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I have a lot of grandchildren and have bought play doh quite a lot over the years. It is handy to have around the home to help a child's mind feel creative. My grandchildren like to play together with this product and it is a product which is regularly used in my house to help amuse the children on their visits to my house. The dough is soft and durable, it is easy to mould into different shapes and make things they choose to make that day. We have made little men with long arms and vehicles to houses and dolls. This doh is good for both boys and girls to play and it comes in different colours. Bright colours which attract children's attention, not dull colours which they will find boring to play and make things. Comes housed in small tubs which the doh can be placed back into after shaping it and you can just shape it back into a round ball again after using it and then start all over again the next time you want to play with it. It is safe to use and is like plasticine. We sometimes use those children's pastry cutters to make shapes like food and my granddaughter's like to use them on their tea sets and kitchen set to use as food products. The doh doesn't set hard so it is easy to keep using over and over again. The doh isn't messy and not too sticky, doesn't ruin clothes or tables, can be removed from tables if it sticks to it and the table is being used as the surface to place the doh. I just rub any marks away from the table and it is as good as new and not ruined. We have sometimes used the doh and left it in the tub for a good few months and the next time we have wanted to use it, the doh is still durable and not dried out. Is still soft enough to make things. We got it out at the weekend and my grandchildren were making a bonfire shape and little men watching the fire. They also have left it set up until tonight so that they can see it on bonfire night when they come to have a few fireworks with us. The more you use it the softer it becomes but it does last a very long time indeed and so no fear of using it a couple of times and then having to bin it. It lasts for ages with regular use and hours of fun. It is a cheap product and cost only a few quid, I think it is worth it for the things they can make and get their mind working to do imaginative things their minds want to do when making things with play doh. A good past time for the children to pass a few hours away. I rate it 5 stars.
When my son turned one my sister bought him a few tubs of play-doh and some basic tools - a rolling pin and cutters - to introduce him to art and creativity. Play-doh is recommended for use by children over two years of age but I was happy for my son to play with it at a younger age as long as he was fully supervised. Most people will be familiar with the concept of play-doh from their own childhood even if they don't have children themselves. It is a soft dough that can be used for modelling with and comes in a variety of different colours. My son is now two and a half and we have had several of these 4 tub sets over the last year or so - I try to pick them up when I see them on offer (which is quite frequent) at around £1.99. At full price, a 4 tub pack ranges from £2.99-£3.99. Each tub is a 5 ounce yellow plastic tub with a round plastic lid that pulls off. This is coloured the same colour as the play-doh inside so it is easy to select the colour that you require. The initial set we had contained white, yellow, red and blue play-doh. Since then, we have purchased a variety of other colours including pastel shaded. Inside the tubs, the play-doh fills about 2/3 of the tub and can be removed and played with instantly. The doh itself is soft to the touch and has a distinctive smell. It can be moulded and shaped easily and holds together fairly well. It can get sticky when overworked and, as time goes by, I found it increasingly difficult to remove it all from the pots in one go as it stuck to the sides. My son loved to play with this at an early age, enjoying the feeling of this in his hands. At such a young age he didn't really model with it, just enjoyed squeezing the doh and making the odd shape. As he has developed, he enjoys rolling, cutting shapes and making balls and objects with it. There are a variety of accessories that can be bought to accompany play-doh to enhance the enjoyment and we have a few of these too (e.g. an ice cream maker). I find that tubs can last for several months before they go one of two ways - dry out or become too sticky to the touch (obviously this depends on the amount of use they get!) but this is great value at around 50p per tub anyway. Another thing that can affect how long the tub lasts is how you play with them - the colours can mix up easily and all become a kind of dirty green-brown colour (which doesn't appeal as much to my son as the original vibrant colours). This is a lovely toy that is probably in most toddler's collections. It is an ideal introduction to creative play and good for encouraging their imaginations too.
I hadn't considered buying my daughter Play-Doh until last week when we went on a caravan holiday. In the evenings my daughter was looking for something to play with and due to limited space in the car I didn't take a wide selection. I picked up a pack of 10 small pots of Play-Doh in a box for £4 in Tesco. The box contained pink, red, orange, purple, black, white, teal, green, blue and light green. Each pot is a medium size and contains half of the size of a full tub of Play-Doh, it doesn't state the weight on the tub. Play-Doh is made by Hasbro and is described as a modelling compound. I remember playing with it as a child and I really like it's distinct smell. Play-Doh is non toxic and comes in several different colours including brights, pastels and glittery dough. Play-Doh is suitable for children aged 2 and over. I am sure most people are familiar with Play-Doh but if your not it comes in little yellow tubs with a lid corresponding to the colour. The dough has a lovely soft and squishy consistency. It models really easily and can therefore be used not only to make dough models but to be pushed through various devices that you can buy to shape it into all sorts of different shapes. When I picked this up we also got a tool kit which came with a plunger type device to push it through to make a 'spaghetti' shape. I hadn't bought Play-Doh before for my daughter and she was very excited to play with it. The box contained a little inspiration on the side and it showed and ice-cream and a clown fish which my daughter wanted me to make for her. I did think the colours would get mixed up but it isn't that easy to mix up the colours in fact even when you press two together quite firmly you can still get them apart later to put them back in their correct tubs. Play-Doh takes forever to dry out. We managed to leave the lid off one pot and it was still squishy the next day. I remember as a child if it did get dry you could simply pop a drop or two of water in a remould it until it is squishy. We played with this Play-Doh for a week solid and we had hours of fun with it. It can be moulded into anything your imagination can think of. It is also good for teaching colours. I have since ordered some Play-Doh for Christmas so that we can get even more creative. I would recommend this for all children as it is so much fun, it can be used to make any shape and as a grown up I find it helps as a stress reliever. I would give this 4 out of 5 the only problem I can see with it is that some small bits do tend to fall off during modelling and these can become stuck on the carpet the brighter colours are harder to remove so we only play with this on the kitchen table. Other than that it is a great toy.
