“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Clay / Age: 3 Years+ „
My Auntie Deborah has always been a bit of a swine when it comes to presents and basically purposely buys items which are going to annoy the parents. When my daughter turned 3 she bought her a huge Plastercine set and then this year she bought her a couple of Play Doh items one of which was this little set.
I have seen this set on sale in Tesco for £1.97 although I'm sure you will be able to buy it in other shops too and you can often pick up Play Doh sets in the discount style stores.
The set contains two small pots of Play Doh probably about a third of the size of a full sized pot, the Play Doh which came with my daughters set were orange and green although Play Doh comes in a huge variety of colours. There is a little contraption in the set where you can put the Play Doh through and make little strings like spaghetti.
The Play Doh is exactly like what you get in the full sized pots and is very soft and easy to play with and in my opinion it smells gorgeous. It is soft enough to pass through the plastic press easily although we did find after playing with it for a while the presses handle kept coming off but does simply click back into position.
To use the set you lift the handle of the press and there is a small box like shape where you put the Play Doh, you then place the handle back down and press on it and at the other end little pieces of Play Doh like spaghetti will appear. The press is made of blue and red plastic and apart from the handle coming off every now and again we have found it is pretty robust.
Like with all Play Doh you must keep it in it's air tight containers otherwise it will dry out and go hard meaning it is only for for the bin.
The set is pretty good for the price it sells at, it has provided my daughter with lots of fun making hair for her little people she likes to make although the handle could do with being a little more durable.
My two year old loves play-doh. If you ask him what he wants to do, 90% of the time he asks for his play-doh. He has loads of different cutting implements and pots of play-doh in various colours but didn't have anything quite like this so when I was more than happy to buy this as a wee treat when we saw it. I paid around a pound for it (cant remember the exact amount but it was the same as a pot of regular play-doh which is usually 99p).
So what did I get for my money? This wee set consists of two little pots (just under half the size of regular play-doh pots) which seem to come in a variety of colours - ours was purple and blue but there was also orange and green available. There is also a little tool that you can squeeze the play-doh through to make 'strings' of play-doh......perfect for making play-doh hair, spaghetti, wiggly worms......
The play-doh is what you would expect. Fabulous moulding clay for small children (and grown ups too!) which looks great and smells even better. But like all other play-doh it dries out if you leave it out the pots too long and also blends very easily with other colours if you put them together so you no longer have blue and purple but some colour in between.
However the main point of buying this set was the little tool - and this is where I got a bit disappointed. Basically the tool has a little chamber bit with holes where you squeeze the play-doh through and then a flat handle type thing that you push down to squeeze the play-doh through (like a garlic press). The two click together with wee nodges on the handle fitting into wee holes on the chamber bit. It's quite small and so if you try to put even a decent amount of play-doh in to be squeezed through the two bits come apart. It simply isn't strong or robust enough to take the pressure. The handle you push down comes out of the little holes and this has happened so often with us the plastic nodges have worn away and the thing is now useless. The amount you could put in at one time was tiny and frustrating to my wee boy who wanted to make loads come out at once.
But it was only a pound. We had fun while it lasted and I made a brilliant set of purple hair with it but I do wish it could have been a bit stronger and lasted longer. Overall though it was a great buy and my wee one got a good few hours of fun out of it and we still have our blue/purple play-doh - you can't really ask much more for your money these days.
So overall, well worth a purchase but I wouldn't expect it to last long.
I was in Tesco looking for a little treat for my daughter for being so good on her potty when I came across the Play-Doh Mini Fun Factory. The toy wasn't actually on a shelf and instead was stuck to a long piece of plastic inbetween the toy displays.
I knew my daughter would enjoy the toy because she's a massive fan of Play-Doh (like most pre-schoolers) and the price also caught my attention. The Play-Doh Mini Fun Factory was a steal at just 97p!
