Today I’ve got a video review that my son Cedar and I made in summer 2008. Or I should say a video that my son reluctantly made. Cedar would rather be showing off his dance moves than talking about a toy, but he’s also a semi-good sport. It’s nuts to see this old video by the way; Cedar’s hair is so long now. He looks like one of the Beatles.
PlayMais is an eco-friendly craft material that’s fun and 100% biodegradable. In the video review below we say “cornstarch” to make things simple, but if you want to get technical, PlayMais is made from non-GM maize, semolina and water, and dyed with natural food coloring. When you’re done playing, PlayMais washes away down a sink. PlayMais sets come with a little knife made with biodegradable materials as well.
PlayMais are not only eco-friendly, but easy. Even small children can use them. No glue is required, just a dab of plain old water will hold these together. Various kits are available, which I’ll post after the video. And now, for a little demonstration of what you can build with these…
Where to find PlayMais:
PlayMais are super inexpensive which is a nice bonus but they can be hard to find. For a while I thought maybe the German based PlayMais company went out of business, but lately I’ve seen them around the web with some new PlayMais products, so I’m not sure what’s up with the hard to find issue.
We bought our set locally, at a small town toy shop; Kazoodles. If you have a local toy store, you should check with them – it’s way more eco-friendly to buy local. If you can’t find PlayMais locally, here are some places online sets you can buy.
- PlayMais Large Box
- PlayMais XM Box
- PlayMais Ocean Theme Box
- PlayMais Fun Farm Theme Box
- Organically Hatched carries an assortment of PlayMais, including the harder to find creative model sets (dragons, castles, and more).
- PlayMais – what appears to be the official website for PlayMais in Canada.
- UK PlayMais retailer
Have your kids used PlayMais? What do they think?