The rainy weather descended and I had a 20 month old itching to be entertained. I ventured down to the local toy shop and brought a pack of play-doh. The pack contains 4 separate pots of play-doh - blue, red, yellow and white. A variety of colours are available. At our local Smyth's store I paid £3.99 which seems to be the going rate at most retailers. I was concerned my son's first reaction was to eat the play doh so I first checked out the ingredients and with the ingredients being water, salt and flour I was satisfied even if he did not much damaged could be done. The age suggestion for Play-Doh is 2 years + which was near enough for me to be happy to purchase for my little boy. I brought just the tubs of Play-Doh but was tempted to also buy from the array of accessories Hasbro offer. Although on the Play-Doh tub it states it does not stain however I always cover my table up as small bits often break off and go into the table grain. Charlie very much enjoys playing with the Play-Doh. His favourite activity is squeezing it in his hand or rolling it on the table to make a snake!! I can never resist having a go when it's out I find it a great stress reliever as well. If you have all the colours out at the same time with a young child be prepared the colours will get mixed together and spoilt. Play-Doh really has stood the test of time as I remember playing with it over 25 years ago!! It's a simple past time for little money.
My little girl is a big PlayDoh fan. As soon as she was born I couldn't wait to start buying PlayDoh so I could relive my own childhood and have an excuse to get rolling and making all kinds of shapes! For her first birthday I bought her some PlayDoh but we didn't begin playing with it until she was about 18 months. Now that she is five our PlayDoh collection has grown massively and we have all kinds of different tubs, cutters, machines and things! I think it's a brilliant creation which helps children to develop their imaginations and their creativity and Millie loves it too! Play Doh When I was younger I used to have PlayDoh. I saw recently that there are new sets called '50th birthday versions' which shows just how well established this brand is. I had no idea it had been around so long but I can really see how it has stood the test of time. Play Doh is a child-friendly modelling dough which comes in a variety of different colours. What is great about it is that it can be used over and over again, so long as you put the lid back on properly it can last years! When we have used Plasticine I have found it isn't as effective and doesn't last as long. Not only is the dough itself really good quality and reliable they also bring out various other bits to go with it to make playing with it even more fun. Some of the sets that we have include the Fun Factory, A milkshake maker, a cookie machine, a tub full of animals cutters and a sweet maker. These all can be used to make playing with this all the more fun. They bring out new designs regularly which helps to keep this fresh and up to date so I think it has stood the test of time thanks to it always updating. A four tub set I have recently bought Millie a four tub set of PlayDoh. It cost £4 and includes 566g of dough. The set that we have has pastel colours, these are pale purple, yellow, orange and blue so it is ideal for a girl or a boy to play with. Most of the colours we have already are really bright so it's nice to have these different tones. I bought them because I thought it would be nice to have different colours but also because the ones we already have are beginning to get a bit messy now so it was time for some nice fresh ones. The tubs come in a four pack with them being lined up in a row with cardboard securing them together. You can see through the top of the cardboard to the tubs so you can see what colours you are getting. On the packaging are pictures of what you can make with it including a slice of cake and some flowers. This is nice to see it always makes Millie want to try to make them and gives her bits of inspiration, they of course never turn out like the picture but that's not the point! The information on the box looks intense but it's in many different languages. It comes with a warning that it contains wheat. Playing Playing with PlayDoh is fun but my little problem is that I find it really hard to get the lids off the tubs. My fingers are a little numb from some treatment I had and as a result I struggle with tasks like taking lids off things but these are particularly hard. They seem really stiff and because the plastic is quite thin it soon digs into my fingers and it's difficult to lift off. Millie can never do it by herself so I do have to do it for her and just take about five attempts! It is good though that the lid does fit so tight as that is what keeps it from drying out. Playing with this PlayDoh is lots of fun as you can do what you like with it. It is really easy to shape as it's quite soft even when you first begin playing with it. When we have played with Plasticine it was much harder so was more difficult to shape until you'd warmed it with your hands. It is really easy to shape so playing with it is fun right away. Millie's favourite thing to do with these tubs is to get all of the dough out and then use her cutters from another set and make lots of animals with it in different colours. She then asks me to show her a picture of the animals so we look on the Internet to look at what they look like in real life. Another thing Millie does is make shapes herself like a ball, a snake, a sunshine where she just uses her hands and her imagination. I love seeing her do this and it really takes me back to when I used to play with it. She can play with this for hours and doesn't get bored and the great thing is that the PlayDoh doesn't dry out within this time, it remains just as easy to use and good quality as when she first gets it out. Learning PlayDoh is proving to be a very good learning tool for us at the moment. Millie's teacher has encouraged all children to use PlayDoh to get their hands used to moulding and shaping the dough so it helps develop their fingers for writing. I never thought of it like this but I can see how it must help. All the mixing and rolling and squeezing that Millie does is helping her to develop her muscles and fine motor skills all the time. Her imagination has come on