Play Tested Review
Sizzling sound effects add a fun touch of realism to this food-making Play-Doh set.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I like making dinner for mamma with the Play-Doh. You push it into the thing to make the shapes like broccoli. I don't like that it's broken. [The sizzle feature didn't work.]
I want to play it every day! I like the shapes [the forms].
WHAT ADULTS THINK
The toy did not work right out of the package, even with brand new batteries. Ignoring the fact that we had no sizzle sounds, we still attempted to play with it as a kitchen set and make all of the food as pictured on the cover of the box. I managed to keep my son's (3) attention making the food shapes for a little bit while we played at making dinner, but he found it difficult to make them. He had trouble making two tone food, other than that the age range is appropriate. His were not turning out the same as mine or the pictures, and he was getting frustrated. Eventually he was just like; 'you do it.' Afterwards, he was just more interested in mixing every colour together and making balls and blobs, like sensory play. Didn't work. Bulky, plastic toy that serves only one purpose, and is otherwise junk.
My son (3.5) has really loved playing with this toy. He was so excited to use it that he wanted to skip our family visit to the Science Centre. Later, after he had played with it for over two hours, he was so disappointed that it was time to clean up that he cried. He was amazingly creative with it, making different types of food and serving us plates of interesting meals. He was glad to have so many colours of Play Doh and became mildly upset with me when I tried to make a carrot in the "wrong" colour. He has a play kitchen that he enjoys spending time in, so he has experience making "food" and serving it to us. The Play Doh--where you have to actually create the food items themselves--adds another dimension to it. I like that this toy seems to be fairly self-contained. We don't have other Play Doh toys, but we don't need anything extra. The box comes with the Play Doh, the "stove" and pans, and the shapes to create food. There's even a roller included. We just opened everything up and got started. The colours are bright and enticing, and it's definitely fun to use. It's neat that some of the food shapes are actually built in to the stove itself (fewer pieces to lose). My son (3.5) had a bit of a hard time using the forms. He understood how they were supposed to work, but it was challenging for him. I imagine that in another year or so, that wouldn't necessarily be the case. I spent a lot of time creating the food for him and then letting him play with the food I created. My son used the toy every day for nearly two weeks. Then he used it just a few times a week. It wasn't that he wasn't interested, but we also have a toy kitchen that he uses regularly. I think it was just that the newness wore off a bit. He loves to do pretend play with food (probably because I spend a lot of time in the kitchen!). He loves to create meals and serve them. And he also loves to play with play-doh. So this toy was an opportunity to do both. The toy stood up to repeated use very well. We did lose some of the play-doh over time, but that's normal.
With Play-Doh Kitchen Creations, the best ingredient of all is imagination! Now kids can feel like junior chefs with their very own Play-Doh stovetop set that really makes sizzling sounds as they pretend to cook. Hear the sizzle start up as soon as the skillet or saucepan are placed on the burners. The sizzle gets even more intense when a Play-Doh creation is placed on one of the pans, almost like real cooking! And what's on the make-believe menu? Stamp Play-Doh entrees including silly steak, imaginary eggs, crazy burgers, and even a funny fish with the 4 stampers. Create side dishes like pretend veggies with the half-molds. Grab and flip Play-Doh foods with the tongs and spatula, and show them off with the plates. It's the fun of cooking without the heat and dirty dishes! Requires 3 AA batteries. Not included. Notice to parents: Contains wheat. Nontoxic; compound not intended to be eaten.
5 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound
Cook up some Play-Doh fun with real sizzlin' sounds
Place the skillet or saucepan on the stove to start a low sizzle
Toss a Play-Doh meal on the skillet or pan to crank it up to high sizzle
Includes 4 stampers to shape imaginary entrees
Plenty of Play-Doh colors for some side dishes, too