1960 must have been a great year for creating new marketable concepts. This year sees the 50th anniversaries of such iconic brands as Fairy Liquid, Coronation Street, Playboy Clubs, Doc Martens and ... Play-Doh.A little while ago, I hosted a giveaway where three of my lucky blog-readers managed to bag themselves a funky special edition Play-Doh set. Well, I was also lucky enough to get one myself so that I could review it so the kids have been busy testing it out. I've been joining in too and it really took me back to my youth.
It's a really simple concept - you feed in the Play-Doh and extrude (as Play-Doh like to say !) a long squishy rope shaped in whichever form you have chosen. You have eight different shapes to choose from - triangle, flower, bat, number 3, cross, three flat strips for "tagliatelle", tiny holes for "spaghetti" and a ridged edge (so it comes out looking like strawberry bootlaces !). You can use the little plastic knife (totally childsafe, it'll cut Play-Doh but nothing else so no worries for little fingers !) to chop the strips into smaller segments, then mash it all up and start all over again ... and again and again ! (Oops, I'm starting to sound like a Teletubby !)
You get two little pots of Play-Doh in the kit to get you started, but if you have toddlers in the house, you're bound to have various other pots lying around that you can add in to the mix too. I must admit, I haven't used actual Play-Doh for a while, having been led astray by the cheaper pound shop brands, and I must admit, it is much softer and squishier and doesn't dry out. Not to mention the smell which is unique and took me right back to my childhood within seconds.
They've thought about the mums too - all the Play-Doh accessories can be stashed away inside the Fun Factory so tidying up is quick and easy and you won't spend ages desperately looking for the shape cutters and pots of Play-Doh when your kids decide they want to play. Just don't let them walk it in the carpet !
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £7.99
for more information : http://www.hasbro.com/playdoh/en_GB/ (You can even get some cool new ideas of things to make with Play-Doh on there)