Hey Clay

Ages: 4 - 10Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys


Can you roll a little ball of clay, then flatten it into a round pancake? Hey Clay provides materials to create fun models of all sorts of creatures, from animals, birds and bugs to dinosaurs, monsters and aliens. The partner app breaks down the process of creating each model to simple steps just about anyone can do. While your models may not look exactly like the images shown in the packaging, they will be recognizable – and you and your child will have a lot of fun creating together.

Clever instructions in a free companion app, both audio and animated, demonstrate each modeling technique and each individual step is broken out separately. While younger kids might get a little impatient, our testers fully enjoyed the process – asking to make another so their creation would have a friend! Due to the many tiny elements in the Bugs and Dinos kits, our youngest testers found the Monsters and Aliens sets to be a little more forgiving for first time users.

Parents should know that not all he clay in these kits is colorfast. While it is easy to work with and dries to a pleasing sponge-like texture, some of the colors will transfer to other surfaces. Be sure to place the models on a washable surface, tinfoil or a paper plate while they dry.

Jennifer Wells ©2019 Parents’ Choice

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

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