Thursday, 14 April 2016

Plasticine Softeez

It was raining almost every day in the last week of our Easter school break, and we spent a lot of time indoors, trying to do different activities including stickers, colouring, tracing, baking, doing puzzles and playing with plasticine.
Plasticine Softeez is a new range of super soft modelling clay. It is aimed at children aged 3+, and is an easy pliable material for little hands. Unlike the traditional plasticine, Softeez doesn't dry out.

Among the other plasticine goodies we received a Plasticine Softeez Under the Sea Play Box, which comes with twelve blocks of Plasticine Softeez, a play mat and nine accessories including a roller, shape cutters and two modelling tools. There is also an instructions sheet.

The underwater scene shows the bottom of the sea with a couple of sea creatures and corals.
Eddie was happy to roll the plasticine, using the roller. Cutting the shapes was easy enough, when I showed him that he needed to press a bit harder to cut a clean shape. The little spear-shaped modelling tools are helpful for adding lines and patterns.

Just like with cookie cutters, some shapes are more fiddly than the others. That's where the modelling tools come handy to push the plasticine carefully out of the cutter.

All the primary colours are included, and by mixing them, you can create as many shades as you like. The only limit is your imagination.
Under the sea set has a good range of colours, so we kept them as they are.

This creative activity is educational and fun at the same time. It helps develop fine motor skills as well as stimulate imagination.

Eddie had great fun, playing with Under the sea set as well as the extra plasticine blocks. He started with a rather wobbly little car, then moved onto more challenging projects.

This panda might be cross-eyed, but he enjoys his bamboo shoot and a sweetie.

Plasticine Softeez will make a lovely gift for any child who enjoys creative activities. These sets and separate blocks of plasticine are good value for money.
Our only issue is that the play mat is made of a thin plastic which once unrolled, doesn't want to stay that way. Perhaps making it from a slightly sturdier plastic or laminated paper would give a better working surface.

For the information on the full range check out Plasticine Softeez on Facebook and visit @PlasticineUK on Twitter.

Disclosure: we received a selection of Softeez products for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are Eddie's and mine.

1 comment:

  1. These look great - love the vibrant colours. Juliette is obsessed with Fimo but it's always a pain when I have to bake it in the oven !