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I brought this play doh party pack a few weeks ago, not for a party but for my three daughters to play with together at the dining table to keep them occupied whilst the weather is bad.
In this party pack we got ten 150gram tubs of play doh in ten different colours.
My children have had hours of fun playing with these with a rolling pin, making them into different things, mixing colours and cutting shapes out of it. It does say it is not suitable for children under 3 years but I think this is incase they eat it ore put it in there nose or ears but as long as they are supervised I think younger children can enjoy it too as my two year old has loved it.
I was a bit worried that the bits that fell off the table might stain the carpet but despite it getting trod in once it had dried it hovered out leaving no marks behind at all.
These pots are not very big but they are an ideal size to be able to take places with you for your child to play with whilst waiting to stop them getting board and even more ideal for at home if you have a few children like me.
I have two young sons who are 6 and 7 but still love to mess with play doh, and because of this I recently purchased some new tubs for playtimes on cold days.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*
As Play doh was developed way back in 1956 it's pretty safe to say that it's a trusted and recognised brand that is just as popular with children today as it ever was, and availability wise can be found in all good toy stores as well as larger supermarkets on their toy aisles. The particular set that I'm reviewing here is 10 piece rainbow party pack and as you may have guessed comes in an array of different colours with each tub holding a reasonable sized mound of dough.
The packaging is simplistic being that it is a plain cylindrical plastic tub, usually residing in a sedate yellow colour, with the 'play - doh' logo emblazoned on a sticker on the front. The lid is a circle and usually white which forms an air tight seal around the rim, and on new tubs in particular they are a real nightmare to actually get off.
Price wise Play doh can be anything from £1 for a singular tub up to £20 for sets include tools and gadgets and there are a vast collection of different themes available including barbers, food, dinosaurs etc (yes we have had these and many, many more over the years) so if looking for something in particular it's probable that it does exist.
*~*Our experience of this*~*
We have had play doh in our home for several years now and as the recommended ages are 2 years upwards, it's safe to say we've been through plenty of tubs in that time. I personally like play doh for 2 reasons; the first being that it is far superior to it's arch nemesis plastercine which I find to be hard to mould and not only sticks to surfaces but always turns that horrid brown/green colour as soon as it gets mixed together.
The second reason is play doh has such an addictive aroma to it that I personally like to just smell the fresh new dough (once the lids have been finally removed) and I will openly admit to playing with the dough as I find it very therapeutic indeed and helps to alleviate stress by kneading away.
As for my children though it has obvious attractions and the main ones being they can let their imaginations run wild and create anything they like. Play doh is incredibly soft in consistency and the more it is kneaded the softer it becomes so is easy to form any shape required really. It has a soft dry texture which unlike plastercine that can leave a greasy residue on hands this does not and also doesn't stick unnecessarily to surfaces.
This is a non toxic substance so I can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that if my children happen to get any in their mouths if won't do them too much harm, though at the ages they are I'm past watching them every second unlike when they were toddlers. Play doh also doesn't stain any surfaces despite the bright and lurid colours and though it's either used on a plastic tray or wipeable table cloth if it gets on my carpet it does take a while to remove as it needs to dry first but does come off in the end.
I think this is fantastic for imagination and play and is cheap enough to buy again if the dough dries out and is no longer useable and I am just glad that my children still enjoy this classic product.
The only reason for deducting one star is that the lids really are like mission impossible to get off, and whilst I can understand that it is to form an air tight seal you would think over the years they would have designed them to make them easier to actually get into as children on their own struggle with the lids.
Play doh is such a fun and imaginative pass time that helps children create almost anything from something as simple as a coloured putty. Even at my age (mid thirties) I still like to get involved and play.