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I purchased this for my daughter for Christmas (6 year old); it was what she wanted from seeing the TV ad, which I admit, was very appealling.
I have to say I found this product to be very disappointing, it offers a lot, but returns little, unfortunately. It brags about numerous moulds, but these are 'shaped' all over the main body of the maker, and really are difficult to use, mainly because of their size and positioning.
It's reasonable quality, but we have found that the Play Doh oozes out of the side when trying to dispense 'ice cream', and it tips quite easily when using the turning handle for 'sprinkles'. You do get 4 pots of Play Doh, and we have made some reasonable 'ice creams' but the effort involved certainly does make your enthusiasm wane (even a 6 year old!).
Cleaning is a pain, to say the least, you can get out a lot, but there is always trapped Play Doh and it appears to be easy to let it dry hard, then try and remove it.
Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend this to friends and family, particularly at the price; it's a great concept, but it is let down by the problems I've mentioned, and the 'fun' soon disappears when you start to 'struggle' with it to perform simple activities.
I recently bought this product for my daughter for Christmas.
She is 6 and has had lots of play doh in the past and really enjoyed it. She had seen this advert on tv and really wanted it so I thought I would get it for her. I bought it from Argos and it cost around £17 so not a particularly cheap product!
The box looked very exciting and appealing when she opened the present and she was very excited. The contents are as follows:-
Swirling unit, a sprinkler, 4 tubs of play dough, pink, green, brown and mixed you also get two ice cream tubs and two sundae glasses, and spoons. There is also an instruction booklet.
The first thing that struck me when opening the box was how much smaller everything seemed than it had done in the adverts on tv.
The shop is easy to set up if you follow the instructions the only problem is that it cant be taken back apart so it is very difficult to store.
The main section is the ice cream maker where you push play doh into the top and it can come out in different swirl shapes. My daughter really liked doing this as you can put the cones/glasses underneath and it does look like real ice cream when its coming out! Very exciting if you are 5!
My daughter Played with this a lot over the Christmas period but it is very messy. She is quite a careful child (if there is such a thing) but still we ended up with play doh getting dropped all over the place. She played with it on a tray but it still did not confine all the mess.
The worst thing about the set is that the play doh all got mixed up so what started off as lovely color ice creams is now just a greeny color and not very appealing.
The ice cream maker really should be cleaned out fully after each play but due to time etc this does not always happen therefore there is now dried play doh stuck in some of the smaller parts of the set - not great.
I would not recommend buying this product it is no where near as good as it looks on the adverts and there are too many little bits to it and it is very messy. Perhaps it may be more suitable for an older child although the age does say from 3 and up!
Until recently I had managed to avoid buying any Play-Doh type toys for my little one. It's messy stuff and as my daughter regularly played with it at nursery and playgroups I thought we could do without it at home, but this summer I decided to allow her to spend £20 of birthday money on any toy she wanted and she chose this Play-Doh Ice Cream Shoppe, (I don't know why it's ye olde shoppe instead of just a shop). It cost £18 from Early Learning Centre, although at the time of writing it's marked at £14.40 on their website.
*Contents and Set Up:
It's in a bright colourful box with a boy and girl pictured making some very artistic ice cream creations. I suspect they had adult, (professional artist), help. There's a basic instruction sheet in multiple languages with helpful diagrams.
Inside are: the base plus three attachments - swirl unit, sprinkle maker and toppings maker; four tubs of Play-Doh, (320g), in different colours - brown, bright pink, lime green and 'sprinkles' - a short lived white with colourful bits; two cones/tubs; two glass style dishes; 2 ice cream spoons; a scooper and cake presser.
The attachments need to be clipped onto the base, it's simply done, but once in they don't come out again so it won't fit back into the box. It's a bit of an awkward shape, we store ours on a wide shelf along with the other bits 'n' bobs that come with it. It's recommended to clean the unit between play. The base is decorated with over 40 moulds which the Doh can be pressed into to make shapes. There are fruits, sweets, biscuits and other shapes to add to the completed ice cream.
The central swirl unit could probably be classed as the main part. Doh is pushed in and pressed through via a pull down lever. There's a shape selector underneath to choose the shape of the ice cream as it comes out. A cone can be attached to the base and is turned around as the Doh comes out so that it lands in a circular motion, making it easier to get that professional ice cream look. The sprinkle maker has a wind up top and the Doh comes out in short 'sprinkle' segments, it's not all that efficient as the segments usually stick together and need to be manually broken up. The toppings maker isn't much different to the swirl unit, but without the swirl.
The 'scooper' is a spoon with a hole in and I'm not quite sure if there's a particular way it's supposed to be used. The cake presser is a piece of plastic which is pressed onto a part of the base to allow the good old wormy shapes to come out, (I think they are meant to be candles and you can decorate around it).
My daughter needed a bit of help at first to work it all out. She doesn't use the sprinkle maker as it's a bit awkward and she hasn't quite got the hang of it, neither have I. It was played with with great enthusiasm for a few afternoons on the run, but has since been reduced to the occasional hour or so of play. It was last in play around a month ago.
While it all looks very exciting at first, the novelty doesn't take long to wear off, it's possible we've had just as much fun eating invisible imaginary food. It doesn't take my daughter long to make her 'creations', an older child might get more absorbed in the minutae, perhaps the finer details are too complicated for a four year old. The age on the box is 3+ but I think it would probably be better for slightly older children, maybe six or seven.
The main drawback with any Play-Doh or modelling clay product is probably the fact that it can make a right mess. To try and limit this I first asked my daughter to only play with it on the table, but bits still got dropped onto the floor squished into the carpet, plus she likes to run around and dole ice creams out to people. I wouldn't suggest this as a gift for a child with ultra houseproud parents, (then again I wouldn't recommend such people have children either!). I have a large plastic tablecloth which is now used as a playmat when my daughter wants to get this out.
Another drawback, although probably more important from the child's point of view is that when it gets left out Play-Doh loses it's pliability. If it's left out for more than a few hours it dries up. It's time consuming to get all the bits of Doh up after play, inevitably some bits gets left out or are dropped then harden and become useless. As a result the supply of Doh gradually dwindles.
A third problem is that, as with plasticine, eventually all the colours merge together until you are left with brown. It hasn't quite happened to this set yet, but it's on it's way there. Of the original four colours there's not really any of the white 'sprinkles' left, there's a little bit of green and pink, but most of it has joined forces with the brown, the pristine colours of the creations pictured on the box are unrealistic.
Play-Doh is generally seen as creative, and modelling clay is something my daughter has always made a beeline for, but although she has used this to model other things, she usually sticks to making ice creams with it, so despite having all the extras, it's a toy that is played with in a less creative way than a few tubs of dough might be.
The quality and general construction of the unit is fine. Nothing has broken or snapped off, it all works as well as it did when we bought it. The main issue is probably the colour of the Play-Doh and the fact that it gradually dwindles in quantity.
In conclusion I would say the Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe promises more than it delivers. It looks impressive but the reality is less exciting. In our experience the novelty wears off quickly. As a gift for a child it will almost certainly go down very well at first, but probably won't have a very long shelf life.
Play Doh Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shop
One of the specific toys my little one asked Santa for Christmas this past year was the Play Doh Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shop. Every time it came on the television between the children's programmes, I was reminded by my youngster that that was what was wanted. Luckily, Santa thought my youngster had been good this year as the Ice Cream Shop was under the tree on Christmas morning!
The Ice Cream Shop comes in four parts which are easily slotted together though not so easily taken apart again, making storage a little annoying!
You have the main base, which is an unattractive plain white in colour with a light blue part in the centre which connects to three other pieces. On the base you have grooves to enable the child to make little play doh pictures, as well as little platforms to hold the glasses and pots to serve to customers!
The middle piece which is connected very securely to the base is white and pink. This part creates the main bulk of the 'ice cream' with a pattern maker attached to it and grooves all down the sides and on the bottom to make different play-doh pictures. The centre of this unit turns around, so when the toy glass is attached to it securely, swirls of 'ice cream' can be made.
The two side pieces are in a turquoise colour and create sprinkles for the ice cream top with a red rotating handle, and another slightly different swirl unit.