brilliantly whilst we've had this, she makes little balls of PlayDoh and says they are seeds and then she'll make some flowers and show me that that is what the seed has grown into, it's great to see that she is learning about things like this through play and developing. I like how she can be really pleased with something she's made which can be as simple as just a really round ball which she says is a coin. Millie is also learning about colours especially now we have these pale ones too, she is able to see that as well as bright purple you can also get a paler version of the colour too, we have put them side by side and studied the differences and she finds it fascinating, when we have been out she has pointed to various things and said how it looks like the kind of purple like her new PlayDoh so it's making her appreciate these little differences that previously she never noticed. I am also using PlayDoh to help Millie to understand about taking care of things and tidying up. On one occasion we forgot to put it away before we headed out for the day and when we returned parts of the dough had gone hard and had to be thrown away. On another occasion she has mixed the dough together so it has all mingled together and gone a funny brown so now she takes good care of the PlayDoh. She knows that after playing with it we have to tidy it up properly and make sure we try to put all the right colours together to keep them as clean as possible. Others The PlayDoh is easy to store, the tubs can be stacked on top of each other so can help to save space but we just have a big basket full of PlayDoh items. Because it is all stored in the tubs it is kept neat and out of the way. The lids do have to be put on properly or it will dry out. My only negative with this (apart from the lid) is that it can get all over the place and it's really hard to get out of carpets! It can get quite messy although now Millie is slightly older it isn't as bad as it used to be! So sometimes it can take a while to clean up and if she's used the cutters I have to sometimes wash them out to get the bits that are stuck on off. Conclusion I think that PlayDoh is a brilliant invention and I can't believe it has been around for so long but I can see exactly why! It is just so enjoyable to play with and it is really up to your child's imagination what they do with it. Millie can play with this for hours without getting bored and because I don't get it out for her all that often when we do play with this she is really excited. She spends such a long time making a variety of things and it's lovely to see. I like all the different things you can buy to go with your dough and you can buy it for a variety of prices, I have seen a set of mini tubs for as little as a pound so when you are on a budget you can still hopefully afford to get some. Out of all the sets we have though I think the most simple ones- the cutters- are what Millie plays with the most, the fancy machines are fun for a while but their novelty wear off faster than the simple ones. This is a toy that I really like to see Millie playing with as I like to see her using her imagination and being creative and what is great is that it can be played with over and over again, it's not like it runs out or goes stale (so long as you put the lid back on) so it's really great to be reusable. I really recommend PlayDoh to parents. Some of my friends say they dislike it because it makes such a mess and I do agree with them that it can which is why Millie doesn't play with this every day! But when we do get it out I make sure we have a sheet down first to protect carpet and she always helps me to tidy it away so it's helping her to understand responsibility too! I don't know how old children are that play with this, it says from age 2 on some products and age 3 on others but I think the age it goes up to really depends upon your child. Millie is five and still plays with it a lot and I can't see her growing out of it any time soon so it can last a long while too. It's very good quality and a great toy. Highly recommended.
My daughter is almost a year and a half and although play doh is designed primarily for children aged 2+, a few months ago, I picked up a a tub of pink playdough in Tesco for 80p, and I thought I would keep it in the cupboard for a rainy afternoon. Well, one such afternoon came rather quickly after that and I brought out the tub of playdoh, along with an old placemat, and let my daughter have her first go with playdoh and she loved it. Play doh is a well known brand and something that most children love to play and experiment with, and I also think it is good for motor skills and imaginative play. Now, at 17 months, my daughter doesn't have the imagination as yet to make a lot of things herself and needs to be guided a lot by me. My biggest concern when I first gave this to her, was that she would try and eat it, and certainly the first couple of times she did try, but once I got to realise that it wasn't for eating, she hasn't really tried to put it near her mouth since. Since getting the first pot of Playdoh, I have bought her a couple of other colours, which allow for a little more imaginative modelling. Play doh is very easy for even young children to play with due to its soft, flexible texture, but it is useful for younger children to have some tools to use alongside it, to make patterns, or cut it up. I originally brought out an old plastic knife and fork for my daughter to use with it and this worked quite well. My sister then passed on some tools that her children were no longer using or where spares, and my daughter now has a good range of tools to use with her playdoh, some she can use better than others, but it allows her to make more things, develop her motor skills by rolling, cutting, pricking etc. I also like the fact that this playdoh goes hard when it is left out in the open air, which means if you have dropped something or it has got stuck on something, it will dry out and is then easier to remove. Playdoh is certainly a great toy for any child to have and it is something that they can grow with and add to. Obviously as my daughter gets older, we can get her some of the more modern toys that go alongside playdoh, but at her age, I am quite happy that she is learning simply by experimenting, and as long as she doesn't put it in her mouth, it is a good, safe toy.
