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My friend bought my son some playmais and a playmais model book for his birthday and i had never seen anything like it before .
It resembles those polystyrene like wotsit shapes that they use for packaging when you get a parcel delivered but this is all different colours.
It is made from cornstarch and food colouring so is quite safe for young children to play with. It is biodegradable so when you have finished with it you can pop it in your compost bin.
Included in the box along with the pieces are some sticks (i am still to work out what purpose these serve ) a craft knive and a cloth.
To make the models you soak the cloth in water then squeeze it out , you can squash , cut and roll the pieces into your desired shapes then to stick them together you simply moisten with the cloth , no glue no mess just a dab of water.
We also had a playmais book that instructs you how to make animals some of the models are very hard to make even for adults ( although i am not the most artistic) however we have managed to make an elephant ,an owl, a fox and a snail. The book shows you the picture then gives you step by step instructions but it must have been produced in a different language originally and a lot of the stages are either missing or there are some translation issues so you need to be a bit inventive , In my opinion the book would be too hard for children to understand on their own.
All in all Playmais is a good mess free alternative to other arts and crafts products and with a bit of practice can produce some good models
Playmais is a childrens (or adults!!!) activity for modelling. Unlike playdough and plastersine it doesn't get sticky and go all over your nice cream carpet or all over the kids clothes!!!!!
Playmais looks like mulicoloured Wotsits, and they're made from pretty much the same thing! Maize.
Its very safe as its simply made with cornstarch and water, and its coloured with basic food colouring so its non toxic which is essential when letting your kids loose with it!!!
Its also very easy to use, all you do is wet the end of the wotsit type thing....so technical that...and this activates the starch making it sticky enough to stick to other things (windows, doors, cars, walls, tables or other playmais) this means you can make a pattern on surfaces (any mess will come away with warm water!) or you can make a model with the playmais.
This stuff is great fun for anyone, its especially great for kids as it encourages them to use their imagination and creativity to make something special and wonderful!! It can be reused as long as you can take it apart from the other pieces its stuck to without breaking it too much, but this isn't usually an issue, and so it can be used again. The pieces can also be cut, shaped, rolled etc to make any shape you like!
It is a little expensive at £4.99 for 89g (this isn't much net weight but as they're very light like polystyrene there are quite alot of pieces, around 200 but this isn't much for almost £5).
But it is fun, and like I said you can reuse it as long as you don't cut it up! And I'm sure you'd be able to get it cheaper from the likes of BnMs and Home Bargain if they had it in!
Like most people I had not heard of playmais in until a week ago when it was pouring with rain and we where visiting my mother in law and she brought out a box of playmais.
To me it looked like she had brought out snack to shut the kids up as playmais looks like large different coloured wotsits.
Grandma explain to my 3 and 4 yr old how playmias works and they where away, they didn't make any thing really special but they had great fun using them, my husband on the other hand got a little competitive with his sister seeing who could make the best model (when will they grow up)
Playmais advertises it self and very eco friendly as it is crafted from non GM maize and manufactured in Germany using bio fuel in a factory where food, animal and organic waste is used to power the manufacturing plant.
So what do u do with playmais:
Playmais does look like giant wotsits that you model with, no glue is required as just a small amount of water activates the starch in the maize to form a glue which will stick many surfaces, car, glass and off course other playmias.
Playmais is great for all ages over 3 as they will all find some thing to do with it, from just learning to but the pieces together to making a major model.
A box of playmais cost my mother in law £4.99 from amazon which i think is a great price
lots of fun but best to keep well away from younger kids as they will think they are food
So, have you heard of PlayMais then? No, neither had I until quite recently when I was with my sister and her partner's boys and it was raining. My sister suggested that we play with the PlayMais. The what?
I assume you have heard of Plasticine? Well, PlayMais is the new Plasticine, but what is new and why is it different?
Well PlayMais is made from corn starch and water and is coloured with non toxic food colouring. It is safe for children to play with and is 100% biodegradable. This means that, when the PlayMais is past its best and it is time to throw it away you can just throw it on the compost heap. How's that for recycling?
Incidentally the colouring won't stain clothes either and will wash out at 30 degrees. It is not edible and as such should not be eaten but having said that being cornstarch and food dyes if your child did put some in their mouth it shouldn't do them any real harm.
The product is a German invention and has already won awards in its home country and it is available all over the world, but it is only just on the verge of taking the UK by storm.
PlayMais comes in all sorts of lovely colours and arrives in little blocks which reminded me of brightly coloured Cheesy Wotsits! OK then who remembers the strips of Plasticine we used to have as children? I know there were different colours but they were never very bright were they? Anther difference between the two is that unlike Plasticine, PlayMais won't end up as a brown mush after you have played with it for a while.
The PlayMais feels pliable and can be molded, shaped, cut, squeezed, torn and rolled. The modeling of the PlayMais helps children with their dexterity as they are learning to make ever more intricate creations.
The boys are aged 9 and 13 and the 9 year old in particular loved being so creative. He made a brilliant dinosaur and was even heard to say the following day that he was disappointed it wasn't raining as he wanted to play with the PlayMais again!
PlayMais isn't just a stand alone toy either. By moistening it you can stick blocks of PlayMais together but it will also stick to many other surfaces too. You can stick it to cardboard, glass and paper to decorate cards, pictures and painting or to make window decorations - you can even decorate flowerpots with it.
You can also fix your PlayMais to wire, toothpicks etc for making models - for example you could use this idea to make the axle for a model car. Mind you - you know what children are like - just give them the PlayMais and they will show you what they can do with it.
As with Lego these days you can buy special packs of PlayMais to make specific models such as a castle, a pirate boat, a farm, a circus and a car to name but a few, at prices from £12.99 to £19.99. You can also buy just a box of various coloured pieces of PlayMais and appeal to your child's imagination. These boxes are available in various sizes and, obviously, various prices and I must admit I think this is much the best idea. I could never understand why you would want to buy a box of Lego bricks that just made one item rather than a box of random bricks with which you could make anything you liked and I feel exactly the same about PlayMais.
It's things like this that make me wish I was a child again - I hope my sister lets me play with some more toys soon!
It is made from cornstarch and water, and coloured with food colouring.