Bring out your child’s inner sculptor with one of these 30 clay crafts for kids. There is something for kids of all ages!
Everyone has fond memories of playing with play dough as a child. However, there comes a time when you should probably upgrade to a different type of modeling clay. There are so many fun crafts and activities that you can do with your kids using clay.
Many of these fun projects can’t be accomplished using play dough because it cracks when it air dries. If you want to keep your creations, you are going to need to switch to a different type of modeling clay.
Types of Modeling Clay for Kids
Oil Based Modeling Clay
Oil based clay is great to play with because it stays soft and malleable. It comes in a lot of colors and can be mixed to make more colors. It also doesn’t stick to hands, tables, hair and so on. However, it shouldn’t be used for the clay crafts listed below because it doesn’t harden.
Air Dry Clay
Air dry clay is exactly what it sounds like—it hardens by letting it sit. No heat is needed to set this type of clay. So if you are looking to not use your oven, this may be your best bet. Unlike playdough, it doesn’t crack as it dries. However, it does shrink slightly as it sets.
Polymer clay doesn’t actually contain clay, but can be used for many modeling clay purposes as it is very similar. Unlike air dry clay, polymer clay needs to be heated to harden. This can be good if you want to work on something over a long period of time. It can sit out and won’t harden like air dry clay. Plus, there isn’t any shrinkage as it sets.
The best clay for kids to make the following projects would be either air dry or polymer clay. It just depends on your preference. Now that you know what to use, you really need to check out these 30 fun clay crafts for kids. They would also be fun for adults!
Make a fun whale phone holder out of air dry clay. This simple craft is great fun and you can keep it forever to prop up your phone! You could make these phone holders as DIY gifts to give to friends and loved ones.
Oh my word these are so cute! Who, who, who wouldn't want to make these owls? I just love how these owl necklaces turned out! So fun and colorful, such a great diy jewelry craft that is perfect for older kids and tweens.
Kids will love playing with clay in this DIY pens project! They’ll learn to marble, and the pens make great gifts for friends and family. If you like simple clay crafts for kids, this is just about as easy as it gets.
If you’re a honey-lover, this should make you excited! It is Honey Bees vs Flowers in this cute tic tac toe game. This is an incredibly cute craft and makes for a lovely gift too. This is one of my favorite clay crafts for kids ever!
Even though these are super large beads, you won't use up your clay because the middle is a ball of aluminum foil! Ana shows how you can use them to make a statement necklace, door hanger, garland, keychain, backpack hanger or a funky lei.
A rainbow dish in the shape of a rainbow! Holly was inspired by Rainbow Brite's boots when making this, and I think it turned out just about as cute as can be. Both teens and tweens will love this project.
If you've never left the cactus trend behind (I didn't), then you'll appreciate this cute idea that kids will also love. Air dry clay, paint and a gold pen are used to make these super cute candle holders.