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Melissa & Doug Shape, Model & Mold Play Clay
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- Colorful collection of play clay and wooden tools
- Includes 5 wooden stamping cubes, 3 rolling pins, 4 tubs of modeling dough, 1 patterned wheel press
- 4 vibrant colors (red, yellow, blue, and green)
- Adorable animal molds on every lid
- Great for fine motor skills, finger strength, color recognition, shape recognition, and creative expression
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Antidote to Screens
“Part of Melissa & Doug’s appeal is as an antidote, if not a substitute, for all that screen time.”
The Gold Standard
“The couple's brand of low-tech, mostly wood toys has become the gold standard in early childhood play.”
Play With a Purpose
“Melissa & Doug toys flex every muscle of a child’s developing sense of identity – and the toys are often tested by their six children.”
“Melissa & Doug is set on making toys that are meant to be timeless, in an effort to preserve a cornerstone of childhood...open-ended play.”
What makes Melissa & Doug toys good for kids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics says toys that inspire hands-on engagement, imaginative play, and rich interaction are the best choice. Each of our toys is thoughtfully and meticulously designed to encourage this kind of learning and development.
What other toys and products do you make?
We make more than 2,000 toys and other products for babies, toddlers, and big kids. Categories include: Pretend Play, Arts & Crafts, Developmental Toys, Children’s Furniture, Games, Activity Pads, Puzzles, Plush, and more!
Can I reach someone at Melissa & Doug if I still have a question?
Call us at the number on the back of our packaging. You’ll speak to a real, live person in our Connecticut office. We bet the human connection of a phone call will brighten your day!
Our modeling dough comes in four colorful tubs with molding lids and a patterned wheel press. The kit includes five easy-grip, wooden stamping cubes and three rolling pins with unique patterns! For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully-designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.” We design every toy to the highest-quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product!
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I love that I proved to be right on all 3 of those, because yesterday was one of those days with our little guy that was serving me my butt in a wheelbarrow, and this morning when we tried to walk in a different direction other then his sister's school wasn't any better, and I totally needed to see something succeed like crazy.
So, as you can see from the manufacturer's picture, these canisters of play clay are tiny. Just barely enough to be functional with this kit. It did initially seem goopier to me then play do, but it honestly didn't stick to the table any more then play do did, and I didn't have any problems whatsoever cleaning things out when we were done. Very miniscule amounts of the clay product actually stuck to the wood block we were using, none of it stuck to the rollers, which seemed to have a higher gloss varnish/sealer on them, so they're a bit less sticky. And I'm going to respectfully disagree with another reviewer that plastic play do toys are better, because we've got a full set of those and have since our daughter was a toddler...and let me tell you, it doesn't matter what they're made of, if play do dries in them, they can be murder to clean out regardless, but sometimes plastic is easier to break then wood if you're trying to chip out dried play clay.
I did notice that a small bit of paint came off from the red block we were using into the clay, but I looked at it closely, and it appeared to be some loose painted wood dust that was left over from manufacturing, because I didn't see any chipped paint on our block. But I imagine paint could chip over time with use and it would go into the clay. But then, anything including pet hair will do that, so I'm not really going to be fussy about that.
For our son, he's 5, and his hands are a bit on the big side for his age. He can grasp the one handed roller fine, it's more fine motor for him to do the other rollers because he can't wrap his hands all the way around the grippers and has to use his finger tips. Which I think can be useful as well. So, if you are getting this for an older or a bigger pre schooler or kindergartener, that is something to consider...they may be more comfortable with something with a larger hand grip space. But since he has fine motor needs also, I'm pretty groovy with that. And I think that the shapes in the lid are super cool too and I'm going to progress up to those once he's feeling comfortable with the blocks. So overall, I think this is a very cool product.
The rolling pins are pretty fun, even for adults. It's true that they're pretty tiny, but they're the perfect size for little hands. The cutter is a big hit as well. We love that they are made of wood and don't seem terribly fragile, like the tools I remember snapping in half as a kid! I did buy this set when it was a Deal of the Day, so I'm not sure I'd buy it at a much higher price, but we really enjoy it.