Play-Doh Vs. Polymer Modeling Clay
Working with Polymer Clay
Play-doh vs. Polymer Modeling Clay: What is the Difference?
Both polymer clay and Play-doh are non-toxic and can be molded to create beautiful creations.
The main difference is that young children, who could possibly eat the polymer clay, should not use polymer clay.
Play-doh is a brand named malleable dough which is most made out of flour, salt and water. Creations can be saved by letting them air dry; however, the material used will crack as it hardens. Play doh is bested use for temporary designs that can be destroyed after building.
Polymer clay is a non-toxic modeling clay that can be hardened by cooking it in the oven. It has a polyvinyl chloride base. Polymer clay can be used by both parents and children; though, it is important to make sure all manufacturer instructions are followed when baking this clay.
Do not heat your oven to a higher temperature that is recommended. Burning polymer clay will release hydrogen chloride gas. This will burn your lungs. This will only happen if oven temperatures hit about 350 F.
Polymer clay is not food safe as the polymer clay is very porous. Do not make products out of polymer clay that will be used to house food. The concern is not the polymer clay itself but rather any left over food sitting with in the confines of a bowl made out of polymer clay. Bacteria could grow and because of the porous nature of polymer clay it can never be cleaned well enough to rid itself of the bacteria.
For more specific differences between the two keep reading.
Children all around the world have been playing with some version of play dough for years. It is an inexpensive medium for children's play. It encourages children to be imaginative.
Are you a fan of play dough?
"Once Play-Doh colors are mixed, there's no going back"-Dee Ann Stewart from the book entitled "What Spock Forgot"
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Safety Concerns - Polymer Clay
"Polymer clay is one of the most exciting, versatile, colorful artist's medium today"
-Kelly Robinson, Polymer Clay Expert
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Play-Doh vs. Polymer Clay - Share your thoughts about both products below
Which do you prefer?
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More Play-Doh or Play Dough Resources
Homemade Play Dough Recipes
Play Play Dough
These play dough recipes will help you make your own play dough at home from items in your kitchen pantry. Try out a few to find which recipe works best for you.
Play Dough Recipes includes a few recipes, noteably one all natural recipes with no dyes.
More Modeling Clay Resources
Beginners Polymer Clay Help
Polymer Modeling Clay Tutorials
Modeling Clay Craft Projects
Note: These tutorials are for adults using polymer modeling clay but can be adapted for children with Fluffy.
Creating Friendly Farm Characters is the tutorial I decided to feature because it uses polymer modeling clay with clay pots to make clay pot characters. These farm animals are cute and adorable and your kids will have fun putting them together.
Light Switch Plate instructions on how to make a polymer modeling clay light switch with pictures.
Play-Doh vs. Polymer Modeling Clay Sources