My son got some for Christmas this past year. He really loves to play with it. It is not really messy, but it's weird feeling. And doesn't seem to be very easy to work with, like playdoh would be. He has let most of his dry up on purpose, but the stuff I put back in the containers has stayed moist. I will not buy it again, b/c of the fact that it's not easy to work with. I'll stick with playdoh! Hope that helps!