Pete the Cat Playfoam Activity for Kids
Looking for an all-in-one activity kit for kids that will keep them entertained for hours? Educational Insights’ Pete the Cat Playfoam play set is just what you need! We recently had the opportunity to test it out and we were so impressed with it that we just had to share our experience with you. Even if you aren’t familiar with Pete the Cat (we weren’t, admittingly), your kids will still have a blast and will no doubt have all sorts of fun with this kit. Read on to see all the photos of the fun we had.
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What You’ll Need
- Play/storage box
- 8 packages of playfoam
- Pete the Cat shaping mold
- Skateboard with moving wheels
- 6 Pete the Cat die-cut accessories
We started by taking everything out of the (adorably shaped!) box and opening the packages of playfoam. As soon as the kids saw the inside of the box and all the goodies inside, they were so excited to get started! We were really impressed with the number of items included and the quality.
After opening everything, we jumped right in and started creating. First, the children decided Pete the Cat was going to get ready for school but apparently he didn’t wash his fur well enough and went to school with a full head of bubbles (aka white playfoam). As you can see from his face, he wasn’t too thrilled haha. So sorry about that, Pete the Cat.
Don’t worry, though, he made it to school bubble-free the next day. 😉
Next, we decided to make our own Pete the Cat with the die-cut accessories by first laying a bit of playfoam on our table and then squishing the accessories into the foam. The kids had a blast with this (and so did I!).
Next, we filled the Pete the Cat mold with playfoam and added accessories.
We loved that the skateboard really worked and that it had pegs that fit right into Pete the Cat so there was no frustration of him not staying on the skateboard as the kids played.
We even practiced our letters with the playfoam.
Then, of course, we had to try out some color mixing. The great thing about mixing the different playfoam colors was that even when they were mixed, you could still see the original colors, which meant no muddying of colors. 🙂 Not that we mind that entirely when the kids want to mix different colors of playdough or paint. Nonetheless, it was fun to mix the colors and still see the original colors. In fact, it reminded us of pointillism.
We played with our Pete the Cat playfoam kit for several hours before leaving it out to have lunch. It was a hot day and we left it out by the window in the sun and when we went back to it, it was rather sticky and left a bit of residue on just about everything it touched. So, we ended up leaving it out overnight (we don’t normally leave things out but it was promised by the company (Educational Insights) that the playfoam would never dry out, so we thought we’d test that out a bit. 😉 When we went back to it the next morning, it wasn’t sticky at all, and acted just as it had the first time we played with it. So, we suggest not leaving it out in the sun for hours, as the sun and heat may cause it to become sticky. If that does happen, however, simply move it out of the sun and allow it to cool down and it should go right back to its original non-sticky state.
Would we use this again? Yes, as long as it isn’t left in the hot afternoon summer sun again lol. The kids and I all had a blast creating different play sets for Pete the Cat, mixing the colors, making different letters and shapes, and using our imaginations. While we typically make our own playfoam, it was quite fun to have all those Pete the Cat accessories to go along with the playfoam and we would certainly recommend this set to others.
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