The toy is quite small and very lightweight. The packaging is bright and very child friendly (made from cardboard and plastic). You can see the contents and also which colour Play-Doh you are getting. Contents include 2 pots of different coloured Play-Doh (orange and green) and a little squishing machine.
The plastic pots keep the Play-Doh nice and moist. If the Play-Doh is put straight back into the pots after use it shouldn't dry out. They aren't full sized pots and are about half the size as regular Play-Doh pots but there is still more than enough inside. The lids are a little awkward for little fingers to undo which is actually a good thing in my opinion, as it means my daughter can't play with the Play-Doh without me around and make a big mess!
The Play-Doh is fabulous and squishy. The only thing which I don't like but my daughter loves is mixing up Play-Doh. Instead of seperate orange and green Play-Doh, my daughter now has 2 pots of orange and green mixed-up marbled looking Play-Doh!
The best part of the set has to be the 'squishing machine' (I can't think of a better name for it, sorry) - it has a red base, blue handle and is made of plastic. The toy works by putting a lump or ball of Play-Doh under the handle (there's a little gap for it to go into) and pushing down on the handle. The Play-Doh gets squished through 4 holes in the side of the machine and comes out in long thin strips. The holes are actually different shapes (triangle, circle, square and star) but the Play-Doh all seems to look the same when it's pushed through.
My little one absolutely loves this little toy. She pretends the Play-Doh is spaghetti and makes everybody dinner with her 'spaghetti' and the rest of her Play-Doh. She also likes to pretend that the Play-Doh is worms! A great way to encourage the imagination in my opinion...
The Play-Doh Mini Fun Factory is recommend for children 3+ years, although my daughter is 2 and gets on with it fine. It's also totally unisex and will be enjoyed by both boys and girls.
The Hasbro Play-Doh Mini Fun Factory costs only around £3 in stores, which is pretty reasonable for a brand name Playdoh product. It really is a very small product that's mounted on card, rather than coming in a box, so it makes it an ideal stocking filler at Christmas time, occasional treat for a little one, or a birthday present even for classmate's parties.
The grandson has had his for a good six months now and had it out just yesterday to have some Playdoh fun with it. He's really into arts and crafts and the moment, though he gets a little carried away with repeatedly just squeezing playdoh through this little machine!
To use the little machine, children just load up a little blob of Playdoh into the back of it, underneath the blue handle, and then squeeze the blue handle down to push all the Playdoh out through the holes at the front of the machine. There are four little shapes in the front of the machine, like a square, circle etc. And the Playdoh is squeezed out in those shapes. Included in the packet are two mini tubs of Playdoh. This one is pictures with a mini tub of orange and green Playdoh, though ours actually came with pink and orange so I assume that colours can vary from pack to pack.
The theory behind this toy is excellent and one that most youngsters will enjoy. Even if they quickly grow bored of it, it doesn't matter so much if you've only spent a couple of pounds on this little mini version. There are drawbacks too of course though, and the big one is that if too much Playdoh is put under the handle, when you try to squeeze it down, the handle will come off. It goes back on easily by an adult, but this might frustrate some slightly younger children.
Other than that little annoyance, which only happens if the machine is overloaded in fairness, this is a great little set that I highly recommend. It's compact, cheap, convenient and even smartly presented so it can be given as a little gift if desired.
I bought this for my daughter's 3rd birthday, she loves Play-doh but has previously been freaked out by any of the 'spaghetti' making toys, but when I saw this in Tescos for 97p I couldn't resist. I thought I would break her in gently to the joys of squeezing Play-doh through tiny holes!
All it is is a little press where you can insert the smallest amount of Play-doh and squeeze it down, and out come 4 spaghetti like tubes in different shapes (square, circle, triangle & hexagon). It's the simplest of things, but provides a lot of enjoyment!
Also with this pack you get two very small packs of Play-doh. We got orange & green but I'm not sure if this varies between the packs.
