Teaching Toddlers: Donut Polymer Clay

Donut Polymer clay

Made these donut polymer clay charms with my kids during playtime. Instead of using ordinary clay, I allowed my kids to use my polymer clay. The difference is that after forming a figure, we can bake what they’ve made and they can then use their creations as toys (If you don’t want to bake, you can use the air dry clay).

Air Dry Clay

My kids have made burgers, eggs, donuts, hotdogs, flowers, etc. and used them as toys in their ‘mini restaurant’. So they are literally making their own toys. =) Last time, we made Baymax Polymer Clay.

polymer mold
Silicon mold for polymer clay. Very easy for toddlers to use.
Donut Polymer clay
donut polymer clay charm

Advantages of using polymer clay for toddlers:

  • Not messy at all
  • Not sticky like the ordinary clay for kids
  • Easy to mold and remove from the mold
  • The finished product can actually be a toy. (If you don’t want to bake, use the air dry clay)
  • I can also make my own polymer accessories while they are busy making their own figures.

    Donut Polymer clay
    The big one is from Dunkin Donut. =) A real one. The rest are the polymer clay charms.

These charms can be used for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, keychains, and other accessories you might want some charms on.


  • I still let my kids use Play dough of course. There are times, they like using play dough, but when I say it’s time for “polymer clay” they just get really excited.

Other things you can incorporate while doing this activity with kids:

  • Choose a category. You can choose to make fruits, shapes, clothing, things used in school, things seen in the house, etc. This will make it easier for the kids to think of what they want to create next.
  • Introduce new vocabulary words. You can show pictures or samples of polymer clay creations from Pinterest to your kids. If you are showing pictures of vegetable polymer clays, look for some veggies that you know are new to them.
  • Extend the use of clays/ toys. Like any other toys, don’t stop at just making them (or buying toys), be sure to give idea on how to use it in real life. In this case, since we made something related to food, the kids acted as chefs and restaurant owners or waiters and used the clays they’ve made.
  • Introduce conversations. Here, the start of conversations used in restaurants, even the vocabulary words for cooking can be introduced. They’ve also learned some utensils used in the kitchen as they played.


If you are in Jeddah, you can purchase polymer clay and other art supplies from CLAY ART OF JEDDAH’s Facebook page.


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19 thoughts on “Teaching Toddlers: Donut Polymer Clay

  1. I see toy stores selling polymer clay. I have been meaning to buy and try, but not sure how it works. I am glad I came across your post. Btw would you know if the air dried types quality similar to baked ones?

  2. I have a friend who are into polymer clay, she accepts order for souvenirs or giveaways. I also want to try this because I find it too cute but I’m not sure if I’m creative enough. Good thing NBS sells polymer clay but colors are limited only. Shiny talaga finished product?

    1. I’m not that creative either, the youtube tutorials are just helpful and easy to follow. 🙂 I just added a gloss to make it shiny. You can use nail polish to have the same effect, but the clear nail polish might leave an odor. You can just leave it without gloss if you don’t want shiny ones. 🙂

  3. I’ve made some things with polymer clay as well. I really liked it. These doughnuts look great. I might start again now with the clay. Now I’m enthousiastic again. And I’ll keep your tips in mind.

  4. I love these! Those are such cute things! I always wanted to try polymer clay because of the boards that I have from Pinterest but I don’t really know where to but the accessories.

    1. Yeah, you have to wait until they are ready and not putting the clay inside their mouths. haha. It depends on every child. When you see he’s not ready, then wait. Usually around 2 onwards, but again, it depends on the child’s readiness. =)

  5. How cute! Parang gusto ko tuloy ng donut right now. Haha! And I remember my childhood na naman. If polymer clays are already available when I was a kid, siguro hindi mga dahon dahon ng mga halaman sa labas ng bahay namin ang niluluto namin sa mga lutu-lutuang toys namin. 😀

  6. I remember messing around with clay as kids. This is a welcome option, and if they can be baked and turned into toys, that is great, kids would love that.

  7. Those are real cute donuts. I’ve tried polymer clay months ago and it can be real fun. Even my 10 yo son who accompanied me then Enjoyed making key chains out of polymer clay. Your kids could do those pendants and charms for fun and Even for a living.

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