My son was never been keen on doing anything that involves getting his hands sticky or dirty including using glue, paint etc. His nursery teacher had mentioned that he had become amused by Play Doh and whilst looking for bits and pieces for his Christmas stocking, I decided to buy him a few tubs of Play Doh. I always loved playing with Play Doh as a child and knew that both of us could have some fun with it! He has also become more interested in painting too so I was able to fill up a stocking full of crafty bits. ~Play Doh~ You can buy different brands of Play Doh but I will be focussing on the Hasbro brand which seems to be most popular and widely available. Play Doh can be purchased as part of various play sets but we own a pack of four standard tubs of Play Doh. There are various colour choices available including pastel, neon and standard colours. Play Doh is a described as being a 'non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modelling compound'. It can be used by children (or big kids) to make various objects. Play Doh is made of wheat flour, water, salt, petroleum and Borax. Each Play Doh colour is presented in a round, yellow plastic tub. Each tub features a coloured lid which indicates the colour inside the tub and keeps the Play Doh fresh and clean. Some websites say that Play Doh is suitable from age 2 whilst others say age 3. I suppose this is down to parental evaluation. My son is 4.5yrs old and I supervise anyway so it is up to the parent. ~Price and Availability~ Hasbro Play Doh is widely available from stores including Amazon, Wilkinsons, Tesco and Toys 'r' Us. Expect to pay from £1.00 for a single tub, from £3.00 for a pack of 4 tubs and from £7.00 for the play sets. Larger value packs are also available with lots of colours included. ~Our Thoughts~ I bought our Play Doh from Wilkos and I believe I paid £3.00 for a pack of 4 x 130g tubs. Wilkos had limited colour choice so I opted for the standard 'classic' colours which included red, blue, white and yellow. It is a good way of expanding a current set. I plan on buying a few of the other colours soon though so may pay a visit to the larger Toys 'r' Us store. The play sets seem good value too and can often be found on offer. Our 4 tubs were held together with a cardboard wrapper and Boo was pleased to discover them in his Christmas stocking. The tubs are easy to store. We usually store them in a cupboard and just bring them out whenever Boo wants to play with them. Whilst I don't feel that Play Doh would cause as much damage as that awful Plastercine to carpets, I would still recommend being careful where you use it. Boo has a plastic table set and we normally do crafts there or at his desk. The tubs do a good job at keeping the contents fresh and safe whilst not in use but the lids are often quite stiff and Boo cannot remove them on his own. I suppose this is a good thing from a safety point of view especially if you have younger children in the house. We play with our Play Doh regularly as a change from colouring in or painting. It is a classic way to spend time and we enjoy playing with this together or Boo will happily sit and create some inventions whilst I tidy up around him. We made a safe choice with the classic colours as they are very versatile but I do feel a more varied selection is needed in our home to create more realistic models. Each tub has a large lump of Play Doh in it and sometimes it needs a little bit of a shoogle to release it from the tub. The Play Doh itself is like a big lump of soft modelling clay and is quite moist but not damp to the touch. The different colours are very bright and vibrant which increases appeal to young children. As advised, the Play Doh doesn't stain but it does get stuck underneath long nails which leaves my hands feeling a bit 'icky'. Play Doh is so much fun to play with and there is no limits to what you can make with it. My son finds it easy to use as he is able to pull the amount of Play Doh he needs from the lump. It moulds to various shapes very easily without breaking and is definitely child friendly and durable. It is possible to roll a piece of Play Doh into a ball or stretch it into a sausage shape. You can do anything with it as it is so easy to work with. We have made lots of things with our Play Doh including a house, snowmen, animals and even spelled out Boos name. It isn't messy to work with and doesn't leave any sort of residue on surfaces nor does it smell strongly or bad. If joining different pieces of Play Doh together, it does take a little bit of nudging and fixing to ensure they stick together. It is very simple to pull the pieces apart again without causing any damage. We often create little 'scenes' with Play Doh people, Play Doh cakes and Play Doh tables and chairs. Usually these are left out for a while to ensure Daddy sees them when he comes home from work and they always remain in one piece and look very good indeed. What we like about Play Doh is that if we decide we aren't keen on what we have made (which is often with a fussy 4yr old) we can just start again. The Play Doh keeps fresh and is so easy to squash back together and reshape into something different without becoming dried out or damaged. I do notice that if we have squashed different coloured pieces together than there will be some colour transfer between the bits of Play Doh but this isn't a major issue for us. ~Conclusion~ We have had so much fun playing with our Play Doh over the past few weeks. I do find that you get a lot for your money. A pack of four is so cheap given how much fun you can have with it. My son really enjoys creating new things with his Play Doh as he can let his imagination run wild. Our Play Doh is in perfect condition and the colours have remained vibrant without any fading. We can highly recommend Play Doh and look forward to expanding our collection this year. Thanks for reading :)