As soon as she opened it she wanted to play with it straight away so I was really pleased with this, and she soon got the hang of it and could quite happily play alone with it (I didn't have to be stood over her helping her put the Play-doh in and squeezing it down). And she didn't freak out, much to my amazement.
Because it was her birthday we had a few friends round, and she had also got some standard sized pots of Play-doh from us, so the children just sat at her little table and played with this and all of the Play-doh all afternoon. At the end of the day, we just had a mass of green Play-doh as the 5, yes that's 5, different colours that we had bought for her had all been mingled together, but the fact that they got so much enjoyment out of this tiny toy was amazing!
I highly recommend this to anyone whose children enjoy Play-doh. It really is an essential item to add to anyone's Play-doh kit, and the fact that it's so small is a massive advantage!
And it's only 97p.
I've only seen it in Tescos though but I wouldn't be surprised if you could get it online.
I spotted this in Tesco a while ago and picked one up to put in the Christmas shoe boxes for Romania. It's a small set, around the size of an adult hand on bright yellow cardboard backing, so the just the kind of thing for pass the parcel, party bags and stocking fillers. Tesco have it for 97p, but I've seen it elsewhere for as much as £4.50. This week I grabbed one off the plastic strip with four-year-old Little Nephew in mind. Usually we seem to buy action figures or cars, but they just don't have any play value and there was a wet weekend forecast.
He'd spotted in the car on the way to the BBQ and when we got back, I suggested that we could have a quick play with it once he was in his pyjamas - he managed that double quick. We were making a video call to The Boyfriend's mum on Skype, so it was fairly important that he sat still in front of the webcam for long enough to actually see her. We opened the packet (what a relief, no twiddly bits of wire or unbreakable box) and popped it out on the table.
You get two small tubs of Play-Doh and a small version of the old fun factory (nostalgic!). For anyone who hasn't played with this, it's a plastic hinge, which squeezes the Play-Doh out in long strings. You pop a ball in the little gap provided, push the handle down and you're away. The original big Play-Doh factory had a sliding part on the back which let you squeeze the dough out in stars and so on, but this just has a fixed set of four holes. I think from looking at them, they're supposed to make four different results, but our spaghetti all looked the same. The best bit about the mini factory is that you can't squish your fingers in it, no matter how hard you try. And I tried!
We made some 'spaghetti' while The Boyfriend chatted into the computer. Then we got carried away, started calling each other Luigi (sorry if that offends anyone, but it sounds like a good name for an Italian restaurateur) and used the top of a WD40 bottle to squish out pancakes and pizza bases. We made the base from one colour and the topping from another, it didn't matter at all that there were only two colours because we had imagination.
Although there were only these two little tubs, there was enough for Little Nephew and I both to play. And to share too; The Boyfriend was happily squishing and cutting as he talked. He made a scale model of Luigi in green dough, which was promptly mocked and minced into more spaghetti.
This occupied a good half hour and bedtime was on us before we'd scratched the surface of stuff we could do with it. We resumed playing in the morning so that the process could be demonstrated again to The Boyfriend's dad and MyDogs, who hadn't paid much attention the night before. I found clean up really easy; just rolling a ball of Play-Doh around the table picked up all the bits. I did the same with the factory, kind of sponging at it with the other Play-Doh to get it clean. There were no bits left on Little Nephew and no greasy marks left at all, though I wouldn't like to have trodden it into the cream carpet.
The Boyfriend's main concern seemed to be the 'mixing' of colours, where you couldn't quite get all the bits of green out of the orange or vice versa. I was less bothered about this, I remember Play-Doh just turning into a brown slurry when we were kids and at least now each colour seems to hold its own. It'll make prettier rainbow spaghetti next time.
There's no ability required at all for this and Little Nephew was in his element playing with it. In fact, it was so exciting he forgot about the slice fo Birthday Cake he had in the fridge! The Scene Starters and so on might look pretty, but they just overcomplicate the simple joy of squishing Play-Doh. Play-Doh should be fun and tactile and this is it at its best.