The Toy Box


Quick, Non-Messy, Non-Toxic Eco-Friendly Crafts

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If the weather is not cooperating and you can’t shoosh the kids outside to let them run wild, we have a great idea for keeping them busy inside and letting their imaginations run wild!

The product is Fischer Tip. It is a modeling material made in Germany by the legendary Fischertechnik GmbH. Fischer Tip was launched in 1998 and given a big thumbs-up from European testing organizations because of its totally non-toxic character and its limitless imaginative potential. Kids love it because it pushes their imaginations to the limit!  Parents love it because it’s a safe and easy product to use.

Fischer Tip is manufactured in Germany from potato starch and non-toxic food dye. The coloured starch is extruded into a puffy cylinder, kind of like a snack food, and chopped into easy-to-handle pieces. This environmentally-friendly material sticks together without glue. The pieces need only be moistened using a damp sponge and pressed together so that they adhere. The pieces may be safely cut and shaped using the included plastic cutting tool. Larger sets include more tools, including stencil inserts for forming ‘brick-like’ pieces, rasps for shaving pieces into different shapes, templates and so on.

Sets come in various sizes ranging from smaller ‘try-me’ sets costing approximately $10 (80 pieces plus sponge, cutting tool and instructions) to larger 1200 piece sets that include five tools and cost around $30.  

This is great stuff for quick, clean crafts with minimal clean-up.  Its light as air, so it travels well, and the only thing you need is a damp sponge, so there’s really no mess (your in-laws will thank you!)  Fischer Tip is a super choice for something to keep kids amused and creative, and the art that kids have created with it can be pretty breathtaking!

Richard and Karin Belanger own Scalliwag Toys, a family-owned independent toy and games store in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and a member of Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS). Scalliwag Toys offers the best in educational toys and games for children of all ages.  Each item is carefully chosen for safety, durability, value and price.

Looking for another bad-weather activity? Try making homemade playdough!