You guys. Confession. I am 27-years old and I still love playing with play dough. There, I said it!
There’s just something so…soothing and creative about it! I have a 2-year old and a 1-year old, so play dough is just getting fun at our house. However, I’ve been trying to research some play dough alternatives that don’t dry out because sometimes my daughter doesn’t want to ruin her creations right way just because her thrifty mom doesn’t want to have to buy another thing of dough. I also started looking for some play dough alternatives because we bought a play dough kit for Christmas and some of the dough was dry before we even used it! L-A-M-E.
I know, there are bigger problems in the world. But today I wanted to solve this one. So I spent over an hour researching and reading reviews, and here’s what I came up with:
I was going to put MOON DOUGH as number one because it’s the reason I started researching in the first place. I saw a commercial that made it look like the most magical stuff in the world, and that children’s imaginations were being blessed by the mere touching of it. Sadly though, I read reviews on the stuff and they just don’t match the enthusiasm of the commercials. So if you have used the stuff yourself, I would love to hear what you think about it. Maybe I’ll add it to the list if I can get enough positive testimonials from you all!
Alex Modeling Clay. Soft, moldable and doesn’t dry out. Comes in 16 different colors. This one is winning my heart.
PlayFoam. This stuff is different from “dough/clay” texture, but it looks equally as fun. Never dries out, doesn’t make a mess. Not as easy to make detailed art projects with, but great for younger kids (such as my own) who are developing fine motor skills.
Skwooshie. Okay, props to this one just for their name. “Mold it, Shape it, Skwoosh it.” Isn’t there a part in Finding Nemo where Dory says “I will call you Skwooshie, and you will be my Skwooshie.“? Guess it’s time for a re-watch on that one. ANYWAY…this one doesn’t dry out, is supposabley mess-free, and… (wait for it)..it’s gluten-free! Just in case your kid can’t touch the stuff.
Anyone tried Skwooshie? The reviews on this one have me convinced to try it out first.
Chenille Kraft Modeling Clay. Really high-quality clay that doesn’t dry out; however, many of the reviews stated they expected the package to be bigger. Probably would get this kind (higher quality) if I had older kids.
Ok! Time to comment and help me decide what to try first! Have you tried any of these?