Last week my youngest daughter turned four and my eldest wanted to buy her a little present. I took her to the local Home and Bargain as it is quite a good place to pick up some nice little toys at a decent price. My daughter spotted this set of four Play-doh tubs (520g) for £1.99 and decided to buy it for her little sister. The product is presented in bright yellow cardboard packaging, which of course can be easily recycled. The Play-Doh logo is clearly displayed on the front along with pictures of various play doh creations, these included a dog, an apple, a hot air balloon and a rainbow. A red circle at the side contains a photo of the four tubs. In the corner we are informed that this toy is suitable for children 2+ and that it is a Hasbro product. Holes have been cut into the top of the package so that some of the tubs are visable, this shows what colour play-doh is in each tub. We got the colours green, orange, pink and purple, but this varies depending on the pack. On the back three photos are shown to show how to make the dog (pictured on the front) with the play-doh. General warnings are given such as "Not intended to be eaten" and "contains wheat". Further information is also given including cleaning instructions. I found the packaging really appealing and bright, it clearly caught my eldest daughters eye. It is also clear that this is a Hasbro brand Play-doh. The four tubs are pretty much identical apart from their lid which matches the colour of the play-doh inside. The tubs are bright yellow with the Play-Doh logo in the middle. My youngest daughter was very excited to receive this gift from her big sister and they both immediately took it off to the table to play with. They spent around an hour playing with the Play-doh and have regularly played with it since. I love my daughters to play together but with there age gap it can be difficult at times to find something they can both equally enjoy. So, any toy that my daughters can enjoy together is a winner with me. My daughters shared out the Play-doh equally and I was actually suprised by the lack of bickering this caused. My eldest began by showing her sister how to make a snake by rolling the dough back and too on the table, they went on to make all sorts of things such as people, characters, animals, shapes, food stuff....well I could go on and on, afterall the possibilities are endless! I also pulled out some old cutters which really added to their enjoyment. Play-doh is clearly great for imaginitive and creative play. Hasbro recommend this product for children 2+, which I think is because younger children may try to eat it. I would say very young children may need to be supervised whilst playing with this anyways as they may require some assistance. Any sort of creative play tends to be on the messy side. Hasbro claim that Play-doh will not stain but I protect my table with a plastic sheet none the less. I have never experienced any staining whilst using the product but still prefer to be safe than sorry. Also, I would keep it away from carpets as I feel it would be difficult to remove, but again we have not been in this situation. Play-doh has a very distinct smell, which is actually on the strong side. Like many others I actually like the smell of it, but my partner absolutely hates it. Once the product has been finished being played with it can be returned to the tubs. As long as the top are on securely it will not dry out and will be ready to play with again next time. Although I would say that the colours do begin to get mixed up pretty quickly and cannot be seperated. This has already happened to the set we bought but it doesn't seem to have stopped the childrens enjoyment. The pots are easy to store as they can simply be stacked ontop of each other, which is an added bonus. It feels as though Play-doh has been around forever. Interestingly it was originally invented in 1930's by Noah McVicker as a product to remove coal residues from wallpaper, during the 50's however it was marketed as a childs toy. I am thirty and clearly remember playing with Play-doh when I was little and absolutely loved it. The fact that Play-doh has been around for so long and loved by generation after generation speaks volumes. It just goes to show sometimes the simplest products prove to be among the best and the ones that stand up to the test of time. I must admit having bought other none branded replicas in the past but in my opinion play-doh is the best. It simply feels better, lasts longer and is just of a better quality. It is apparently very easy to make your own, but if I am completely honest this is not something I have ever done. There are so many Play-Doh products available now, since my daughters enjoyed the tubs so much I might have a look at some sets to buy them too. Play-Doh is great fun and it is of a really good quality. We bought these tubs for £1.99 from Home and Bargain, but they are available in most toy shops although prices vary depending upon the retailer.
