My little boy received this set for his first birthday and we have played with it quite a bit since. It is from the Early Learning Centre and they recommend it is for ages 18 months to 4 years. I would definitely agree with this as I don't actually let my little boy play with it, I think he would just end up eating the soft stuff and make a mess. My little girl on the other hand who is nearly three absolutely loves this set and so I think this is probably the perfect age for this set.
It comes from the mini artist range and it is basically The Early Learning Centres own brand of Playdoh although I don't think it is as good quality as a Playdoh set is but I'll get to that later. Included in the cardboard box are:
3 x face cutters
3 x moulding slides
1 x 3-in-1 cutter (which is basically three wheels, two give a bit of a jagged edge and one is straight)
1 x rolling pin
4 x soft stuff tubes
1 x playmat
The face cutters are basically three very silly looking faces that you can use to mould the soft stuff in. The faces have funny mouths and crazy looking hair. They are quite tricky to use though and you have to be quite skilled in pushing the soft stuff through and then getting it out of the mould without changing the shape of what you have just made. It's definitely very tricky for a three year old to do and my daughter really doesn't play with this part of the set.
We really like the moulding slides as with these, you just press a little bit of the soft stuff into the mould and you can make little figures such as a butterfly, sunflower and strawberry. These turn out quite well and look good.
I have to say I don't think the soft stuff is as good as playdoh. There were four colours that came in the set, red, yellow, green and blue. They were just wrapped in cellophane and so when you open them up you need to put them in a separate container so they don't dry out. Most of ours has dried out now as we didn't have anything to store it in and so I much prefer playdoh which comes in little tubs with a lid on already.
The rolling pin in this set is good. It's just small but perfect for little hands and I would say this is the part my daughter plays with the most, rolling out the soft stuff and making biscuits with it! The cutter is good too and has three different wheels on its sides so you can cut with a straight edge or a jagged edge. It's not sharp at all so there's no dangerous parts for little ones but it does cut the soft stuff well.
All in all this is a good starter set with some nice little instruments but you will probably need to buy more soft stuff/ playdoh fairly soon after purchase to enjoy it fully.
Create funny faces with this Mini Artist Soft Stuff set. Age range: From 18 months.