Best of all, it's one of those magic materials (like Legos, unlike Play-Doh) that provides double-fun: fun in the crafting, and fun in playing with the finished product. (Once you've made something out of polymer clay, you bake it for 15 minutes. After your creation cools it's pretty much unbreakable.)
My daughter spent hours one rainy weekend fashioning tiny polymer clay treasures. She created foods and plates on which to serve them. She also made little animals with custom-fitted baby bottles (she has to feed them, after all).
- Homemade action figures, Pokemon characters, etc.
- A tiny village or neighborhood (think: Christmas mantel decorations!)
- A homemade tea set
- Props for a dollhouse
- Beads and buttons
- A set of fridge magnets
- Claymation video projects
- Play money
- A model train set (a friend made an entire track winding through a forest)
- School projects: dioramas, models and science fair displays
If you have a kid that loves miniatures, is a Wallace & Gromit fan, or could use a little fine-motor skills practice, you've found your material.
You can buy polymer clay at just about any craft store; you may even find it in the craft supply section of big box stores. Check out Polyform for more project ideas.
Note: Polymer clay is made of PVC and colored with non-toxic dyes, and contains no phthalates.
Who else is a fan of polymer clay? I'd love to hear your project ideas.