As I'm sure most people are aware, Play-Doh is a mouldable substance that is essentially the same as flour and water mixed together, only with added colour. It's a toy that most kids have probably had at some point, and most parents have probably had to remove from clothing, carpets and other materials! I recently purchased some of this to use as part of a project for college, and found that it now comes in even more colours than it used to when I was a child. The colours that I actually bought included yellow, red, blue, green, brown, white and black. What I actually used it for was to build a scene from a photograph, but in a three-dimensional form, and this seemed like the ideal material to use. The packaging that it came in, solid tubs that each contained about 100g of play-doh, was bright yellow with lids that represented the colour of the play-doh inside - something which is quite useful when you first buy them but less useful if you get the lids mixed up, because this was the only thing that tells you what colour the play-doh is. If you're in a rush to pack away your things, the lids might get put on the wrong tubs, and then that tends to mean that next time you take out the wrong ones. Maybe I should just be more organised though, right? I do think that they would be better if they had colour labels on them elsewhere as well, such as on the tubs beneath the label that is already stuck on them, for example. This would make it a lot easier, at least in my opinion. As for using the play-doh, it is easily mouldable and doesn't dry out easily which means that it can be re-used as well, provided that you don't get the colours mixed together too much as this makes them impossible to separate again. I found that regardless of how big or small I made the model of each item in the photograph, it was still easy to mould them into whatever shape I needed. If the shapes were quite small though, it became more difficult because the play-doh would easily break. This was something that I found to be quite frustrating, and I could imagine that children would find it pretty annoying as well. Another important thing to mention is the fact that if it gets into carpets or clothing it can be very difficult to get out because it tends to get get more ground in, especially if you try to remove it with hot water. Using cold water, ice or even a vacuum cleaner is probably going to work better. I usually use ice, personally. Overall, I would say that this product is fun to play with for kids (although it can be messy) and it is good to make things out of as well.
So what exactly is it meant to be? Well, its a sort of dog/bear/cat thing, oh give it to me, squish, I'll just start again!! I have to admit, I'm not the best play-doh model maker, my creations never really resemble what they are meant to resemble but that doesn't mean we still don't have fun making them. So, what exactly is play-doh? Well according to an article I read to explain it better, "Play-Doh is a nontoxic, easy-to-use, easy-to-clean up modeling compound packaged in a variety of colors used principally by children for arts and crafts projects at home and in school. Besides being hand-molded into animals, flowers, and other fun objects, Play-Doh can be sent through extruders created for the purpose to produce rope-like strands of different shapes. Besides molding and extruding, children simply enjoy squashing, mashing, and rolling the compound. It was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. When a classroom of children began using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound, the product was reworked and marketed to Cincinnati schools in the mid-1950s. At the moment we just have four little tubs of play doh and each one is a different colour. We have blue, green, red and yellow and they were together in a gift pack that my little girl received for her 2nd birthday. It's only been in the last couple of months that she has had fun playing with this so I think we will buy a lot more in the future because there are so many different, colours, sets and accessories you can buy to go along with the doh. These things enable to to cut, press, mould and manipulate the play doh into so many different things that make it really fun. My favourite accessory for play doh is the little spaghetti machine as I like to call it where you feed some play doh into a machine and turn the handle and you get lots of little long strands of play doh that come out of the other end that looks like spaghetti! Anyway, back to the play doh in the jars. Each jar contains 5oz so you do get a good chunk of each colour. THe doh pulls away from the pile really easily so you can get a little or a lot out depending on how much you need. If you have surplus you can just press it back into the mound. What I find is a good trick is to rub this around in your hands first to warm it up and soften it up a bit too and then you can mould it into whatever you like. If you don't want to mix the colours I would not recommend putting other colours in each jar as once you have squished them together you cannot pull them apart. The play doh will stick to each other so you can make lots of things with different parts but you do need to be careful if you want to move it from the spot you built it in incase it falls. A fun modelling clay providing hours worth of entertainment and sparking imagination.
My two and a half year old has a lot of energy, as most kids of that age do. I found out very quickly that not only does she need physical stimulation, but mental stimulation too. I used to have the Play Doh Barbershop when I was a child and I loved it, so I decided to introduce my daughter to Play Doh. I purchased this little starter set for £3.50 including postage and packaging from amazon.co.uk, I also bought a set of cutters too. This set is really good for starting a child off into the magical world of Play Doh. There are 4 different colours, these vary, I got yellow, red, blue and white in my set, but I have seen orange, green and many other different colours in different sets. ==What is Play Doh== Play Doh has been around since the 1930's, when it was initially used as a wallpaper cleaner, it was only when children at school started using it for modelling that it was reworked and remarketed in the 1950's. Since then various sets have been introduced to enhance the pleasure of this modelling putty, such as; Playdoh 50th Birthday Fun Factory, Play-Doh Magic Swirl Ice-Cream Shoppe, Play-Doh Disney Prettiest Princess Castle and many more. The thing I like about Play-Doh is the fact that you can play with it, make things out of it and then put it all away in the tubs when you've finished with it, for it to be used another day(it only really hardens up so much that you can't mould it when it's been left out unplayed with). ==Verdict== I think Play-Doh has lots of benefits for young children, the main thing being the development of fine motor skills and building up the muscles in their hands through the kneading process, which will make pencil control easier as time goes on. The other main thing I encourage my child to use Play-Doh for is to promote her imagination and creativity. My daughter particularly likes cutting out little people using the people cutters and making her own little Play-Doh family(before cutting their legs off, but I'm sure she'll grow out of that phase). I love watching her making things and often wonder what goes through her head as I watch the concentration on her face (the cogs working overtime). I love this stuff, my daughter is only two and a half but she has really grasped the concept of Play-Doh really quickly, so I think it will be in our house for many years to come. I intend to get her more equipment for her Christmas, as this is something she does ask to play with every day and she never gets bored with it. The only thing I don't like about this stuff is when the colours get mixed through play but that is more of an OCD thing that I have going on, rather than anything Hasbro can rectify. You can make your own modelling clay using flour, water, salt and food colouring, but it doesn't have the same pliability or durability and for £3.50 for four 5oz tubs, why would you go through all that time and effort for something that is only going to last a few days?
