Modeling clay you can sculpt at home

Create tiny sculptures—no kilns required.

child and adult playing with clay
See what you can sculpt.Depositphotos

You don’t need a ceramics wheel class to start creating with clay. Grab a set of air-dry or polymer clay and start sculpting little toys or jewelry in your living room. They’re easy to work with, highly malleable, and just requires air drying or a home oven to set. Use it to create tiny accessories or realistic sculptures—something both you and your kids can enjoy.

Sago Brothers Air Dry Clay
A colorful starter pack with 24 colors and sculpting accessories.Amazon

This versatile clay set is a great way to start creating. It comes with 24 colors of air-dry clay, with matching sealed bags to store your clay so it won’t harden when not in use. It comes with three clay sculpting tools and a tutorial book. Air-dry clay is nontoxic, and lighter and softer to work with than polymer clay (so it’s great for kids). Once you’re done creating, just leave your masterpiece out to harden. It won’t stick to your work table, and if this set of colors isn’t enough, you can twist and combine to create new colors.

Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay
A versatile block of polymer clay to turn into jewelry or characters.Amazon

For the most freedom in creating, you’ll want to start with something simple, like a big old chunk of polymer clay. It molds like ceramic clay, but can be easily baked in the oven. After you shape and bake it, you can carve your sculpture, add color with acrylic paint or glazes, drill or sand it, design figurines, ornaments, tiny dishes, or anything else you can imagine.

Polymer Clay 50 Colors Oven Bake Clay
A range of colors, plus a booklet and finishing accessories.Amazon

To jump into creating, grab this 50-color set of oven bake polymer clay. It comes with a book with how-tos for 27 models that are easy enough even for a first-time clay artist, and a set of accessories like keychain or earring hooks for your tiny Totoro creations.