S was delighted to be sent the Poppit Shopkins Activity Pack (£14.99) for review. She likes Shopkins, and she had seen an ad for this set on the TV so when it arrived on our doorstep she was quite excited!
Poppit is air drying clay which you can mould into shapes, then use the poppit to pop out your model. There are little extra decals you can then add to the model, before leaving it out in the air to dry.
There are lots of different Poppit sets; our one contained four different coloured clays, eight different moulds and various decorations and embellishments.
Here you can see S squishing the clay into a mould to make a music box Shopkin; she enjoyed the squishing part, and there’s a little plastic knife to help cut away the excess. The air drying clay also comes with lidded pots to store any you have left over, which you can see here.
The “POP” part of the Poppit was especially exciting, and S enjoyed popping her creations out of their moulds. Once they’re popped, you can add little deco pieces like eyes. There are also tiny gems which you can add, using a water dropper to attach them – S decided against using that this time around, but she did manage some pretty cool creations:
From a parent’s point of view, this is one of those “I do not understand what these things are” situations – the same as my parents had with all the little toys and characters I loved. For kids, I think the fact your parents don’t really get it adds to the allure though, doesn’t it? Shopkins seem to be massive at the moment, despite the fact I’m sure I’m not the only parent who doesn’t understand them. Combining them with the Poppit set is brilliant because it allows kids to make their own version of the Shopkins – and to either recreate one of their favourites, or to come up with an entirely new design!
Once you’ve made your Shopkins, you leave them out in the air for four hours to dry out. S loves that she has these cute little creations she’s made herself. She loved adding the eyes on; the moulds actually have little indents so that you know where they should go – but of course, you can put them anywhere. S loves playing with dough and creating things, but she’s never used air drying clay; it’s lovely that she can keep these ones once she’s finished creating.
The Poppit range can be purchased from Tesco.com.