I bought a package of this stuff when it was on sale at Zulily not long ago. I wasn’t sure about it – there were very mixed reviews. It seems like people either love it or hate it. But it was a great price (I believe it was $6, regularly $20 for this package). Well, we LOVE it! So I knew I had to share our thoughts and Emma’s creations with you. Note that this post is not sponsored in any way – I purchased the PlayFoam myself.
Here’s what I got:
And here is Emma exploring it for the first time:
What is PlayFoam?
It’s a non-toxic moldable foam medium – it reminds me of tiny Styrofoam balls that are held together with something sticky. But not sticky on the hands at all! It comes in many colors and never ever dries out. It’s really a blast to play with!
Especially if you happen to have a large supply of googly eyes on hand. ;-)
So we made some monsters, a caterpillar, and letters from the alphabet….
Oh, and a lovely hat…
and a birthday cake.
Other things we’ve done with it are:
Make a big ball and play catch
Make “cookies” (with a rolling pin), use cookie cutters to cut out shapes
Shape it into a snake and let her practice cutting with a knife
It really is versatile and as you can see it doesn’t look bad when all the colors are mixed together, unlike play dough and paint. ;-) Why is it so hard to get preschoolers to keep colors separate?
The only thing that concerns me is that it’s a choking hazard for babies and Isaac will pick up whatever he sees and immediately put it in his mouth . So we’re really careful about keeping an eye on her projects and making sure small sections don’t fall on the floor.
Emma asks for her PlayFoam every day – she really is taken by it, and so am I since it can’t ever dry out. She can leave it in a ball on the table and wake up the next morning finding it perfectly play-worthy.