With half term upon us, I am always on the look out for new and interesting activities to keep Gemma and Jacob entertained. Luckily, the lovely people over at Learning Resources sent us 2 packs of Play Foam to try out.
I have never heard of Play Foam before, so was very interested to see what it was all about. It is described as ‘A mess free, creative play resource’. Now, all mummies like something that offers ‘mess free’ play yet the teaching assistant in me wants something that still allows children to be creative and have fun.
So when the package arrived, we opened it eagerly. The Play foam comes in a pack of 8 different colours and looks like tiny polystyrene balls. It feels almost sticky to the touch, but strangely it leaves no stickiness on your hands or the surface.
It’s very hard to describe, but basically it has the same properties as playdough – you can squish it, mix it and make it into shapes. But, unlike playdough, it doesn’t dry out and it doesn’t stick to everything – Gemma and Jacob have even played with it on my carpet, which horrified me, but there was no mess and nothing left stuck to the carpet.
The most accurate review, as always, comes from the children. I asked them what they thought about the Play foam. Gemma replied that it was ‘really pretty, nice and soft and easy to make a princess castle with’. Jacob told me that it was ‘super cool and you can squish it to make funny shapes’.
I think that pretty much sums it up. It has all the good points of more traditional creative resources with none of the bad points – it never dries out, it doesn’t stick to your carpets, your clothes and the dog, and it doesn’t turn into a horrid brown goo when you mix all the colours together.
I shall leave you with Gemma and Jacob showing you just how much fun you can have with Playfoam!
* I was sent these items free of charge for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own *