Playfoam

Playfoam

This will be a super short post, but just wanted to share this Playfoam that Learning Resources sent me as well as the Family Counters.

The non-sticky foam starts off in blocks of 6 vibrant colours…

Playfoam from Learning Resources - shared by Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how we were going to use it. I intended to put it in the water tray at first, not to use with water, but to contain it. I wasn’t convinced it wouldn’t be messy and slippery if it went on the floor. As soon as I got it out of the packaging though, I realised it would be fine on the table. It feels as though it is sticky, but when you rub your fingers together after using it, it isn’t at all.

 

Using Fine and Gross Motor Skills 

I don’t have chairs at our malleable materials table (which, to be honest, is mostly used with play dough), so that the children can use their gross motor skills as well as their fine motor skills. The playfoam was fab for this. Lots of pressing, pulling, pinching and rolling occurred without any prompting from the adults. Some of them put their whole body into it when pressing.

Using fine and gross motor skills with Playfoam from Learning Resources - shared by Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

The colours eventually merged together and became lighter, but this didn’t faze the children at all.

Using fine and gross motor skills with Playfoam from Learning Resources - shared by Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

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Moulding

All sorts of interesting shapes were created!

Moulding Playfoam from Learning Resources - shared by Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

The tools we normally use with dough were used too.

A thoroughly enjoyable material that I never expected to be so popular! They love it – in fact it’s been out for 2 weeks so far and is still going strong!

Your sausages are served (playfoam) - from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

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4 Comments

  1. HI Rachel, Just wondering what the play foam is made from? It looks interesting but I’m not sure about it.

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    • Hmm, I’m not sure, although it is advertised as non-toxic. The Learning Resources website might be more specific (the link above takes you directly to the product).

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  2. Hi Rachel. Playfoam looks so enticing. Would you consider it suitable for toddlers i.e. one to two-year old children?

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    • I don’t think I’d use it with that age. I don’t have the box anymore, so can’t check, but would have thought you wouldn’t want them mouthing it – we aren’t allowed to use polystyrene as it isn’t visible on x-rays if swallowed & causes a blockage. Would suspect that this would be the same. The website might have more details?

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