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Improve Fine Motor Skills with Modeling Clay

Children playing with colorful modeling clay on the table

Modeling clay is fun for kids, but it also lets children tap into their creativity while building better hand control and agility. And especially for younger children, play that requires them to create something with their own hands is a great way to sharpen fine motor skills.

This modeling clay set features 46 different hues of modeling clay, plus sculpting tools and accessories to make clay jewelry. This set even comes with project tutorials, so kids can use their imaginations or learn how to create adorable little figurines.

This Crayola modeling clay has a texture that’s soft and perfect for younger children to use and reuse. Store the clay in the tub to keep it moist so kids can reuse it, or let it air-dry for a permanent creation. In 24 hours, it’s dry to touch, and it hardens in 72 hours. At that point, kids can add color by painting their creations.

You’ll appreciate that this modeling clay is plant-based, non-drying, non-hardening and non-staining. In total, you’ll get four pounds of clay that is ready to use out of the box.

This modeling clay pick is a two-pound container that’s soft and non-hardening. You can also blend it with other colors to create new colors. We like that this pick is safe for all ages.

The DAS modeling clay is ideal for art class or at home use thanks to its pliable texture which also builds hand strength and fine motor skills. The clay hardens within 24 hours.

Expert Commentary

Modeling clay is a wonderful way for kids to explore 3-D art. Most kids are used to 2-D coloring pages, but working with clay helps children work on their fine motor skills and creativity in a new perspective.

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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