“ Manufacturer: Wilkinson / Type: Clay „
My son like many young children loves play dough. I have always made my own play dough except when it has come in kits. Most of his cutting shaped came from a car boot but when I spotted a pack of cutters in Wilkinson's I thought they would be an ideal addition to our collection.
The pack is hanging in the art and craft section is a clear plastic bag so you can see exactly what comes inside. It comes with four tools a rolling pin two circular cutters and a knife type cutter. The Cutters do feel like they are not made of expensive plastic and feels like they will snap easily. They are all brightly coloured.
The rolling pin as actually ideal for little hands to hold it is quite light but it isn't important in this set. The wheels have one curved and one with straight edges these work like a pizza wheel. These roll easily with no real force required. The knife doesn't actually have sharp edges.
My son often plays with his play dough with the two girls next door as they are not allowed it as they walked it into the carpet on one occasion to many. I simply put a plastic sheet down. This toy has been popular with all three of them and of course they all want the same tool at the same time however these tools have been very effective for all sorts of creations. My son was two when he was bought this set and two and has been played with children ranging from one to five. When he first started playing with them he was really cutting for no purpose other than to cut but as he has got older his designs have become more creative and it has mattered which tool he has used rather than been bothered which tool someone else was using. The wheels seem to create far shaper lines than the knife.
I paid about a pound for this set and two and a half years later despite hours of play it remains in mint condition. I do think play doh is a brilliant toy that helps develop fine motor skills and creativity and this set is a great addition to any play doh fans collection. At £1 this set is a bargain in my opinion.
Play dough is an activity that has been popular with my daughter since she was very young. I have always made her a big batch of dough when the previous batch starts to look a bit tired. In the beginning we didn't have any tools, and whilst I wanted her to have plenty of cutters and shapes to be able to interact with the play dough, I also didn't want to spend a fortune if she wasn't going to play with it.
I spotted the accessory set in Wilkinson's when my daughter was around eighteen months old. You can still buy the set now for a pound which is cheaper than the £1.50 I bought it for two and a half years ago.
You almost can't go wrong with the price. I reasoned that if the pieces didn't last longer than a couple of months then we would have had some value from it.
Included in the set are two pizza cutter shaped tools, each one with a different design on the cutting wheel. A plastic knife tool to cut which is double ended for cutting and shaping. Finally there is a rolling pin which is the most important tool you will need when playing with play dough.
Each tool is brightly coloured in primary colours which is attractive to young children. Initially I found the knife tool especially quite small for a young child to hold, but she has grown into the one as she has gotten older.
Each pizza wheel cutter is fairly solid and hasn't broken yet despite some heavy handedness from my toddler. I found the handles quite chunky which is good for young children to hold. The wheels of the cutters spin well and never appear to get clogged up with playdough when they are inserted into a large mound of stuff.
The rolling pin sadly never quite made it to this day. The design of it was average due to the price of the set, but as it was made from a hollow piece of plastic, and the handles are just glued inside, then I found one handle to pop out a few months after we bought the set.
This hasn't stopped my daughter using the rolling pin, as we just glue it back in and she carries on. If it pops out, she will just use it with one handle until one of us can fix it.
It may seem like a false economy, but to be honest it still does the job and is safe even without the handles.
I think if you were to buy this set then I would look upon it as a starter set or just some extras to add to your collection. Just using the four tools on their own would get quite boring as there are no shape cutters included, but it's certainly been an added extra that has lasted averagely well for the price in our house.
I think this set would make a great stocking filler for any young child, and for the money you really can't go wrong.
On one of my usual shopping days I went into wilkinsons for a noisy and came across this kids dough accessories set which cost only £1 for a pack with 4 different parts in it. So as my son loves playing with play doh I could not walk past it especially when I noticed there was a rolling pin in it as my son keeps asking me to get him one so he can flatten out his play doh.
Another tool which is in this set is a cutter which is great as it lets you cut all different shapes out of your play doh which my son loves doing and can do by himself with this cutter as it is very easy to use and cuts through his play doh hassle free. There is also a tool which is like a pizza cutter so this is good for if your child is wanting to cut in a straight line. The last tool is similar to the pizza cutter one but instead of being a smoothedge it is a zig zag/wavy line so creates a nice pattern in the doh. All the tools are of a good size for young children to hold and use. Also they are very colourful and eye catching with all the primary colours of red, yellow and blue and there is also green in them as well.
Definitely recommend this set to anyone who has young children who love playing with play doh as it is a great set which costs very little and has some essentials in it such as the rolling pin.
The Wilko Craft Time Kids Dough Accessories Set only costs 97p from Wilkinsons, so at that price we weren't expecting too much. We picked it up simply because the grandson is really into his Play Doh lately, and this was a nice cheap addition to his existing supplies.
Inside the plastic packet there are four tools which can be used to create a variety of shapes and patterns with when used with Play Doh or modelling clay. There are two slicing wheels included, one of which has a smooth edge, and the other of which creates a crinkled line. Both are surprisingly sturdy little tools which move smoothly and can withstand a certain amount of pressure as well.
There's also a rolling pin, which also moves quite smoothly, but isn't as impressive as the other tools are where the quality is concerned. It's very light and hollow, and I can see this breaking in not too much time at all. It works for now though, and will probably last longer if it's used gently on thin quantities of Play Doh.
Finally there's a double-ended cutting tool with a plastic knife at one end. The knife is plenty sharp enough to cut through Play Doh with ease, whilst being blunt enough to not cause injury to youngsters. It's easy to grip, easy to use, and made of a sufficiently sturdy thickness to last a while.
For 97p you really can't grumble about this little add-on. I think it would have been nice to sell this for 50p more and included a little mould or two as well, but for the price I think what's included already is perfectly reasonable. The quality isn't going to win any awards, but it'll do for occasional use by one or two youngsters. Worth four stars I think.