My little grandson loves his craft days at my home when he comes to stay for the day or for a sleep over. We love to make things together and like to use Play Doh quite a lot of the time. It is affordable and has many uses for the little ones to have fun. We recently were watching a children's programme with the presenter making some flowers in a plant pot and one of the items used to make the flowers was Play Doh. My grandson then wanted to immediately make the flower pot, so off we went and made a couple. We had all the other items which were to be used so it we were happy little bunnies. This Play Doh comes in a pack of 4 tubs, 4 colours in total being purple, green, orange and pink. They are very bright colours and can easily be spotted from the shelf in the shop. The tubs are made of a strong plastic which is very durable and each one has a lid. The lid can easily be removed by a child and also pressed back onto the tub again after using the Play Doh. My grandson is 3 and a half years old and can easily do this by himself. The Doh is quite firm and durable and can be used to make things such as little people or anything the child may want to make, using their imagination. We placed a small ball into a plant pot and then place some plastic straws into the Doh and the straws were firmly in place. So it can be used to stick craft items into to hold them to make whatever they are making. We used a plastic straw and then rolled old sock around it and taped the sock onto the straw, the sock was the flower head, then used a fuzzy stick to make a stem for the flower. We used our other craft items to stick some eyes on the sock and then just pressed the straw into this Play Doh. I must admit ours looked almost as good as the presenters flower in the plant pot, so we gave ourselves 10 out of 10 lol. This doh is completely safe for children to use for making things. It is soft enough to just roll in the hands to manoeuvre around until the shape is what you intend it to be. We make dogs and cat and take a little from the tub at a time and roll it etc. this doh is a really good buy to bond with your child or grandchildren. It is ideal to use on school holidays when it is raining and bad weather and they are bored and have nothing to do. The time really does pass very quickly when you have craft days with your child in my opinion. There is nothing better than to get creative with a child to help their imagination work better. You can have hours of fun as a family with your children. After using it, you can use it again and again just by placing it back into the tub and ready to make something new the next time you need to make something. It lasts for a very long time and it is a very good quality and excellent value for money. I paid just £2.45 for the pack of 4 tubs from Tesco's. This price means it is only 61p a tub and well worth the money and the hours of fun it gives for children and their parents or grandparents. You just cannot go wrong with this product. The choice of colours are a good choice in the pack for both boys and girls to use. I think the price is so affordable for any budget, even if you are struggling with money this is a good enough price for your child's entertainment and used as a family craft day. It brings the whole family together I think and worth its weight in gold. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to start being creative and have a jolly good time with your child or like me my little grandson. We absolutely have tons of fun using this doh and laugh at each others rubbish attempt at making a cat or dog, especially grandma's dog and cat lol. This doh I will always buy in the future because it gives me all the fun time and quality for my fun days with my little grandson and soon my little granddaughter will be old enough to join us having fun using it. Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50. I give it 5 stars. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
With the weather being so bad lately it has been important for me to make sure I have plenty in the cupboard of things to do in case the grandchildren come round. We would usually find somewhere to go or let them play out in the garden but with the weather being wet nearly everyday I have had to look round for other things to keep them amused. One of the favourite items I remember my daughter having is Playdoh so guessed this would be a favourite with the grandchildren too. I was ordering some other bits from Woolworth and they had this pack on there for £3 so decided to add a couple of them to my order. The package comes with four separate plastic pots which have lids on them in the colours of the playdoh. In the packs I got one had yellow, white, red and blue in it and the other pack had a pale orange, lemon, pale blue and lilac. This gave us a nice variety of colours for them to use. When they came round I took my normal table cloth on and covered the table with a left over plastic cloth that we had at Christmas. I thought this would be better than getting playdoh stuck all over the table. I didn't have any tools or cutters that are proper playdoh ones at the time so we had to hunt around the house for things they could use. I had some biscuit cutters that I don't really use so they had these and then we found some buttons and things they could press into it to make patterns. I had to keep an eye that nothing dropped on the floor as it can be a pain trying to get it out of the carpet if its trodden in and next time they came round I put another table cloth over the carpet under their seats to make sure nothing did go on it. The doh is very good for all kinds of making, it rolls out well and is soft enough for them to be able to flatten it with their hands. it doesn't need lots of kneading and stretching to get it supple like with plasticine, this doh is ready to use straight from the pot and easy for little fingers to use as well as the older ones although they should be over three and you still need to watch they don't put it in their mouths. The pots are great for putting the playdoh back in when you have finished playing with it. If they have mixed up the colours then it is hard to sort them out, you can break off bits that haven't been too badly rolled together but once they are mixed in properly you can't unmix them so you always end up with some of it going into a new colour but if you put the bits in separately in the pots you find when you tip them out again they are still ok to use. You have to make sure the lids are on properly though or the playdoh will dry out and then it won't be any good. I am very pleased with the packs of Playdoh, for £6 they have had a lot of play out of it and it is a strong favourite for them to ask for when they come round.
