Plasticine test & comparison »top 10 in january 2020

The 10 best children’s clay products at a glance.

Popular with children and also useful for developing motor skills – Plasticine is varied and just fun. To stimulate the imagination of the little ones, give them a set with different colors.

You should not neglect the age recommendation of the manufacturers, as this can vary depending on the type. So that your children can still enjoy the modeling clay even after repeated use, we also recommend that you choose washable products, that are easy to clean. By the way, to find out which dough can be washed off, you don’t have to do the test first, just take a look at our product table.

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Model * Pelikan Creaplast 619890 ÖkoNORM 76816 Eberhard Faber 572010 Stylex 28230 Sunnow kneading set Feuchtmann 6280307 Feuchtmann toys 6281341 Herlitz children’s clay 8770604 Hasbro Play-Doh 8-pack Hasbro Play-Doh basic colors C3898EU4
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14 reviews 36 reviews 13 reviews 108 reviews 101 reviews 6 reviews 2 reviews 43 reviews 27 reviews 132 ratings
Knead type Plasticine as bars
14 sticks
Plasticine as bars
10 bars
Plasticine as bars
10 sticks
Plasticine as bars
8 sticks
Plasticine as blocks
48 blocks
Plasticine as bars
8 sticks
Plasticine as bars
9 sticks
Plasticine as bars
8 sticks
Plasticine in cans
8 cans
Plasticine in cans
6 cans
Price per 100 g
330 g
approx.2.42 €
222 g
approx. € 1.98
349 g
approx. € 1.42
340 g
approx. € 0.73
1,288 g
approx. € 0.18
300 g
approx. € 0.98
900 g
approx. € 0.33
80 g
approx. € 2.30
224 g
approx. € 3.57
780 g
approx. € 1.06
Suitable for
Recommended age The age recommendation follows the manufacturer’s recommendation.
from about 4 years
from about 24 months
from about 3 years
from about 3 years
from about 3 years
from about 24 months
from about 3 years
from about 3 years
from about 2 years
from about 24 months
Main colors available
Gluten free K.A..
Washable K.A..
  • grade "very good" by Öko-Test (2016)
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • hardly dries out
  • neutral smell
  • saturated colors
  • with storage box
  • grade "very good" by Öko-Test (2016)
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • hardly dries out
  • neutral smell
  • saturated colors
  • grade "very good" by Öko-Test (2016)
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • neutral smell
  • saturated colors
  • with storage box
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • hardly dries out
  • saturated colors
  • with storage box
  • can be burned in the oven
  • 46 colors
  • extensive set
  • grade "very good" by Öko-Test (2016)
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • hardly dries out
  • saturated colors
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • saturated colors
  • with storage bucket
  • dimensionally stable and soft – figures succeed
  • hardly dries out
  • dimensionally stable and very soft – figures succeed
  • saturated colors
  • does not rub off
  • with reusable storage
  • dimensionally stable and very soft – figures succeed
  • saturated colors
  • with reusable storage
Questions and answers about the product Questions and answers about Pelikan Creaplast 619890 Questions and answers about ökoNORM 76816 Questions and answers about Eberhard Faber 572010 Questions and answers about Stylex 28230 Questions and answers about Sunnow kneading set Questions and answers about Feuchtmann 6280307 Questions and answers about Feuchtmann toys 6281341 Questions and answers about Herlitz children’s clay 8770604 Questions and answers about Hasbro Play-Doh 8-pack Questions and answers about Hasbro Play-Doh basic colors C3898EU4
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  • Plasticine is the classic among children’s toys that stimulates the imagination, trains the perception of shapes and strengthens fine motor skills.
  • Plasticine should always consist of harmless ingredients: avoid variants with preservatives such as formaldehyde or alum. Instead, prefer to use products whose safety has been confirmed by a testing institute such as ÖkoTest.
  • Also note that plasticine is never intended to be consumed unless it is plasticine. However, people with celiac disease or wheat intolerance should avoid this. Ideally choose a washable or washable plasticine if something goes wrong while playing.

A good hit in the children’s room is and remains the good old modeling clay, also known as modeling clay or rubber. No wonder, because modeling clay from clay is just fun – both adults and children. For children and babies, playing with the plasticine shows one particularly positive effect: So it will Imagination stimulated, the Form perception trained as well as the Fine motor skills strengthened. Plasticine is a very sensible toy for small earthlings.

