My family LOVES air dry clay! This stuff is awesome for kids arts & crafts! It feels a lot like regular potters clay, but not as messy. And it dries hard without needing to be fired.
Is it unbreakable? No. But neither is fired pottery. And it is quite strong.
We use and love Crayola Air Dry Clay, and have for years. The quality is good, the price is reasonable, and there’s just so much that can be done with it!.
15 Amazing Air Dry Clay Projects for Kids
You can get Crayola Air Dry Clay at big box stores such as Target, craft stores of course, or order some from Amazon.
For more of my recommended kids arts and crafts supplies (as well as art books, open-ended toys, etc), you can check out The Artful Parent Amazon storefront).
1. Model birds + pinch pot nests
Model sweet birds and pinch pot nests (as we did recently for a Kids Art Spot video and for our new Spring Arts & Crafts bundle).
This easy nature craft project is fun for kids to experiment making prints in clay.
These clay dishes are easy & fun to create and decorate! Use them to hold small trinkets, for display, or to gift to others.
4. Make a coil pot by Deep Space Sparkle
Learn how to make a simple or more elaborate version of clay coil pots.
Create heart shapes with cookie cutters & decorate the clay hearts with beads.
Lay a doily over air dry clay & press lightly with a rolling pin. Watch as the lace texture imprints onto the clay!
7. Creative Small World Play for Kids from Danielle of Little Ginger Studio
Your child can explore whatever their current interest is by creating their own figures for a small world or diorama. This is a fun open-ended clay activity for kids.
Choose a few cookie cutters, roll out some air dry clay, and create your own set of beautiful magnets.
9. Dyed pasta mosaic in clay by Buggy & Buddy
These colorful flower mosaics are the perfect projects for spring!
10. Painted mosaic pinch pots by Handmade Charlotte
These easy painted pinch pots are great for kids to put their little treasures in.
11. Mosaic Clay Pinch Pots from Benares of Children’s Art Lab
Dig into the recycling bin for materials to upcycle and create some amazing mosaic art for kids.
12. Create A Fairy House from Danielle of Little Ginger Studio
Learn how to make a fairy house using air dry clay, beans, & found nature items. Kids love creating these little houses & they encourage hours of imaginative play.
13. Make a Nature Mobile for Kids with Abbey of Wild Wattle Folk
Go for a nature walk and gather natural materials to use for this beautiful nature mobile. Painted air dry clay beads add the finishing touch!
14. Create Colorful Clay Relief Tiles from Danielle of Little Ginger Studio
Create gorgeous decorative tiles with air drying clay and a surprising method for adding color. This is a fool-proof project for novice potters.
15. Clay Coil Hearts from Danielle of Little Ginger Studio
These clay coil hearts are super easy to make and suitable for all ages from 4 years and up. I’ve made them with little kids and adults and they never fail!
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