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Both my kids love play-doh, whether it is the traditional brand of 'Play-Doh', cheaper versions, or even homemade versions; they don't care as long as it's squishy and they can make stuff. And last Christmas whilst I was browsing for stocking fillers, I ended up buying this set for my eldest daughter, who is now 4. I remember reading a good review on this particular set so I thought it would be great.
This pizza party set is quite good because it all comes in a small lunch box type container with a well fitted lid. In the set you get a number of plastic pizza tools including the pizza pan, pizza server (triangular shaped tool), mini rolling pin, 3 food moulds, plastic knife and a pizza cutting wheel. You also get 4 small blocks of play doh. Incorporated into the lid of the box it comes in are numerous small food moulds which don't actually look like much of anything, but I am assured that they all resemble some sort of pizza topping. I definitely recognise an onion, an anchovy, perhaps a piece of pineapple, a prawn, some mushrooms, and various other odd shaped pieces of food.
Everything about this set is well made from good solid plastic that you know is not going to break or snap anytime soon. The quality really shines through and I was very impressed with this particular aspect of the toy.
As far as the playability goes, I am not so impressed. For starters the amount of play-doh you get (in my opinion) is not enough, and fair enough I understand that you can only get a small amount to fit within the confines of the box along with all the tools, but they could have squeezed a bit more into it I think. And they could have provided some sort of extra container in which to store the play-doh, because despite being able to store it in inside the main container, it would have been nice to be able to pack it away into a little tub, if only to keep it fresher for longer.
I felt that the tools, although well made, did not provide much enjoyment for my children. Perhaps they are too young to understand the concept of creating a pizza, but I don't think so. They are aged 4 and 2 and do know what a pizza is, but they struggle with understanding what some of the food is meant to look like, and once they have pressed the play-doh into some of the moulds, they have difficulty getting it back out again without destroying their creation. The actual pizza pan, where you are supposed to create your pizza, never actually gets used, and neither does the triangular serving tool. The main things they use are the mould tools, and this is just briefly, although they do like the circular cutting tool, and the knife. They like to use these to cut the play-doh up into pieces, and then create mountains of food for their toys.
I think the problem that we have with the set is that it is small and quite insignificant compared to the amounts of play-doh we are used to playing with. My children seem to prefer to have a large lump of the stuff, with which they can do as they please. Over the years they have accumulated many different play-doh tools and they tend to just use these to play, and make their own creations. Making a pizza is something which doesn't particularly interest them, and I should have thought of that before I bought it.
Overall I think the idea behind the pizza party set is great, and if my kids were interested in making pizza then they would perhaps have got more enjoyment from it. I would recommend this set for a play-doh novice; someone who perhaps hasn't had much experience of play-doh might get a lot of enjoyment from this small set and then progress onto bigger things. Or maybe it would be good for an older child (5 and upwards) who can play quite independently and enjoy creating a mini pizza unaided.
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I was in my local toys r us shop looking for some craft items for my daughter as school holidays were about to start and i wanted to buy a few cheap items to keep her amused over the holidays, i had tried moon sand and other very messy crafts. I browsed the play doh stand and found the delightful Play doh Favourite Food Pizza Set and decided to buy it.
I bought it for £5.99 from toys r us, its also available on amazon for £7.79 and have seen it on ebay for the same price. I feel it was a fair price to pay for the set and have since purchased the similar cake set.
Play doh has been available in the uk since 1964! Im a 80,s child and can remember the hours of fun i used to have with play doh.
The set comes in a plastic container with a lid that seals shut to stop any play doh you can store in it from drying out. The container is brightly coloured with a orange bottom and a red lid, the container is square and is roughly 5 inches. The lid is the fun part it has moulds built into the lid, the moulds are easy to use and turn out perfect, you have a mushroom, spring onion, sausagees and pepperoni to name a few. Inside the container are instruments to make your perfect pizza, you have pizza cutter and a knife to name a few. All are made from brightly coloured plastic. Also inside the tub were 5 different colours of play doh to get you started, i did not know this at the time of purchase as i could not see in the container because of the card board packaging. I had bought a few tubs of play doh to go with the set and only cost £1.00 each.
My daughter was over the moon with the set and moaned that i could not open it quick enough, she was 3 years old at the time (the recommended age on the set). She has played with the set many times for hours upon end, because you can store everything in the container it was easy to tidy up and stop the play doh from drying up. I found that the tools were a perfect size for her and she managed to use them by herself. She loved the moulds and made me several pizzas and also used it to make other stuff. I found that the set helped her to use her imagination and it is a good activity to develop hand co ordination. I will be buying more play doh sets in the future and found it very reasonably priced.
i give this item 5 dooyoo stars
The Hasbro Pizza playdoh set was a stocking filler that I purchased for my daughter this Christmas. In the run up to Christmas it cost me £5.19 with free delivery from Amazon. Currently Amazon is selling this for £7.19.
It is recommended for children aged 3+ but my daughter has been playing with playdoh under supervision at playgroup since she was 2. It is fair to say that she has ingested plenty of it in her time and has come to no harm.
My daughter crazes me for the messiest arts and crafts and I begrudgingly buy the likes of moon sand, finger paints and playdoh for her as I know its all in her learning interests at her tender age of 4.
When this was delivered I was a little disappointed at the size. The packaging didn't enable me to peek inside at the contents so I wrapped it and hoped for the best.
Christmas day and if you follow my reviews you'll know that said 4 year old was fairly spoilt with gifts galore but I was amazed at her reaction on opening the playdoh. To say she was ecstatic would be an understatement.
On ripping open the packaging we were met with a lunchbox type container. A plastic orange, lidded square box measuring 5 inches square. The bright red lid also doubled as the playdoh pizza shape moulds. These are very clever and whilst not very distinguishable as they are, once filled with playdoh and prised out the shapes are uncanny. From sliced mushroom, spring onions, chillies and onion rings to fish, pepperoni and sausage!
Inside the box were 4 tubes of playdoh, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange. All the colours you could possibly need to make the perfect pizza!
Also included were a round pizza 'pan', 4 plastic utensils and a cardboard cut out of a pizza fire to cook them in.
My daughter instantly made a yellow pizza base and began to fill the playdoh moulds to make the topping. The slight problem with that was that she couldn't tell what the shapes were going to turn out to be so I told her that mummy would eat it as it came! When the shapes are turned out, using one of the pointed kitchen utensils, they are very detailed even including seeds in the tomato slices!
Mummy and daughter are both impressed with particular playdoh set. After play, simply collect up all the pieces and store in the lunchbox, it really couldn't be simpler.
Weve played with this a few times now and as its stored between uses in an airtight container the playdoh hasn't dried out and is still as useable now as it was on our first play. The colours in our set are somewhat mixed now but replacement playdoh, or indeed cheaper versions, can be purchased in most toy stores (or indeed made if you're inclined). The tools, as well as the airtight box are colourful and durable making this a toy that will be used for years to come.
As always with messy crafts, wear an apron and cover up the table with a plastic sheet. If you see any playdoh on the floor, particularly on carpet, pick it up immediately as once its trodden in it will remain a bright mark on your beige carpet forever more as a reminder of why, even though it so much fun, mummy doesn't like messy crafts!