Monkey loves anything which he can manipulate with his hands and get creative with, so when we were asked to review Flairs Plasticine Softeez I naturally said yes. Aimed at the age range of 3+ Plasticine Softeez has the same stability as the plasticine we know and love but is softer. So its easier for little hands to mould and just like traditional plasticine it never dries out.
For our review we were sent three sets of plasticine softeez:
- 6 x 150g slabs of Plasticine Softeez RRP £1.29 each
- 1 x Softeez Tub of Fun RRP £4.99 – This tub contains 5 sticks of Plasticine Softeez and 2 fun shaped cutters (we had a boat and a butterfly). Because of the handy little tub it means that you can effectively take it anywhere so great for modelling on the move.
- Softeez Cupcake Creations Kit RRP £7.99 – The kit contains 9 sticks of Plasticine Softeez, cupcake mould and cutter, rolling pin and cutting tool.
Monkey wanted to try out the tub first. He did manage to warm up the plasticine himself although to be honest he would rather I did it for him, handing me each of the colours in turn. I found it very easy to manipulate and it was ready to use in no time at all. Just as well when you have an impatient pre schooler watching you.
Monkey set about rolling out and cutting away, requesting that we retrieve more shapes from the toy room.
It didn’t take him long to ask the inevitable question… ‘Can I mix it up mummy’. Now we have a rule in our house which generally means things like play dough can not be mixed together. I know I am mean but I just can’t bring myself to do it. However since I know plasticine is designed to be mixed together and its a good opportunity to help Monkey with his colours, I agreed. Then felt immediately guilty fro depriving him previously when his little face lit up. Bad mummy!
The sheet that comes with the kit makes some suggestions on the colours you can create. We opted for purple (as we were making a rainbow each) and also brown
I showed Monkey how to mix them but he was able to mix them himself which goes to show how easy it is to manipulate. Heres our finished rainbows:
From rainbows we moved onto the cupcake kit. Monkey was very excited about making the cakes as we did it in a different sitting and he had been asking to make them for a couple of days. As you can see from the photo above it comes with a cupcake base mould. If I’m honest I was a little dubious about this, I could see Monkey putting the plasticine in and it getting stuck and needing to be dug out. Resulting in plasticine stuck all under mummy finger nails – baaaarrr humbug!
My fear didn’t stop him getting stuck in and I need not have worried, as the mould itself is made of silicone similar to the ones we actually use at home to bake with. Although Monkey struggled with pushing it out initially, but he soon got the hang of it. The trick was getting him not to squish it as soon as popped out! There is a cutter to add on the icing which Monkey did but the actual decoration was left to me. I can imagine if you have a slightly older child with more developed fine motor skills they would be in their element. However Monkey preferred to make the cakes and hand them to me decorate.
Things I loved:
- The price, especially the blocks on their own, they are great value for money as you get a lot and it goes a long way. They cover off all the primary colours plus green, white and black. Which means your colour combinations are limitless
- Educational nature of teaching Monkey colour combinations and mixing
- Development of fine motor skills
- The colours are bright and vibrant and do not come off on your hands (bonus)
- Its so easy to manipulate unlike other modelling materials we have tried which when you have an impatient pre-schooler waiting to get stuck in is a real result
- Anything that encouraged imaginative play always scores well with me, by the end of the cupcake session we were making dinosaur fossils: