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My boys got the play-doh fun factory for Christmas 2012 and its still a firm favourite nearly 2 years later (I'm lucky if a toy lasts 3 months in our house).
I bought it from Amazon for about £6 which I thought was a bargain. I have seen it for sale in other toy shops and also some bigger supermarkets but I have never seen it cheaper than about £7. I was already very happy with my purchase so It got wrapped and but nicely under the Christmas tree ready for the boys in the on Christmas morning. It was more of a stocking flier present and I didn't think they would get much play value out of it.
But how wrong was I. A few days after Christmas they were asking to play with it so I put a mat down on the floor (play doh is horrible to get out of the carpet) and opened it up. On the inside you get the fun factory, a little spatula and 2 2oz tubs of green and orange play doh. We already had lots of tubs of play doh but this was the first toy they got that could be played with alongside play doh.
The fun factory has 8 different shapes on an orange disc at the front. You load the pay doh into the fun factory, push down the level and out pops the different shapes. My boys favourite is the one that comes out looking just like spaghetti but there is also a triangle, a cross and a flower to name a few. Under the lever there are also some shapes printed onto the fun factory was you can push the play doh onto it and then use the spatula to cut them out.
My boys (who are 2 and 4) have been playing with this for over 2 years now and still are not board of it and it regularly gets played it. Its always the first toy they reach for when the play doh comes out and I've since bought many other play doh toys and non have been played with half as much as the fun factory. The boys especially like to make food out of play doh and the fun factory and with play doh being non toxic I don't need to worry if they do get any in their mouth.
The only slight problem I would have is it is a bit of a pain to clean as the play doh does tend to get stuck in the moving parts but its not a huge problem it just means I have to clean it rather than the boys . . . Thanks play doh! Any play doh that does get missed and left in the fun factory goes hard and it just drops of when playing with the next time anyway.
My 4 year olds verdict " I like squishing the play doh and making spaghetti on toast"
I would highly recommend this to any play doh fan as it really makes play doh so much more fun to play with.
I couldn't wait until my son was old enough to play with Play-Doh as I loved it as a child. We bought him the fun factory for Christmas when he was 20 months old. We chose this as many Play-Doh toys are aimed at older children and are more complex to use, and as this was very simple we thought it would be great to start with.
In the pack you get the fun factory machine, 2 small pots of Play-Doh and a plastic cutting knife.
It works by taking some Play-Doh and lifting up the purple lever, pushing the Play-Doh in to the hole and then pushing the lever all the way back down. The Play-Doh is squeezed out forming your chosen shape, you can then use the knife to chop it off. The shape is selected by spinning a wheel on the front. There are several to choose from and they make for example star and triangle shapes as well as long spaghetti shapes.
Under the lever are also 3 shapes you can press the Play-Doh in to, as well as patterns on the top of it that you can press the Play-Doh on to create patterns on it.
There is a cut out on the spinning wheel that allows you to open it and inside is enough room to store the knife and a tub of Play-Doh. It also allows for easier cleaning.
It is relatively easy to clean but does take a few minutes, and if you don't want to get your colours mixed up you have to clean it properly before putting another colour in it.
My son got the hang of this very quickly and its simple to use. It provides hours of fun and was a fantastic price (£5 from Amazon). It is good quality and the tubs of Play-Doh last a long time too.
Looking around for stocking fillers for my daughter was relatively easy, she plays with Play-Doh a lot and I know you can get some quite cheap bits to help encourage her arty side. I spotted this little device relatively cheaply and Lily had played with it at a friends house, so I knew she was going to love this.
== What is it? ==
The Play-Doh Fun Factory is a device that enables you to make different shapes with Play-Doh. On the top of the machine is a lever, and on the front of the machine is an orange dial with eight different shapes to choose from; cross, bat(it looks a little like the batman symbol), star, triangle, a weird square looking shape, what looks like a back to front number 3, a shape that enables you to split the Play-Doh through the middle for a tagliatelle type effect, and a shape that enables you to make something similar to spaghetti. You also get a little 2 small fun sized pots of Play-Doh (colours vary) and a plastic knife, which is good as the Play-Doh does get stuck in the little holes and can be a right pain to clean.
== How do you use it? ==
Your child lifts up the lever and packs the Play-Doh into the hole, then you turn the dial to the desired shape you require. Upon pressing the lever, the Play-Doh comes out in a sausage type shape with the shape chosen on the dial running through it. Make sure you clean this when your child has finished, the machine doesn't like hard Play-Doh and when you hear your childs cries of "I can't do it Daddy" and you press the lever as hard as you can, the lever has a tendency to come off. To clean the machine, you turn the dial to the little lip, this will then allow you to open a door behind the dial, giving you access to the front of the machine where the Play-Doh comes out, you can then go in there and clean all the excess Play-Doh with the plastic knife (I only figured this out when writing this review, after the lever incident. there are no instructions with the machine on how to clean it.).
== Price ==
I paid £9.99 for this from amazon.co.uk including delivery, and for what you actually get in this pack, it's not a bad price at all
== Verdict ==
I love Play-Doh it is great to help with your kids creativity and fine motor skills and having the dial you have to turn and the lever you have to press on this machine is even better. Out of all the little Play-Doh tools and gadgets Lily has for molding and cutting, this is the one she seems to get out the most. I think it's because of the wide variety of shapes you can make with it. I like the fact that they give you a couple of starter pots and a separate little tool, that was a nice little bonus. Now that I have figured out how to clean the machine properly, I love this thing even more than I already did. This is definitely a great addition to the Play-Doh range and your child won't be disappointed. Lily uses this with her Play-Doh lolly sticks to make different shaped lollies, the possibilities are endless!
This item was bought for my Daughter as a present. It is made of solid plastic and is aqua in colour at the bottom of the main item and it's lever is purple in colour.
Basically you have a choice of extruder rails that have different holes and shapes cut out. You select the shape that you want, put it on the front of the machine and turn it into place. Once this is secure, you lift up the purple lever and place your play doh into the inner section. When you play doh is in place, all you then have to do is to press down on the lever. Your play-doh is then squeezed out of the front in the shape that you selected.
It is a fairly basic piece of machinary but is very easy to clean and will give plenty of fun playing time as you can make lots of different shapes.
Also included are two small pots of play-doh and a plastic cutting knife.
Everyone loves going to work at the Fun Factory where creative fun is only a squeeze away.Just load up the press with modelling compound, select the extruder rail with the shape you want and squeeze.Your creations extrude from the factory and you're ready to start moulding whatever you can imagine. Let your imagination run wild, a wonderful way to encourage creativit. Please note: Colours may vary.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: From 3 years.