Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Soft Stuff: great accessories, shame about the dough
ELC Soft Stuff
Member Name: bacupbaba
ELC Soft Stuff
Advantages: plenty of accessories, cheap
Disadvantages: dough isn't long lasting
We bought a few different packs of this at Christmas for our 2 year old.
You can buy sets with tools and dough included, boxes of tools, or packs of dough on their own.
The bumper activity jar which comes with a variety of different tools including moulds, rolling pin, pattern rollers, 'knife', extruder with a variety of shapes, cutters etc. We also bought the hairdresser kit with growing hair, scissors, hairdryer and other tools. Both sets came with dough.
The dough comes in a good range of colours. The big negative about soft stuff is that dough in most of the sets comes in plastic tear off packaging, so there is nowhere to store it when you've finished playing with it. It also seems to dry out more quickly than other brands of dough that we have used. You can buy packs of 4 tubs of dough, so I would recommend this first for storage, then using the other packs of dough as refills. I've also since bought the bargain dough bucket which comes with 15 packs of dough, which I thought was decent value.
There is a great range of tools and cutters available separately, from plastic shape cutters to wooden tools and stampers, to more complicated toys for slightly older children. The tools that came in the sets we bought are fantastic, and have kept my daughter amused for hours. Some are a little too difficult for her to use alone at present, but this should mean the set lasts for a couple more years without her getting bored. The only fault I've found tool-wise is that the interchangeable end of the roller comes out easily, especially when being operated by a 2 year old!
All in all, the dough lets the tools down.
Summary: credible cheap alternative to major brand