I had seen Nutty Putty being talked about on Twitter, and had instantly thought that it looked like a great product. My children are notoriously hard to entertain, I’ve now lost count of the number of toys we have bought them, feeling 100% sure this would be the toy that they would love, this was going to be the activity to keep them entertained. However,
most of all of the toys are left discarded, and all activities abandoned after five minutes. Nutty Putty, however, caught my attention because it looked so fun, and being a wannabe crafty-type mum, I really wanted to give it a go too, and was pretty sure the children would love the novelty factor! So I was pretty made up when I was asked to review it!
The box was bright and colourful, with all the information on contents and safety highlighted on the back. There was even a handy handle for little hands to carry it if you were taking it somewhere!
So what is it? Here is the technical stuff… Nutty Putty is a silicone based product (you know, the really safe stuff they use for dummies and bottle teats, and other baby items which have to be 110% safe.) It also satisfies any other safety concerns by being antibacterial, and gluten free. All of the technical details are outlined on the Nutty Putty website here! It’s what you can do with it that is so exciting! You can basically mould it into anything you like! There was a booklet inside (also doubling as a mat for making your creations on,) outlining ideas for what you could make, from the very basic, to really quite technical! With DT being at the very lowest end of age appropriateness for the activity (3,) I let him choose what he wanted to make, from the basic ideas.
Everything that comes with your pack, the handy booklet, 8 colours (including glow in the dark,) cutters, rolling pin, and knives (plastic!)
DT opted to make a lollipop, (outlined in the book,) and a tractor (I had to adlib, as this wasn’t in the book!) Although there are further ideas on the website!
DT proudly making his first creations!
I think the best bit is that you can then bake what you’ve made (200 degrees, 15 minutes,) and get to keep what you have made for ever.
DT, with MA who had now finished napping and joined us, waiting patiently by the oven!
Some of our finished products! I had DT make 2 of everything, to avoid any screaming meltdowns, so they both had one each of the lollipop and tractor!
So with a little bit of help from me, DT stuck with this activity for the whole 2.5 hours MA was napping! And because he made the toys himself, he is absolutely delighted with them, and they have been added to other items in his Special Bounty (things he cannot be without, and asks to take everywhere with us/to bed etc…!) and they have played with what they have made every day. I think for older children, this is a dream activity. If you have a television programme you are really enthralled by (Raa Raa,) or have a certain theme you are interested in (Mr Men/Little Miss,) a child with a bit more dexterity could model the cast of Raa Raa, or their favourite Mr Man character! The possibilities really are endless! If you don’t want to bake your creation, you can just take it apart (colours separated quite easily,) and put it back in its pouch, which is re-sealable. We had some left over, which DT has asked to play with during most of MA’s naptimes. The only issue we found was that DT found it quite hard to roll, I had to do all of the rolling out, and I did wonder whether older children might have the same problem. But parents can quite easily help with this bit! It was very easy to cut, and the edges peeled away from shapes easily, leaving them intact and ready to be made into a part of the creation.
I loved this product, and will be buying it for the children as they get older-it is a fun activity for any child from 3 upwards!
The Special Bounty. With only a hint of disappointment that they couldn’t actually eat them…!
Disclaimer: I was given Nutty Putty for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!