At this point, the majority of parents mostly ask themselves what modeling clay is made of and what happens if the child sucks or swallows a piece of it. You will find the answer to this question and much more information in the following guide, which we highly recommend reading, because one thing quickly became clear during our research: Plasticine is not plasticine – so keep your eyes open when buying plasticine.

1. Dough ingredients: Manufacturers often leave you in the dark

Plasticine has different names: So the mass is also called soft plasticine, children’s clay or plasticine. Plasticine should not be confused with polymer clay.

Basically, plasticine is a kind of dough that consists of Water, oil, salt, flour or starch and food colors will be produced. If a modeling clay contains only these ingredients, it is a "natural" modeling clay (you could almost do it "Organic dough), which you can easily make yourself at home. In theory, this plasticine is also edible, being from one In general, eating of plasticine is not recommended is.

However, the "natural" modeling clay has one difficulty: it is not packed completely airtight, it dries very quickly and becomes porous. For this reason, some well-known manufacturers add waxes or kaolin, which is why it is really not advisable to eat this clay. The basic problem with this:

“… the ingredients of a sensitive product such as modeling clay do not have to be specified”

Öko-Test, Jahrbuch Kleinkinder 2016

So it is very difficult for the consumer to estimate when dangerous substances are contained in plasticine. This is made worse by the following fact: Some Manufacturers are guarding their modeling clay like a secret. For example, the brand manufacturer Hasbro (Play-Doh-Dough) writes on its website: “The exact ingredients of the PLAY-DOH play dough are top secret, so we cannot tell you anything else. But we can tell you that they are in primarily is a mixture of water, salt and flour. ”

So it remains unclear whether this children’s clay contains, for example, preservatives (such as formaldehyde) that are not only suspected of promoting cancer, but are also classified as corrosive. To be highlighted positively are, however, all plasticine manufacturers that Composition of their plasticine Not keep secret such as ökoNORM and other suppliers from our modeling clay Comparison 2019 / 2020, whose products have been checked, for example, by an eco test.

Here the Advantages and disadvantages of plasticine on a glance:

  • meaningful occupation; also for small children or babies
  • trains the imagination, perception and fine motor skills
  • Plasticine is often non-toxic and harmless to health
  • In finished clay, in a few cases, questionable ingredients have been detected
  • can stain textiles and furniture

2. The most popular types of plasticine: bars versus cans

Plasticine is usually available for purchase in two forms: either as a stick or in a can. In the following overview we will tell you what advantages and disadvantages each of these two forms brings.

Dehydration is prevented by the storage box
one stick corresponds to only a small amount of plasticine. Drying is prevented by a can
a can often corresponds to only a small amount of plasticine
Plasticine as bars Plasticine in cans
Plasticine in the form of a bar is supplied individually wrapped in film or all the bars share a film. This film cannot be sealed airtight after opening. The plasticine can dry out, which is why some manufacturers include a storage box. Plasticine in a can comes in a plastic can. This can be sealed airtight, which prevents the mass from drying out. The can is also the ideal storage option for the modeling clay.
Conclusion: Regardless of whether you choose dough sticks or dough in cans, make sure that you pack the dough airtight after crafting, since even a personal comparison dough comparator could otherwise dry out.

3. Buying advice: You should pay attention to this when buying plasticine

In addition to the shape of the plasticine, you should also consider the following purchase criteria before buying:

3.1. Hard facts: quantity and price

Toys and pollutants

If you are interested in the topic of “pollutants in toys”, we advise you to read a report by the Stiftung Warentest. The report can be found here . Incidentally, the Stiftung Warentest has not yet carried out a modeling clay test.

Kneading should give you and your children pleasure above all. To knead different shapes and figures, for example, you need a sufficiently large amount of plasticine. This is sometimes problematic, especially for plasticine in the form of a stick, since it is a single, colored stick often only a small amount of plasticine results. The same applies if the cans turn out small, for example, just 53 g of plasticine are contained in each can.

For this reason, we advise you to choose a modeling clay set from our modeling clay comparison a total of at least 300 g of modeling clay included in different colors. But even with this amount, you will quickly reach your limits. So ideally you buy two plasticine sets.

This won’t tear a hole in your wallet because Plasticine is a fairly inexpensive toy. So even the best quality modeling clay costs just under ten euros.

3.2. Something for everyone? Recommended age

Intelligent modeling clay or magic modeling clay or also clever modeling clay often has the following properties: It is stretchable, bounces like a ball, can be broken up and torn apart like paper. It is not suitable for tinkering or cutting out figures.

