We love play in the Stressy House, but mummy is a little bit tense when it comes to things getting very messy, so when the Playfoam arrived from Learning Resources and I saw the little balls, I was not convinced.
But there it was, bold and clear on the packaging; "No Mess!"
I wasn't convinced, but it was very light and extremely pretty to look at with the little sections of coloured balls with added glitter (this was a definite plus point as far as A was concerned).
So we tore open the packaging and were very pleasantly surprised by its contents. Playfoam is made up of lots of sticky balls, sticky enough to mould the foam into shapes, but not sticky enough to stick to hands anything else.
Unlike other sand or dough based products, when you combine the colours, you are left with a really lovely mix of colours rather than everything turning into a grungy brown colour.
Easy to mould, Playfoam is great for sensory play and fine motor skill development and is very therapeutic. A and I spent ages squidging and moulding the Playfoam into different shapes and we both enjoyed it.
There really is no mess. The odd ball or two escaped occasionally but it was easy enough to scoop them up and join them back with their friends.
Playfoam is non-toxic and doesn't dry out. We have had ours out of the packaging now for two weeks and it hasn't lost any of its stickiness at all.
The only negative that I would say about Playfoam is that it is quite difficult to mould into specific shapes and A became a bit frustrated when she was trying to make a duck and struggled. However, overall, I think that Playfoam is a really amazing product to encourage children (and their parents) to enjoy some relaxing, mess free, creative play.
Learning Resources currently have a competition to win one of five packs of the Playfoam Combo 8-Packs over on their Facebook page. This competition is running until the 7th June.
We were sent the Playfoam for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are our own.