A.K.A. Five Fun Things to Do with Playfoam® on a Saturday Afternoon
Playfoam® is the perfect crafting material. Seriously! We’re not just saying that because we make it. We’re saying it because we have kids who craft on our carpets, stick it to their car seats, and sport it on their tee shirts. But that’s cool, because Playfoam doesn’t stick to anything and it never dries out! So we find it, we scoop it up, we smash it in a baggy, and we carry on being our super bad selves. Plus, it’s totally awesome for getting crafty. Besides the finger fun of squishing, squashing, and squeezing, it’s great for getting artsy. So grab your Playfoam (and your kids. Or not…) and try one of the awesome ideas below:
Craft a Critter
You can make some seriously cute, 3-D creatures with Playfoam – even if you’re not an awesome artist. Start with a round, ball-shaped body, then squishy in a few legs, a round head, and a tail. Now add some fun features – ears, eyes, nose… Don’t worry about mixing colors – your Playfoam will still look pretty. From spooky spiders to pert little piggies, you can craft your very own pet shop! Make a baby for each creature and help your little one match them up. Or make food for them to eat or beds for each pet or…
Sneak in some serious preschool skills while they’re not even looking! Kids can learn those letters – and numbers and shapes – with Playfoam Shape & Learn Sets. Just pick a card and place it in front of your kiddo. Then see if they can make the matching letter or number out of Playfoam. Way more fun than practicing with a pencil – plus they get to smash it when they’re done. You can also bury a refrigerator letter magnet in a ball of Playfoam and challenge your smarty to tell you the name of the letter and the sound it makes.
Make a Mosaic
Do some collaborative crafting with a Playfoam mosaic! Start by creating a simple, flat pattern of Playfoam colors in the center of the table. Park your kids around the table and let them add to the pattern until the table is covered in a colorful, Mandala-style mosaic. Then let them smoosh the whole thing up into one, big, rainbow-colored pile of Playfoam.
Grow Your Own Garden
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary… you can grow your own garden – minus the dirty dirt and wiggly worms – with Playfoam! Start by pinching off a finger of Playfoam and smashing it flat to make your first petal. Continue until you’ve got a flower-full, then roll a green stem and pinch two green leaves and smoosh them beneath to form your flower. Roll a round sun and press it flat, add strips of green grass below, and voila!
Cut It Out!
Grab those cookie cutters and shape up the fun! Let your little ones use a plastic rolling pin to flatten their Playfoam. Then choose a cookie cutter, press, and pop out a super-cute shape! Add some dimension with a Playfoam themed set, featuring reusable, 3-D molds. Choose from Undersea Adventures, Dino Pals, Vroom & Zoom, and Fairy Tales and turn craft time into creative play – total two for one!
You can also craft your kiddo’s favorite foods and play diner, sculpt the characters from the book du jour and act out the story, and so much more! Feeling left out? Don’t. There’s a brand new, grown-up game using Playfoam to complete crazy, timed sculpting challenges. Pick up Sculptapalooza™ for your next party today!