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Fun with polymer modeling clay

Most of the projects in our free crafts and kids activities Library only use items found around the house. In this case, we've made an exception.  Children can create amazing results with polymer modeling clay. It's worth buying!

There are different brands of plastic modeling clay. Each type has its own advantages. We've tried a few different brands and my children like working with Sculpey best. It comes in a variety of different styles, colors, and combinations. It's best to start with a multi pack for the color variety, then add extra colors when you see which ones get used up first. Surprisingly, a little Sculpey can go a long way.

My children spent a wonderful afternoon creating lots of different items. They started with the pictures on the package, and then came up with their own projects.

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How to Use:

  1. Read the instructions that come in the package.  There are some good suggestions on using Sculpey.
  2. The children should work with or knead the Scupley for a couple of minutes before starting to model.  It becomes much more pliable as it warms up.
  3. Children can etch on features, but the results are better when the features are molded from a contrasting color, like the features on the pumpkin or the teeth on the bookworm.
  4. Blend colors of Sculpey together to create new colors or shades of a color.
  5. Sculpey objects should be less than 1/4 of an inch thick.  For thicker items, like the pumpkin or the frog's body, create a center from aluminum foil (rolled into a ball) then cover the shape with thin pieces of Sculpey.
  6. Finished objects must be baked to harden.  We use a glass tray in our toaster oven on a low setting.  Read the directions in the package for the temperature and time for the type of clay you have.

If you would like to make your own modeling clay, there are lots of different clay and dough recipes to choose from.


Send us a note if you have any questions. Let us know your ideas for making other projects, and we'll share them with other visitors.


Note for Parents:

Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children.  While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.




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