Building with Corn

Not playing with food but using processed colourful fluffy potato, hold on, no, corn! (I’m sure I was told they are made of potato but when reading more about these online turns out the bits are made of corn. Biodegradable anyway). It was not quite free, not even cheap but also not expensive. We tried these last summer on a kids festival, I liked them, and as I’ve mentioned before, I like to give time as a part of my present to my kids. This was a Christmas present to our kids aiming for us to have something fun to do together.

These potato bits are very simple to use: just make a cloth moist, tip the end of the potato bit on the cloth and join the pieces together. Be creative.




Older kids can easily do less abstract creations using scissors, I did my best with the bird and fox below. If the once joined edges are cut off, the pieces can also be reused. The brand of the potato we used was PlayMais. I have no idea if others manufacture these as well. Oh, this was not a paid ad, just a way of spending some time in the chicken pox quarantine.



Edit 20.1.2014

Apparently PlayMais is now a part of our chicken pox routine, as my 3 yo daughter told me we need to get the corn our again when she got the disease.

She even had an excellent idea of what to make together: a tree with autumn leave on the ground, she did the trunk and cut and “glued” the leaves herself. At her request I added a few animals to the scene. The train we did together but I was mainly following her directions. I thought her elephant in the back (it wasn’t allowed in the front because they don’t really live in Finland) was brilliant too with the ears and the trunk!




  1. […] offered more fun: we got to craft with fluffy potato bits again, which we haven’t used since chicken pox but which my son loved now. It was fun to try them 1,5 years later and to see how he has […]

  2. Your daughter did that tree? It’s beautiful! Now you have enticed me to grab some of these corns. My daughter just took out the free corns (just a few of them since they were free), and make a rabbit. I think I should show her this.

    1. I thought Miss A did well too! How cool that your daughter already made a rabbit too. Hope you have fun!

  3. That’s pretty cool! Very creative.

    1. It’s quite cool to have reversed roles now when she comes up with good ideas, and I can just follow her lead.

  4. Reblogged this on Free But Fun! and commented:

    Chicken pox, round 2, and my daughter had a brilliant idea on what a toddler can do with the PlayMais together with a parent, which I added to the end of the post.

  5. I have those free but I haven’t opened to try them. I didn’t know they are made of corns. Your fox certainly look real! You are good with your hands!

    1. Thanks! Hope you have fun with the corn too!

  6. Sorry to hear about the chicken pox; on the mend yet? I hope so. Looks like a fun activity.

    1. Yes, thank you, my son is healthy now and my daughter (unfortunately) never got it. In theory there are still a few days for her to get sick in, though…

      1. It is a pity. I’ll be on the look out for it once we’re settled again, just to expose my girls to it to get it over and done with!! Good that your son is all better.

        1. We had some other friends say that too today, too bad I didn’t know about it last week. Everybody would’ve been welcome to break the boredom of one kid being sick but not sick enough to sleep more and one kid being healthy but missing friends and action.

          1. Ah yes, I’ve been there! It is a difficult situation, thankfully normally these things don’t last too long. I’m sure your kids are enjoying being out and about again.

  7. Sounds like the perfect game with the chicken pox! Sorry to hear that, your fox is very good….I’m sure I could make a rainbow snake lol!

    1. I tried to make a snake, it was cut in pieces pretty quickly with a requirement of a butterfly. There is a reason for not having a picture of that 😉

      1. Ha,haa I understand!

  8. What a great idea! I love the fox! We made gingerbread animal cookies yesterday. I am sorry about the chicken pox! Is only one of them sick? Blackberry #1 has been vaccinated against chicken pox, so for us, no chicken pox so far, and I hope it stays that way 🙂

    1. Gingerbread shapes are great fun!

      Only one sick, getting better at the mo. Hopefully Mr Murphy doesn’t kick in just when we think we get back to normal. Well, if he does, hubby’s turn to stay home;) but the girl will be devestated; she misses her friends and feeling well and staying home for days is pretty boring. But hey, rather now than when about to travel!

    2. Btw, how does it work in Hungary, if you are working and have small kids that are sick, are you allowed to stay home? With pay?

  9. Ugh, chicken pox quarantine ongoing. Well, get it over with!

    The fox and bird are very creative, but the lumpy whatever-it-is’s by the kids are good, too.

    I’m sure I’ve seen these bits before (maybe also at an organised event?) but for some reason nobody ever told me to wet them to make them stick together.

    1. We’ll live, just boring especially for the fully healthy child.:)

      I think the kids did really well, that age is so creative!

      My trials were mainly to see the opportunities for different ages, and I think the bits might work for a long time!

      The package actually came with a little note attached to a little cloth saying (in German?) “make me wet”, so once you’d bought the package, you’d have known what to do! 🙂

  10. They look yummy to be eaten too! 🙂

    1. Now there is a thought! Maybe tomorrows dinner with dip?! 😀

  11. I think that was a great way to spend time during the great chicken pox quarantine! Keeps the eyes, hands and brains busy – and gives you a minute to get off your feet!

    1. Amen to that!

      1. Oh no! Good luck to you during round 2!!!

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