I love it when a really fab pocket-money toy hits our shelves, especially when it’s a something that is educational, fun and involves creativity.
That’s why I was happy to agree a review of the new Moshi monster clay buddies.
Moshi Monsters Clay Buddies are a new pocket-money collectible from E-max. Combining the super cool Moshi Monsters characters with the creative play, children will have the opportunity to create their very own Moshi Monster out of colourful plasticine, attaching the cardboard body parts supplied to complete the Moshling figurine.
Children love to have fun with modelling clay and as I’ve stated once or twice before, it’s particularly beneficial to those children on the autism spectrum and those with Sensory processing disorder (SPD)
The clay itself offers a child sensory input (great for the sensory seeker) and encourages children to use their imagination.
However, not all children on the spectrum take well to modelling clay/play dough. Little man is tactile defensive and his not that keen on the texture of some types of modelling clay, he hates the smell of play dough and avoids the stuff whenever possible. We tend to make odourless dough for the little man, we also add small beads or sand to help him get used to the different textures which seems to be working nicely.
My nephew (partners, sister’s son) is also on the autism spectrum and isn’t as high functioning as Little man, but just as entertaining all the same.
Alfie has a fascination with plasticine he loves the stuff! His 9 years old and an incredibly talented little guy when it comes to art (we have a picture he drew featured on our art page) When it comes to clay he make the most amazing things (normally aliens or some form of baddies) So, of course Alfie was the perfect candidate to try out the Moshi monsters.
So, together with my creative daughter, Alice-Sara, both got modelling with their Moshi’s
What you get per packet
2 Moshi features cards
, 3 coloured pieces of modelling clay
1 adoption book that includes information about the character
, instructions on how to make the Moshi & activity suggestions
How to make a Moshi Monster
Well, here’s the thing, Alfie is very creative with his imagination when it comes to using modelling clay, however this wasn’t about free-styling but creating the Moshi monster on assigned to you. I did worry he would have difficulty with the instructions but thankful the guys at E-Max have used pictures as well as words making this a much simpler process for the child with autism.
He enjoyed creating his monster, despite breaking it up as soon as he had finished, in-order to do it all again. But hay, he enjoyed it!
Alice, loves anything creative so I knew instantly that she would enjoy the clay buddies.
She followed the instructions well, and loved the one she got (packs are blind foil wrapped, meaning you don’t know what Moshi you have in till you open it).
At first I wasn’t to sure what the benefit was to the child in terms of the build foil as I can’t really see children engaging in swapping activities when it comes to the clay buddies, then once I had thought about it a little more I remembered the Moshi Monster Clay buddie cards supplied and can see this actually changes things a bit.
I think £2.99 is a tad steep as thinking about it this is simply a small amount of clay, some cards, Velcro, and small booklet. Though I’m not stating it’s massively expensive, I just think a price of £1.99 seems more reasonable.
Regardless of that above, I still consider the Moshi Monster Clay Buddies a brilliant pocket money buy. These encourage creative play, but also have that whole collecting aspect to them which kids love (and children with autism go crazy for)!
Will we be buying them in the shops?
Well, lucky for me. The little man is all for collecting bumpeez and his sticking with these. I think Alice will d be requesting a packet every time we visit the local newsagents (what a joy)! As for Alfie, I know he enjoyed them and my guess is his mother can expect the same request when popping out for the newspaper (Sorry…)
OFFICIAL MOSHI MONSTER CLAY BUDDIE WEBSITE
Children can now upload and share their monster creations at
NEW MOSHI MONSTER CLAY BUDDIES OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
If the above isn’t exciting enough, children can now visit the all new, first ever, UK
Moshi Monster Clay Buddies Facebook page.
Children can share their creations, take part in competitions and here all the latest news with fellow Moshi fans.
To Like the Moshi Monsters Facebook page click HERE.