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Fun For The First Hour

  • Mar 15, 2011

My kids enjoy building things out of all manner of materials, so I was excited to let my 6-year old daughter try this product out. She unpacked all of the container and after a cursory look at the instructions, started creating "monsters" using the supplied creature forms. We immediately ran into issues with the forms not locking securely (you have click them shut) and the clay not easily covering them. The feet also tend to fall off when the creatures are lifted up. Anyway, the biggest hassle came when using the dot popper. It takes quite a bit of practice to get it to release a uniform dot of material like shown on the packaging. Even then it can be hit or miss. This may be too tasking for some youngsters who just want to have creative fun. My 10-year old son gave it a try and was frustrated by the tools too.

In the end, the kids just made everything by hand and none of their creations came out looking much like what you see on the box (which is fine). When mixing colors of clay, you get a muddy, tie-dye effect. No going back to a solid color after that. The clay has an odd, soft texture that is fun to touch, but doesn't seem ideal for building things. The kids did have fun with it for a short while, but after an hour or so they lost interest I was left with a mess of tiny pieces to clean up. The pieces that fell on the white tile floor left smears of color when wiping up, and a few pieces that worked their way into a carpet are still there and have stained it. The packaging is not ideal for storing forms tools and clay containers since once you've opening it is cannot be easily re-packed.

I just got some modeling clay from an art store and my daughter has had much more fun creating sculptures using it than she did with the Crayola Presto Dots. She also prefers Play-Doh to Dots. Unlike these other two fun craft clays, replay value is next to nil with the Dots, and the finished products are less sturdy. Some kids may enjoy assembling the dot creations, but not mine. I don't think it is worth what you pay for it and would not recommend it.

~ Kort
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