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Get Creative with Art Dough

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Playtime can be a great time to learn as well as a smart way to limit screen time. Whether you’re helping children craft their next masterpiece or just letting them have some fun getting messy and stretching their creative muscles, art dough is a great option for arts and crafts. Whether at home or in the classroom, art dough can also help build fine motor skills and get kids excited about art class. Check out our recommendations for the best art dough options for kids.

Best for Art Class

You’ll like that this art dough doesn’t have an offensive odor and is easy to mold and use. Thanks to the air-tight seal created with the tube lid, you don’t have to worry about it drying out.

The Crayola art dough is non-toxic and safe to use and the soft texture is easy for young children to manipulate. Plus, you can store it in the tub without concerns that it’ll dry out between uses.

Children will love using this art dough to make fun shapes or roll it out and use cookie cutters on it. Each tub is five ounces and is resealable. This is perfect for children of all ages.

We like that this kit comes with tools to mold and create a variety of shapes and designs. This set of clay is safe for children ages three and older.

Expert Commentary

Want your kids to experience and enjoy something new? Why not give them some art dough to play with? Like clay, art dough comes in a wide range of colors and kids can mold it into practically any shape. Parents can also provide accessories that can make playing with art dough an even more fun and enriching experience for kids.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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