++ My Experience ++ For during the colder and wetter months I stocked up on indoor activities for my daughter to do on rainy days. Along with puzzles and craft things I purchased Play Doh online at amazon for £3.97 with free delivery which I thought was a good price as for free delivery too. The four colours that we got were dark pink, high light pink, turquoise and purple. My daughter loves pink so she was over the moon with the colours. The colours are bright and the tubs are sturdy so if they are dropped on the floor they don't crack so having little hands grabbing at them that's a bonus as things always seem to hit the floor. The first use I opened just one of the tubs for her in order to not have all the colours mixed together by the end of play time and I was surprised how much play doh there was with just using the one tub. She was able to make a few different mini animals with the one tub and there was some left for me to make her a horse. It was moist and soft which for me showed the quality as some play dough as soon as you open it you can feel it flaking and that its dry. The smell of the play doh was a bit strong at first however it soon faded down it was a sweet smell as weird as that sounds that along with the texture is probably why children try to eat it! We have been using this product for the last few months and I have found its still work able for her and I feel due to the tubs lids being really sturdy and kept closed after play it hasn't dried out. The tubs stack so they are easy to store together which is good if you only have a little craft cupboard like me. And the lids are really tightly on which makes it a real challenge for a child to get off along with keeping the product moist. ++ About the Product++ Play Doh can be brought from children's shops or craft stores and online which makes it a great product to get as you can get your child a lot of different colours of high quality play doh. The price can vary but starts at around £3. There are 4 520g of play doh in the packaging and they come in a range of colours so if you want 4 specific colours you would have to search around until you come across the combination you are after. The colour of the play dough is the colour of the tubs lid and then it has a yellow container below with Play Doh written in white on a red background. The 4 tubs of play doh are encased in a brightly coloured cardboard layer that has all the product information on it and then it has a plastic film on it to keep it all together. The cardboard has examples of what you can make with your child like a cup cake or a car. The product should be used by children that are 2yrs old and above and should have child supervision when it is being used. On the back of the tubs it states that the product contains Wheat and that the product is a modelling compound and not intended to be eaten. And that colours and contents may vary from those shown. And that you should retain the packaging for future reference. To clean the product up you have to remove the excess Play doh and let the rest dry allowing you to then scrape the rest away. All the company information is written on the base on the cardboard packaging the address for the Consumer services is: Hasbro UK Ltd, PO Box 43, Newport, NP19 4YD Tel: 0080022427276 Website: www.hasbro.co.uk ++ Is Play Doh worth recommending? ++ In my opinion its so worthy of a recommendation, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to someone if they were looking for a good indoor activity to do with their child as it is well priced for what you receive and lasts a long time if the lid is kept on. A great product for a great price what more could any one with a play dough fan want!
==Overview== Play-Doh has been considered a toy since the mid 1950's and was a firm favourite of mine as I grew up in the 1980's and remains to be a firm favourite of children in the modern day. I actually purchased this not as a toy, but as a tool to help my students understand how scientific processes work by moulding different shapes and showing them how things work. ==What is it?== Play-doh is a special sort of modelling clay. It isn't hard like Plasticine, it is much more malleable moulds into shape much more easily than a hard clay like potters clay. It is indeed very much like a bread dough which can be shaped quite easily. It has the most amazing smell which can only be described as "Play-doh" smell, once you smell it you will understand! It is very sweet smelling, almost good enough to eat (should be discouraged!). There are a range of items for making different shapes with the Play-doh and machines for making spaghetti-type Play-doh, but the item under review is four tubs of Play-doh in the basic colours. These colours were standard for the 1980's. Nowadays I understand there is a much wider range of colours. ==What do you get?== Four small plastic tubs of Play-doh, probably enough to make a large adult fist-sized ball in each. The colours that you get are red, blue, white and yellow. The plastic tubs help to keep the Play-doh wet because it is very prone to drying out easily and quickly. I paid only £2 for the four tubs which is quite good value as they are typically closer to £5 for the four tubs. ==What can you do with it?== You can mould shapes, make your own scenes or if you have the aforementioned shaping tools you can mould other shapes. It is good for children as it allows them to improve their dexterity, particularly if trying to make something quite detailed. ==What is bad about it?== As mentioned earlier, it dries out easily so if you forget to put the lid back on, you've had it basically! There is nothing sadder than a dried out tub of Play-doh because there is very little you can do with it other than bin it. The other thing is, if you mix the colours, they stay mixed ! Which means that it is hard to make intricate items as demonstrated on the packets of these things. However, it does mean it is easy to make green and purple Play-doh! :) ==Overall== This is a good item, very easy to shape and mould. It is a good idea to tell anyone who is using it not to mix it together and not to let it dry out so that they can have maximum fun with it!