Crayola Dough

Crayola® Dough is a soft, colorful, non-toxic modeling material that is ready to use right from the bucket. Creating with Crayola® dough is an inviting experience because of its vibrant colors and pleasant smell. Its smooth consistency is easy for small hands to manipulate and texture, and the soft, non-sticky feel and easy joining characteristic encourage children's sustained involvement. Crayola dough washes easily from most surfaces.

Note: for permanent objects, allow finished pieces to air dry for several days. Cracks characteristic of dough products appear as pieces dry. Do not dry dough in a microwave oven or kiln.


  • Manipulate the dough with your hands. Try shaping, pinching, poking, patting, pulling and rolling. Join Crayola dough pieces to make figures, animals, food models and other objects.
  • Shape and texture Crayola dough with simple tools, such as a rolling pin or dowel, combs, pencils and plastic utensils, or press into the dough with textured surfaces.
  • Experiment with mixing colors. Start by mixing two of the primary dough colors (red, blue and yellow) together to make secondary colors (orange, green, and purple).
  • Use plastic knives and scissors to cut shapes from a flat slab of dough that has been rolled out with a dowel or rolling pin. Add texture and/or firmly press other shapes onto slab cutouts to decorate them. Use a pencil to open hanging holes at the top of ornaments, pendants and medallions that will be allowed to dry.
  • Embed 3-dimensional objects such as buttons into Crayola dough pieces that will be allowed to dry.
  • Make coils by rolling out snake-like pieces of Crayola dough on a flat surface or between your hands. Layer the coils and press them snugly together to build pots and other compact structures.
  • Create beads. Roll pieces of dough into balls or cut a coil into equal size pieces. Flatten, texture or roll coil pieces into balls if desired. Use a pencil or nail to open large holes for stringing, then allow beads to dry thoroughly before stringing on yarn. Make multi-colored coils by rolling two or more Crayola dough colors together. Use as suggested for coils or beads (above).
  • Combine dough beads, forms and coils to make relief designs, ornaments, and pendants. Use a pencil to open a hole at the top if ornaments and pendants. After piece dries, string it on ribbon or yarn.