Product Type: Hasbro Art / Craft
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Play-Doh - a great way of encouraging imaginative play
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Ideal for imaginative play and motor development
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.
Summary: A great toy for any child