Product Type: Hasbro Art / Craft
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Don't mix it up!
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Advantages: Easy to mould
Disadvantages: Dries out, can't mix colours easily
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! :)
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!
Summary: Great toy for kids
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