“ Brand: Hasbro / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Clay „
We purchased this for Lauren when she was about two and a half years old, it was the first Play Doh set she had, and we have never looked back, we now have so many different sets and colours, we have to store them in a large box.
I don't know who was more excited when we opened it, me or her, I was a big fan when I was younger and as soon as I opened the tub the sweet aroma brought it all back to me, those hours of endless fun
The set includes 3 sized tubs of Doh, there is moldings on the bridge, an Upsy Daisy bed mold. This part was Lauren's favourite, you simply open the bed up, put the Play Doh in the middle and the squeeze it shut. The downside to the other moldings that although its suitable for three years plus, if was quite tricky for her to manipulate the Play Doh into them, I even struggled.
Although by the time Lauren was 3, she became less interested in In The Night Garden, we still regularly used the Upsy Daisy mold and end up with about 10 of these
There are cheaper versions of Play Doh available, but I have found that the quality is no where near as good and it cracks easily.
The RRP is around £15 however I managed to buy mine in the January sales for half this price.
There are loads of accessories and different colours of Doh now available, when I was little, I was very much a case of molds and primary colours, now there is every shade you can think of and accessories range from molds, cutting equipment, ice cream shops etc.
You can buy additional tubs at around £1 each which is quite steep but I have found that this is on special offer quite a lot so there are bargains to be had.
Would I recommend, yes, but I think the theme is aimed more at younger children yet the product isn't suitable for under threes.
My daughter received this as a gift last Christmas, when she was 2.5 years old. This was the first play Doh set she had, and she had only played with Play Doh a few times before. It was a great set to start with, especially as she loves In The Night Garden.
The set is made up of the flat green base, to which you attach the bridge and bandstand with clips. The bridge has a mould of the Ninky Nonk across it, and the bandstand is in two pieces. You put the Play Doh in, and push it down.
There are two pieces that then clip on, one Iggle Piggle and one Makka Pakka. These pieces form the top half of the moulds, which when filled with play Doh make the characters. There is an Upsy Daisy bed, which is a separate piece, it opens up to make an Upsy Daisy mould.
There are then moulds of the Tombliboo's, Pinky Ponk, a flower and a few other things. These moulds are inset into the green base. There were three small pots of Play Doh included in the set, which is not a great amount.
My daughter is now 3.5 and has played with this regularly over the year. There have been weeks where it has been used daily, and my son who has just turned 2 years has played with it for the last 6 months. They enjoy this toy, though they do need some help with making the character moulds. We have not used the background card, as it didn't really add much to the playing.
Overall this set has been great, it has withstood two toddlers using it and there is no damage at all to it. We now have two more Play Doh sets, so this one has been put away for a few months. I expect that when it comes out again, there will be renewed excitement and play.
I spotted this in Boots Christmas gift selection and chose it to give to my twins for their birthday and since Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on I found other gifts in there too.
This particular set is £13 which surprised me at first, most Play Doh items are cheap and £13 is comparatively terribly expensive but my twins do love play dough and In The Night Garden so it seemed like a winning combination.
So, a few days after their birthday we finally found time to open the box and explore the contents, much to my girls desperate excitement.
Initially there is a flat 'island' of plastic into which you fit the bridge, the bush and the merry go round so the toy becomes entirely 3D and much more visually interesting.
In separate parts you find one large and two small tubs of Play Doh, each relating to the three main characters, bright pink for Upsy Daisy, light blue for Iggle Piggle and beige for Macca Pacca (how it pains me to write those names).
There is also a glossy cardboard back card with the Haa Hoos as back drop which slots into tiny grooves at the back of the base.
Upsy Daisys bed is a separate piece too and there the first of the really clever parts unfold.
The bed opens up on a hinge and inside is a mould of Upsy Daisy. If you press your Play Doh into the mould and press it closed it creates a perfect figure of Upsy Daisy with fine details such as face and hair and patterns on her clothing. However, it needs a very firm press to shed off the excess and cut out the shape properly.
At the back of the island is Iggle Piggles red blanket, hinged to the plastic base and features the mould for Iggle Piggle hidden beneath it, again needing a good hard squeeze to create the shape without extra pieces of dough around all the edges.
Under the bridge runs the path to Macca Paccas house where you find his mould and on the flat surface there are single sided moulds for various vehicles and characters, notably the Tombliboos which presses out in good shape but only one sided which I thought was a shame.
The bridge features a single sided mould of the Ninky Nonk (or is it the Pinky Ponk, the train one... the Ninky Nonk I think) but because of the bridge rails it is terribly difficult to pull the dough out of the shape in one piece and without spoiling it.
My daughters fared no better and I felt it was quite disappointing that one of their favourite shapes was therefore quite useless in the grand scheme of things.
The merry go round, upon which all the characters sing and dance at the end of each episode is another disappointment, the exterior is a hollow tube with figures cut out of the plastic sides and the idea is that you press the top of the roof down which in turn presses the dough out. By turning the top you should achieve cut out figures through the sides but I feel it was woefully badly designed. As you press the dough down it ceases to meet the height of the figure so the creation emerges minus a head as you press ever further down.
Even with success it is complex for my children at age 3, afficionados of playdough as I like to make my own.
My kids really loved the whole set, even with faults. We put the back drop back in the box because it got in the way when pressing out Iggle Piggle from his mould but otherwise found the set kept their attention for over an hour. Which, as many people will know, is practically impossible for a 3 year old.
The plastic is quite robust and will withstand plenty of toddler use and twin arguments too I think. A toy with some few years of use I would estimate.
When I put it away I found the clip in elements more difficult to remove and decided to leave them in place rather than break the clips, so, if doesn't fit back in the box. For me that's not a problem, we have lots of playdough kit and it will just join all ours but for some this could be slightly tedious. A small sacrifice though considering the attention it received.
Therefore, I would say, though the toy has its faults it is still worth buying. Though I wouldn't buy it at full price, I'm really glad I got my 3 for 2 offer at Boots.
Set features moulds of all the key characters and vehicles, and a scenic backdrop.