This play set adds even more dimension to the wonderful tactile experience of working with clay, making it the perfect practice ground for growing skills. As children receive important sensory input from the pliable clay, sturdy tools, and textured sculptures they create, they’ll also be reinforcing key motor skills such as finger strength, balance, and tactile perception. Every piece offers a unique way to experience texture—from bumpy rollers to carved stamping blocks—and an unspoken invitation to feel, press, stretch, and explore. The solidly made wooden pieces also encourage different kinds of grasping, helping build dexterity that can benefit future writing skills and so much more. Clever stamps—both carved into the wooden blocks and recessed in the tub lids—also encourage children to press and lift against resistance, building strength and control in the fingers and hands as they are rewarded with adorable pet figures and geometric shapes.
With four colors of clay and nine wooden tools to roll, stamp, and add patterns, children have lots of ways to explore texture, form, and color. Younger kids can identify the colors, blend them together, and match the colors of the clay to the colorfully painted tools. Older kids can create geometric shapes and mini-sculptures of their favorite things, or even form letters and numbers as a literacy exercise. For imaginative children, the variety of colors makes it easy to create an imaginative world: Kids can create characters, animals, vehicles, and more for pretend play or display-worthy artworks. Even the wooden storage crate can add to the fun: It can be used as a corral for animals, flipped over as a stage for mini-performers, and more.
Melissa & Doug toys are designed to fuel imagination, inspire exploration, and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning. From classic wooden toys to creative crafts for every age, Melissa & Doug’s timeless products educate and enrich in a way that’s as natural as playtime itself. Since their company’s founding 25 years ago, Melissa and Doug have been committed to making exceptional children’s products, with a focus on hands-on creative play and superior customer service. With their recognizable red-oval logo, Melissa and Doug put their names on every product they make—a symbol of their commitment to quality, attention to detail, and dedication to improving playtime for families around the world.