keep a supply of modeling clay in our craft box for the grandkids. They love to play with it as much as we did as children. We also keep a supply of homemade play dough for the little ones. It's as much fun to make as to use.

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      7 years ago

      Yes! I would love some modeling clay, too!!!

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      Forrest McKinnis 

      7 years ago from West Richland

      Very cool idea. I have to admit I'm not much of a clay person but I can see how kids would love this project. Job well done here.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      I love modeling clay, pinned to my Arts and Crafts I love board.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like fun. I cannot wait to try this myself.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens; I agree modelling clay is brilliant for kids!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      Yes, my :D

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic! My fingers are itching to get started. The kids I teach are going to love these ideas!

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      7 years ago

      Lovely craft work.

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      7 years ago

      This is so cute, I like it.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great article! Love the intro image. So cute! My son and I used to make all kinds of little creatures with modeling clay. Such fun memories! :)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. My kids loves modelling clay.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      7 years ago

      I love clay, I even make my own polymer clay jewelry! It's awesome. Cool lens.

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      7 years ago

      Cool idea for a lens - a know a couple of little boys who would like this.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      my little nephew would love this.


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