Product Type: Hasbro Art / Craft
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A World of Imagination at Your Fingertips
Member Name: mikeb2102
Advantages: Promotes physical and mental stimulation and is lots of fun too
Disadvantages: I don't like it when the colours get mixed through play
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).
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?
Summary: Great toy to help your childs development and also keeps them occupied for hours
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