Within this pack you get four 320g pots of different colour play-doh. This play-doh is perfectly made, and as long as it is put back in the pot after use, seems to have a long life to it. I cant say much about the colours staying separate though, not with my youngster around! You also get two little bowls, two cones and 2 spoons to put the ice cream play doh in.
Making the ice cream at first is a little difficult as the unit is rather stiff to begin with and my youngster needed quite a bit of help, though after a while it did loosen up and become a little easier, though getting the thing apart still did not! This ice cream maker is aimed at children age three plus, though even at three, I think that the main middle unit especially is too hard to press down.
Even though my youngster has problems using this ice cream maker, it is a well used and enjoyed toy which is mixed with other play doh and tools in our house to make fun even better!
This play-doh ice cream maker can be picked up between £10.00-£20.00 depending on where you look. I believe that Santa bought it for £15.00 at the time on Amazon, though the price does seem to be a little lower there now.
Even with the few problems, this toy is a great one and my youngster has loads of fun playing with it. I would definitely recommend it even with the stiffness of it.
Personally I love Christmas, I love the build up, shopping, eating lots of food and the actual day itself. I am the second of four so even as I got older I still had a younger brother and sister that got lots of toys for Christmas, which I could play with. Sadly as we all got older we received greater and more expensive gifts, which we were all very grateful of. Also as you all get older in the family the magical and innocent experience of Father Christmas disappears and Christmas Eve feeling like the longest day ever! I loved going to bed on Christmas Eve and looking out of my window determined to stay awake so I could see Father Christmas, I will always remember the person who told me Father Christmas wasn't real. As I am such a big kid at heart it is lovely to have my two nephews to share Father Christmas with all over again. My oldest nephew is 3 years old, so this year he started to understand all about Father Christmas and was very excited about him coming down his chimney!
One of many toys that my nephew received was the "Play Doh Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shop". With him already having some pots of Play Doh and him loving making things, I thought this would be the ideal present for him.
 Four times 320g pots of play doh in different colours
 40 moulds
 Ice cream swirl unit base
 Sprinkler topper maker
 2 dishes
 2 cones
 2 scooper spoons
 Cake presser
The Ice Cream Shop comes unassembled in an attractive box. The box is a bright yellow and turquoise colour with a picture of the shop set up on the front showing how it works. Inside the box are the different pieces; the base, main ice cream swirl unit, sprinkler and an additional swirl unit. The 3 units have to be clicked into place on the base, which is simple and easy to set up and do. The base is white and has lots of different shapes made into it so different moulds can be made. The main swirl unit is white with a red handle. The other two units are blue, the sprinkler has a yellow top with a red rotating handle and the swirl unit has a green stopper.
To make Ice Cream using the main swirl unit you open up the red handle and place play-doh inside stuffing as much in as possible. Were the doh comes out place a pot or a cone, on the rotating stand. Then you firmly push down the red handle and out will come the doh looking like ice cream swirls, also the stand will rotate the pot or cone so it ends up looking like a real ice cream. To use the other swirl unit you just simple place play doh inside and then push the green stopper down forcing it out the end. To make the sprinkles you place play doh inside and then fasten the rotating stopper on the top and then turn it round and round and out come sprinkles.
I have tried this game out myself with my nephew; well I used him as an excuse for playing with it. On Christmas day we both sat at the table and set it all up and played with it for a good hour. However this is when I saw the problems that occur with this product. The product is recommended for ages 3 plus, parts of the product are quite hard to use physically and my nephew was unable to do some of the things. He was unable to push down the red handle himself to create the ice cream, you have to be quite forceful and in fact I found it hard to do myself. Also the other unit to make the swirling ice cream is very hard to push down and again he was unable to do this.
However there was one part of it that he loved doing, that was making the sprinkles. He loved turning the handle round and round and seeing the sprinkles come out the end into the pot.
This toy is very messy and bits of play doh get everywhere but what do you expect with play doh if you aren't prepared to deal with the mess then don't buy play doh for your children.
Overall I think this is a brilliant product; however I wouldn't recommend it for a 3 year old unless you are prepared to do the majority of the work yourself. My nephew tended to get mad that he was unable to do some of the things but you don't just have to make ice creams you can make loads of different things. I would say it was a well bought present and I loved spending time with my nephew playing with this product.