I love how classic products I used as a child are still available today, especially when they have such great developmental properties such as Plasticine (a registered Trademark of Flair Leisure Products plc). Recommended from ages 3 and over, at pocket-money prices, encouraging the creative side whilst helping to hone in fine motor skills. I was sent a variety of different sets of Plasticine to share my honest opinions of them.
My Thoughts on Plasticine
Plasticine does not shrink or harden, and can be used again and again. Plasticine is easily manipulate into shape with a bit of pressure, or by using the tools to perfect the required shape. Models can easily be created, changed and adapted – perfect if a mistake is made, or just something new wants to be added or taken away from the masterpiece. Then they can be taken them apart and something new can be built – providing hours of fun. Colours can be kept separate or mixed together to create new shades. They are a great way of designing without the mess, although it did leave hands feeling like they could do with a wash. I liked the packaging and how there was not much waste, but apart from the Funtubulous, there was no way of storing the Plasticine until the next time it is used. I found the shapes hard to get out without breaking (particularly the plane) and disappointing that my Leonardo had a purple mask. Other than that I thought it was super fun and good for self-esteem as it was relatively easy to follow make some impressive looking models.
Plasticine Prices and Sets
Plasticine prices starting from only 99p (80g) for the BaSix packet. As the name suggests this starter pack comes complete with 6 colours (white, purple, orange, green, black and red) perfect for first creations. The Fluro (130g) pack (£1.99) comes complete with a sculpting tool, perfect for those who desire a little more precision in their models. The set also had some very fluorescent looking colours. The Funtubulous (£6.99) tub of Plasticine is perfect for young and old with brightly coloured Plasticine and four shaping tools. With Colour Max (400g – £2.99) being perfect for those who want to add more colour to their creations with 24 to choose from – and if they wish to learn about colour mixing gives a bigger range of colours to pick from. Each set also came with a leaflet for inspiration on what to make.
Plasticine does not just have to be used with itself though and I have seen some fantastic creations using all manner of objects like spaghetti, gems, googly eyes – the possibilities are endless. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Squidgems (£1.49) have a sheet of card to add to the 4 Plasticine sticks and simple step by step instructions on how to make your own Leonardo, Donatello, Michel Angelo or Raphael (each Turtle sold separately)
Why not see how TiredMummyofTwo got on with her Plasticine sets.
I was sent free Plasticine goods from Flair for purposes of an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.