This is PlayMais.Beautifully bright coloured pieces of corn starch which is a 100% natural,safe ingredient and completely bio-degradable.You can create,build and play to your hearts content.No glue is needed! You just simply add water and they stick together to build anything that you can think of.It comes from Germany but is doing very well now in the UK.It is aimed at children aged from just 3+ and won the 2009 Good Toy Award.
I have been given two lovely sets to try for them.The first was a Basic bucket which contains 500 pieces,a cutting tool again made purely from corn starch and a water sponge to use for dabbing your pieces onto.This set comes in a large plastic bucket and is made for children aged 3+ and retails at around £9.99.The pieces are lovely and bright and beautifully coloured with only food colouring.There was lots of colours included,a nice selection to keep my girls happy.Pink was a big hit of course but they loved the oranges,greens,whites and yellows to.You can create or make anything you like using as many or as little pieces as you choose.You can start with a nice easy PlayMais person or go for something much harder like a castle or a house.The possibilities of what you can make really are endless.
My daughters Chloe and Lily had a go at seeing what they could make.Chloe being 8 was really excited as this stuff was great for her imagination as there was no limits on what she could make.Lily on the other hand being only 4 was very happy to just look at the picture booklet for ideas.They were sat at our dinner table for over an hour playing quite happily.The great thing with PlayMais is there really isn't much mess.There was plenty of cutting and sticking going on but no glue or scissors needed.It was fab! What a great family activity.Something we could all have a go at together.This would be great for a rainy day as there's no end to the number of things they can create and make.Luckily its sunny at the moment but being on their Easter Holidays,its came in handy.Its offered them some simple yet very rewarding fun to keep them entertained for a few hours.The smiles on their faces each time they showed me what they had made "Look what i made mummy" They were both very pleased with themselves which is great..Here's a picture below of some of the lovely things they created,from flowers and trees too butterflies and caterpillars lol I think they did very well for their first attempt.Who knows what they are going to make me next time.
The second set was a PlayMais Safari box which includes a 1000 pieces and a pre - cut card board to build your jungle on.This set is for building jungle and safari animals mainly but i guess there nothing stopping you building what ever you like really.This set retails at around £16.99 which i think is pretty good for what you get and the hours of fun your kids will get out of it to.They've started building their trees like the ones shown above getting their jungle ready but haven't quite finished yet so I'm afraid the pics will have to follow.My girls are telling me its a surprise and i have to wait until its all finished,bless them.
Both of my girls love PlayMais,they have spent several hours enjoying the simple fun of just creating and making.It really is a great toy to get their brains and imaginations going.Playmais defiantly got a huge thumbs up from all of us here.