Product Type: Hasbro Art / Craft
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Hasbro Play-Doh Octopus Play Set
Member Name: bod1
Hasbro Play-Doh Octopus Play Set
Advantages: hours of play
Disadvantages: no major negatives
I bought this set for my daughter for this Christmas only it has'nt actually got to the wrapping stage as when I got it home I could'nt wait to get it out and plunge my hands into the soft doughy substance!
The set comes complete with four pots of brightly coloured play-doh in blue, green, pink and yellow. In my opinion it can be played with without all the accessories as you can model the doh into anything you like, although after a few play sessions the colours tend to get blended together slightly so everything looks rainbow coloured.
The octopus has tentacles with various tools at the end of them which can flatten, cut and imprint the doh. You can use them attatched to the octopus or take them off and use them by hand. There are two fixed tentacles which act like a see-saw so you can flip your crustacious creatures into the air (Not shown her how to do that though as I don't fancy peeling it off the walls!)
Also included are lobster scissors and a mould to make perfectly formed if not a little podgy fish! And what can only be described as a sort of snake/worms head!
Around the octopus are various moulds built in so you can squish the doh in and they come out looking like creatures from the deep such as sea horses, star fish, sea enenemies, snails and crabs.
The octopus has a removeable hat with a plunger on it so you can take the hat off, push the play-doh into the octopus and plunge it right down with the hat and it comes out at the bottom where you can attatch moulds of strange looking puffer fish which grows hair and legs! You do need to put a good handful of doh in though for this to work well.
The age guide is 3yrs+ but my daughter is just under 2 and loves it. I can understand that younger children may want to try and eat the play-doh but under supervision I think its an excellent play activity for all ages. Its great for their imagination and interactive play and what do kids like doing more than sticking their fingers into stuff! ( I think secretly the adults love it too, I know I do!)
There are a few minor downsides to this product but nothing that would deter me from buying anything else in the play-doh range:
One is that the octopus does tend to move around a bit as its quite light and does'nt give good contact with the table surface, so when my daughter is squishing the doh into the various mouldings I have to hold the octopus to stop it moving around. Maybe a couple of suction pads on the bottom would help with this.
Secondly the doh does tend to dry out a bit after a few play sessions but a drop of water in each tub soon sorts that out. Although I have found slightly too much water and the doh can become quite sticky until its been played with again.
Lastly its quite time consuming trying to get the doh out of all the nooks and crannys but I've found a toothpick comes in handy in those fiddly places! I've also since learnt that my friend puts hers in the dishwasher but I would'nt recommend that as I've not tried it!
All in all a good product with plenty of hours of play for children (and adults) that does'nt cost a fortune.
Summary: low cost, imaginative fun!
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