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May
26
2011
May 26, 2011

Official website: http://www.playfoam.com/
By now, almost every parent is familiar with playdough whether you get the store bought version or you make your own. I personally love playdough for children because it’s open-ended and children can learn so much while they use it. Well, on a recent trip to our local science centre, my daughter spotted this box of Playfoam and really really wanted it. She’d used it a few times at daycare but didn’t have any at home so I thought, why not? We bought it, took it home, and opened it.

Product review: What happened?
The box we got has 6 different colours but after visiting the website, I quickly discover that packs of playfoam come in different sizes and with a wide array of colours. Out of all the colours, my kid chooses to open the pack of white playfoam. Now, I have to admit, it’s my first time feeling the playfoam and I don’t quite know what to expect.
I was oddly surprised: it feels sticky but because they’re little foam balls, it’s also incredibly light in weight. If I had the same dollop of playdough, it would be significantly heavier. You can squish it as you please and the little foam balls don’t all break apart like playdough would when it gets dry and crumbly. We were able to make a ton of different shapes or just use it like a giant stress ball. You can even combine the different colours and use them together. One thing you can’t do is blend the colours like you can with playdough. No matter what you do, you’ll still individual foam balls with their existing colours.


Verdict:

Would I buy playfoam again? Yes, but I do think you have to be careful with it. I think it’s a great activity for children older than 3 years old (if not older) for the pure fact that it is made out of foam which can pose a choking hazard for young children. Playfoam on their website also claims to be non-toxic, has no phthalates, or latex which are all great but again, just be cautious if using it with young children or children who just love to put things in their mouths. I’m also pretty sure I’ve seen knock off playfoam at different stores so I would be extra cautious with the chemicals/ingredients that are used to make the imitation product.
Another thing: I think it’s great that you can use the same playfoam over and over again because it doesn’t dry out but I have to tell you, that initial white chunk of playfoam we started off with looked like mud by the time we were done playing with it. Because the playfoam is sticky, it will pick up every little piece of dirt and grime on your kid’s hands so I’m not sure I’d really keep it and re-use the playfoam over a long period of time. Generally speaking, I make my own playdough and then toss it out after about a week or so. The cost of the playfoam may make it harder for you to dispose of it after a week so monitor those playful pieces for excessive junk buildup.
On the other hand, I also think it’s a great new medium for older children to explore. It’s definitely feels different and has a different type of playability than older sculpting media.

43 comments on “Playfoam – sculptable, moldable, clean fun for kids”

  1. Keneth R. says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Keneth, thank you so much for your positive feedback on the children’s Playfoam. It may not be for every family but it certainly is another option outside of the typical playdough recipe as another creative outlet for your child/children. Hope you come back to visit us again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there! Thank you so much for your comment on my product review blog and I’m glad you enjoyed my review on Playfoam. I hope to see you again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

    2. admin says:

      Hello there! Thank you so much for your comment on my product review blog. I’m glad you enjoyed my review on Playfoam. There’s a lot children can do with Playfoam so long as we give them the freedom to explore and create. In the meantime, I hope to see you again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there! Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive comment on my product review blog. I’m glad you enjoyed my review on Playfoam. Aside from the white playfoam, the rest seems to be holding up well although the yellow is looking a little ratty now. Hope to see you again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there! Thank you for visiting my product review blog. I’m glad you enjoyed my product review on children’s Playfoam. Actually, I’m sure Playfoam is a cathartic medium for adults too. Talk about squishing away the stress in your life! Hope you come back and visit us again! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello! I’m glad you enjoyed my little blog review on Playfoam. Let me know if your child plays with the Playfoam and what their thoughts were about the Playfoam. Hope you come back and visit us again! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Aww..thank you for the lovely comment! I wouldn’t say it was genius by any means, merely one family giving feedback on Playfoam, tis all! Hope to see visiting our website again soon. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello again! Glad you liked the product review on Playfoam so much that you left 2 comments! I greatly appreciate the feedback!Hope you come back and visit us again! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you for your feedback on our product review of Playfoam. At this time, I prefer to independently write the product and event reviews to maintain the integrity and philosophy of the website. Should alternate decisions be made, I shall be sure to think of you. In the meantime, I hope you come back to visit our product review site soon. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

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  15. reve says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello! Thanks for the compliment and for tweeting about us. That is too sweet of you. Glad you liked the Playfoam review. After all, as a family, one of the ‘things’ we ‘do’ is PLAY! Playing with your child helps to strengthen the existing bonds between parent and child and keeps those lines of communication open. Hope to see you soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Aw. thanks! Glad you liked my blog review about the Playfoam. After all, as a family one of the things we do is PLAY! When you have children, playing together becomes a natural favorite past time. Let us know if you use the Playfoam! Hope to see you again soon. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  17. ho says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you for the feedback! Playfoam is a lot of fun and that is one thing that we do as a family: PLAY! Let us know if you use the Playfoam! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  18. ho says:

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    1. admin says:

      Thank you for tweeting about us! I’m glad you enjoyed my review on Playfoam. It is an interesting and open ended play medium for young children but supervision is ideal since they are little foam balls. Hope you visit us again soon. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  19. Dwayne says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello! Thanks for the positive feedback. Let me know if you use the Playfoam. It really is an interesting texture for young children to explore. I’ve also seen similar products at discount stores but I’m not sure if they have the same quality as the Playfoam. In any case, because Playfoam is still made out of foam, I would always recommend that children use the Playfoam under adult supervision especially if you have a younger infant or toddler that loves to put everything in their mouths. Please visit our site again. We update all the time! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  20. Nancy says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there and thank you for your post. Here at thingsthatwedo.com, we try to provide a variety of product reviews and event reviews and of course, food reviews for anything that families might benefit from! I’m glad you enjoyed my product review on the Playfoam. Everyone knows about playdough, but how many have ever used Playfoam? Just be careful around small chidlren! Hope you’ll visit our site again for the latest blog updates and reviews! From the family at: http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Karla and thank you for your comment! I’m glad you like our product review on the Playfoam. It’s quite the neat medium for children’s creativity. It’s open ended and easy to use and has endless possibilities. Hope you’ll visit our site again soon! From the family at: http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

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