Basically, can already be very young children or toddlers (from approx. 24 months / 2 years) play with plasticine. The plasticine for such young children should be very soft, however, because children of this age can only exert a little force to shape the mass.

This in turn restricts the dimensional stability of the children’s clay, because soft plasticine deforms very quickly – especially when it gets warm and has only been rolled out thinly, for example in the form of an elephant’s trunk.

For something older children (from 36 months / 3 years) then play dough is suitable, which becomes increasingly hard. This is an added value for fine motor skills and patience.

  • from approx. 24 months = soft plasticine (also called soft plasticine)
  • from 36 months = harder clay
  • 5 years and older = hard plasticine (also called plasticine or modeling clay)

If you are unsure which plasticine is suitable for your protégé, it is best to choose a variant that is recommended from the age of 36 months, since this is the best Compromise between softness / hardness and dimensional stability.

3.3. Particularly relevant: harmlessness of the ingredients and edibility

Play with clay is always done with your hands. That is why it is advisable for adults as well as for children and babies to take care that the plasticine contains only harmless ingredients – after all, the youngsters like to put their hands in their mouths while playing.

If you want to be on the safe side here, we recommend you the purchase of plasticine, the safety of which has been confirmed by an independent testing institute. Our modeling clay comparison offers a wide selection of such modeling clay products.

Plasticine and edibility: Basically is plasticine Not suitable for consumption. If your child swallows a small amount of plasticine, this is usually not a drama if it is a plasticine whose individual ingredients are harmless – that is, of natural origin. If in doubt and especially if the plasticine contains alum, but see a doctor (more on alum under point 5.1.).

For parents whose children belong to the category of "plasticine eaters", the so-called "recommended" is also recommended Yummy Dough. You can buy these in large supermarkets, for example Kaufland in the baking area as a baking mix, because it is a plasticine for baking.

But Caution: This modeling clay contains sugar, but it is all the more delicious. You can also make edible modeling clay yourself, as the following instructions for chocolate modeling clay show:

3.4. For small piglets: washability

Playing with modeling clay is a real joy for children. It can look different for adults, especially if the plasticine ends up on clothing, the sofa or other furniture. For this reason, you should make sure that you buy a washable or washable plasticine.

Basically, the following applies: The more natural the ingredients of the modeling clay are, the easier it is to wash out the modeling clay. If a modeling clay contains additional wax, washing out or washing off is not possible because waxes do not react to water.

How to remove wax dough: Place blotting paper under the stain and iron out the mass with an iron. Wash out paint residues – in severe cases using gall soap or benzine. You can also put clothes in the washing machine as normal to remove paint residues.

4. Popular brands and manufacturers of plasticine

Below we have compiled the most popular manufacturers and brands from various modeling clay tests for you.

  • Aley Toys
  • ÖkoNorm
  • Baby roller
  • Knetix
  • NaturGut
  • Herlitz
  • pelican
  • Vedes
  • Simba
  • Happy people
  • Fimo
  • Edu Play
  • Waba Fun
  • Goliath
  • KnorrPrandell
  • Vevendo
  • Ravensburger
  • Becks
  • C. Kreul
  • Noris
  • Feuchtmann
  • Stylex
  • Disney
  • Eberhard Faber
  • Hasbro
  • Moses
  • Idena
  • Staedler

5. Questions and answers about the topic of plasticine

1. Why shouldn’t plasticine contain alum??

Many parents unsettle finished products and prefer to make children’s play dough themselves. But there is also something to consider here: As is clear from a press release, the Federal Association of German Pharmacists’ Associations, that various recipes for play dough for do-it-yourself are circulating, which contain alum. Plasticine containing alum can lead to poisoning if swallowed, which is accompanied by burning sensation in the mouth, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing. So this plasticine is poisonous. For this reason, only plasticine without alum is offered for sale on the German market.

If you still make plasticine with alum privately, you should not leave your children unattended with it and wash your hands after each contact. Children with a skin disease (e.g. neurodermatitis) should not come into contact with clay containing alum.

2. How to remove plasticine from hair or from the carpet?

The best way to remove plasticine from your hair is to use conventional cooking oil. First apply this over a large area and over the modeling clay and let it work for approx. 10 minutes. Then you can comb out the plasticine from your hair.

To remove plasticine from a carpet, ice spray has proven to be useful. Freeze the modeling clay first and then break or brush it off.


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