Reviewed by Karen
Play-Doh as a gift is a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. For me I’ve had to embrace the love as my middle child adores Play-Doh and will ask to get it out on numerous occasions. When I was asked to review the Play-Doh Drizzly Ice Cream Machine from the Kitchen Creations range at Play-Doh I jumped at the chance. I knew she’d be excited when it arrived, and it give me chance to really test out the product whilst doing something I know she loves.
The Play-Doh Drizzly Ice Cream Machine arrived quickly, and it was packaged in a simple cardboard box which can easily be recycled. Although the box obviously received some rough treatment during its journey the product itself was in per effect condition. Included in the Play-Doh Drizzly Ice Cream Machine are 6 different coloured Play-Doh’s, 3 ice cream cones, 2 bowls, 2 drizzly sauces along with spoons and cards to give you ideas to try out. The cards give you 4 different creations to make with simple step by step instructions. We tried these out first just to get used to what we were doing before I let my daughter lose to make her own creations.
It is simple to use and easy to set up. We were up and running in a couple of minutes and my daughter had great fun trying out all her ideas. You simply start by filling the ice cream maker with the Play-Doh colour/s of your choice and using the handle you push the Play-Doh out into the cones or bowls. There are 31 different shapes around the ice cream maker that you can use to make shapes to go on top of your ice cream as well as a plunger that makes sprinkles out of Play-Doh too. The drizzle sauce is fun for the children but can come out quickly and does stain, so I’ve kept it separate and away from the set for now. Luckily it doesn’t set instantly so it’s great for adding some extra treats to your creations whilst it dries.
I think this would make a wonderful gift for any young child as it is brilliant for their imagination to create their own designs and work on younger children’s hand eye co-ordination through play. However, I do think it comes with a couple of downsides. Once built it doesn’t come apart, despite reading that you can take it apart I am yet to work it out. I may be being too gentle with it, but I also don’t want to break it as it’s only made from plastic so a think a heavy hand could break it easily. Secondly, the drizzle sauce is a great idea but isn’t very practical. It comes out quite quickly so an excited youngster could easily use up most of the drizzle within the first few times they play with it.
All in all it’s been a great addition to the toys in our house and I’m sure my daughter will get plenty of use out of it. Having had the chance to review it I would be recommending it to my friends and buying it as a gift but pre warning the parents about the drizzle sauce!
This product can be purchased from Smyths Toys here.