Product Type: Hasbro Art / Craft
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What Will You Make?
Member Name: Candyperfumegirl
Advantages: Great creative fun!
Disadvantages: None for me
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.
Summary: Great for creative and imagInative play