Product Type: Soft Stuff Art / Craft
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Soft Stuff Bumper Tool and Dough Set
Member Name: claireylulu
Soft Stuff Bumper Tool and Dough Set
Advantages: Plenty of soft stuff, made perfectly for two to share
Disadvantages: The box
This bumper tool and dough set from Early Learning Centre comes in a large cardboard box measuring roughly 51cms by 33.5cms by 8.5cms. It is rather on the large side and in our small house we have struggled to find somewhere to put it where my son's can't get to it all the time unsupervised as this definitely wouldn't be a good idea! The down side to this large box is on the front there are cut out holes to see what's inside that are open. They could do with having clear plastic over them so you could still see what's inside but when you tipped the box the contents don't fall out once they have been opened from the bags for the first time. Although this was annoying to begin with you don't buy a product of this type for its box. Over time we gave up with the box and purchased our own plastic box with a lid.
This bumper set includes numerous bright coloured soft stuff and a variety of moulding and cutting equipment. On first opening the box I was very impressed by the amount of items you get with it. There are six different coloured dough's in 150g plastic tub containers. The colours we got with this set were light blue, red, bright pink, orange, bright yellow and light green. The tubs are about 7.5cms in height. The lids seal quite well but aren't that tough a child can't open them which has its good and bad points! After being open for a few months the dough kept in the tubs is still soft. On first opening the dough it was quite firm but once in your hand it soften up quite quickly and both my boys found it easy to mould into shapes. Even after a good hour's play the dough doesn't become crumbly and is still easy to work in your hands. The dough does have a slight perfumed smell to it which is left on your hands after playing with it. I wouldn't say it was an unpleasant smell and soon can be removed once you have washed your hands. My boys quite like the smell! As well as the dough in the containers there are eight other spare dough's all individually wrapped in sealed plastic. These come in a range of bright colours and also white.
Along with the many dough's in this set there are many tools too. For my two boys to share there is plenty and it seems it has been made perfectly for two to share as the essentials come in twos! There are two simple blue tubes that can be used as rolling pins. Smaller children may find these a little difficult to use initially as they don't have ends to them but my youngest son (aged 3 and a half) soon got the hang of rolling it with his hands. When we initially got the dough out for the first time he did need a bit of help to roll it but once it warmed up he was off. There are two pairs of red slightly wavy scissors perfect for little fingers to use. Also in the set are two yellow knifes. One end of the knife has no teeth where as the other does. My youngest son at the moment has an obsession of cutting the dough up into small pieces. The set comes with what I can only describe as two plungers one blue and one red. They are made up of two pieces of plastic, one piece fits into the other. You put the dough inside the tube of one and push the other tube shaped plastic into it pushing the dough out of a patterned end. As you would guess the red and blue have different patterns to them. Finishing off in twos there are 2 red wheel rollers. The rest of the tools are made up of cutters and moulds there are quite a selection with the likes of fish, cat and duck cutters and lion, person and rabbit moulds. The moulds obviously have more detail to them. My eldest son (aged five years) loves to use the moulds and cutters. He isn't too pleased when my youngest son comes along and cuts them up with his knife though. And that is the set made up of thirty seven items.
This set has seen many hours of play over the last few months and it is still going strong. It has provided hours of fun for my boys and the odd squabble too! We have found it easy to use and not too bad to clear up either! The dough has stayed soft and has kept its colour. We still have the six open in the tubs and haven't even needed to start on the spare eight. So yes I have to admit soft stuff is good and keeps even my youngest occupied for a quite a length of time. And at a price of £20 I would say you get a bargain. There is all you really need in one box!
Summary: A wonderful set recommended for children three years old and over - highly recommend.