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As an adult I freely admit that my favourite part about Easter is the abundance of chocolate on the shelves. Those little solid eggs are grape-sized happiness that can not be compared.
However, as a parent that same abundance of chocolate is a little less easy to manage. By the time the Easter Bunny, class parties, Grandma visits and three months of supermarket wheedling are done that’s a whole lot of sugar that we probably don’t need to be dealing with.
Recognising that an alternative needed to be found is Aussie mum and nature-play enthusiast, Elise Clarkson. After battling the sugar wars for far too long, Elise came up with the magic-filled, PlayFizz Egg which is a kind of cross between a surprise egg and a bath bomb. This no sugar, no plastic, 100 percent natural, no waste surprise is set to disrupt the way we gift at Easter.
“PlayFizz is a completely open ended experience. It’s sensory play with discovery and then you get to keep a crystal at the end.”
Bounty Parents spoke with Elise, who is the founder and operator of the whimsical, Wild Mountain Child nature-play site to find out just how the PlayFizz Egg came about.
“For the longest time I had my son, Oskar convinced that the chocolate around the outside of a kinder surprise was actually the wrapping,” laughs Elise. “Then one fateful hot day some melted onto his thumb, he licked it and the gig was up!”
But more than simply a way to dodge chocolate, cutting down on the plastic and waste associated with traditional surprise eggs inspired Elise to get creative.
“Does any parent know where the toys from the kinder surprises actually go? Mostly for us they get lost in the car before we’ve even left the shops and the thing that was supposed to help me with five minutes of calming peace is actually the thing that’s going to give me a nervous breakdown!” she says.
It’s the lament of parent’s the world over. In fact it was another mum with the same gripe at the park who suggested that ‘someone needs to make a surprise egg that is not full of sugar and is zero waste’ who sparked the idea in the Elise’s mind.
“At the time I said: ‘Yes, someone does'” confesses Elise. “Then a few days later I was in my kitchen attempting to make some kind of bath bomb mix with a crystal inside so we could mix up our mud kitchen play. and PlayFizz was born. I knew when my son was taking all the testers as I was making them, that I was onto something!”
Elise Clarkson from Wild Mountain Child and her adorable son, Oskar will make you want to head outside and get dirty!
PlayFizz is a completely natural product that fizzes and bubbles to reveal natural surprises hidden inside.
“My business is nature play based where I sell handmade or ethically sourced products that support natural play,” says Elise. “I have always been passionate about getting outside and exploring, connecting with nature and giving Oskar as much of an unplugged childhood as possible.
“I found I am a better parent and human when I go outside with my child, its as much for me as it is for him. When you are connected with nature you tend to gravitate towards things that are low tox, natural and don’t create waste and that’s why I created PlayFizz. I wanted there to be an alternative to having something sweet but that was still a treat and was still fun.”
WATCH: PlayFizz is way more fun than a traditional surprise egg! Continues after video …
Just add water to activate the natural fizz and see what is revealed. You can pour water over it, or drop it into a bowl or cup of water and watch it fizz and bubble. Then when it’s finished fizzing you can discover and collect the treasures hidden inside.
PlayFizz is a completely natural addition for mud kitchen and outdoor sensory play.
PlayFizz is made of completely natural and where possible organic ingredients, no toxic chemicals, colours or scary numbers. It is coloured with organic powders made from natural plant dyes and is scented with essential oils.