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I was lucky to find this Play Doh set on offer on Amazon for £10 and free super saver delivery which I thought was a bargain as the RRP for this is around £25. I stocked up and bought five sets for my mini family members and friends children.
The first time i played with this was last week when I gave one of the sets to a four year old boy for his birthday (the sets are recommended for children aged 3+). He was very excited to receive it as he had previously played with a friends so he told me. We promptly unpacked it and I assembled it very easily in less than a minute.
Within the set there are four little tubs of Play Doh, blue, pink, yellow and white. You put manageable sized pieces (sausage shaped) in the top funnel of the machine and hand wind it to process the Play Doh through the contraption. This winding action pushes the Play Doh through and chops it into small balls about penny sized. The marbling effect if you mix the colours looks lovely and very attractive. You then take these balls and press them into molds that are supplied with the kit and it makes them look like sweets. You can also make lolly pop shapes etc and with the marbling this looks really effective.
One little concern I had was that the children may think that they can eat these 'sweets' but I didn't have to explain at all to this little boy, he understood it was all just 'pretend'. He really enjoyed experimenting with the colours, winding the machine and making all the different types of sweets. He then went round the room offering them to the family who accepted gratefully!
We played with this set for a good hour and because there are a few different designs to make this kept us occupied. At one point there were three generations of us all playing with it! It's nice because people can get involved.
Some of the reviews on Amazon concerned me as some people have found the toy breaks after a few goes but so far so good, I can see why it could break though if you are too rough with it or if you put too much Play Doh into it so it gets jammed. There is a little access compartment at the back to dig out any Play Doh that gets a little stuck so this is a good feature.
Overall I feel this was £10 well spent, especially as it's quite a big box so postage on the item wouldn't have been cheap (if it wasn't free). If you are thinking of buying this I'd add it to your basket and wait until the price drops to an amount you'd be happy to pay as I have seen the price on this item fluctuate between £20-£10.
A nice interactive toy that can get everyone involved, recommended for children over 3 years old as the littler ones may not realise they are 'pretend' sweets.
I'll award this toy four Dooyoo stars, one star knocked off due to reviews of it breaking quickly but we are yet to experience this (fingers crossed!). Thank you for reading
To be able to produce the balls from the cyclone, you need to roll the play-doh into a worm shape and then place into the top of the toy. Then all you need to do is to turn the handle (which is very easy for my 3 year old to do herself) and then the balls fall down into the toy in a spiral direction and come out of the bottom.
Once the balls have been produced, you can then make sweets by using the provided stampers or you can make a long sausage shape by using the provided syringe.
This toy is very easy to assemble and surprisingly easy to clean (when I compare it to the many other play-doh products we have!) To clean the toy, the panel at the back can open easily and you can access any pesky play-doh that lurks inside.
The cyclone does not do much else other than produce lots of balls that you can form other shapes with by using the stamps but my Daughter loves watching all the balls roll down inside, forming a cyclone pattern.
I have to say that it is one of the better play-doh products that are available to purchase.
I shall start with me and a bit about my loathing of play doh. I am not usually a fan of play doh, I have cringed in the past when my kids have been bought play doh set by other people as the mess it causes is a nightmare it ends up everywhere and trodden into carpets and its difficult to get out. My second issues is that it all turns into a ugly brown mess when the colours get stuck together. However my six year old saw the advert for this Candy Cyclone playset and begged for it. The advert of course makes the Candy Cyclone playset look amazing with the bright colours and funny voices of the play doh men my kids were drawn in and had to have this. Cue huge amounts of pesting from both my boys about how much they want this. As it was on special offer on Amazon at a mere £9.99 and them having there own christmas money to spend I caved in and ordered it for them.
I thought they may be a slightly disappointed as toys are rarely as good as they look on tv. I was also dreading the assemble of this product as it mentioned adult assemble required and I hate setting up toys. Dispite my fears it was very easy to put together. You simply click a few peices into place and it is ready for action. I had bought them extra play doh tubs so they had plently to play with. It is very easy for a child to use. I demonstrated how it worked to my kids and they were able to do it all for themselves. Even my 3 year old had no problems getting to grips with this set. First to make the dough balls you need to roll out a peice of play doh into a log shape. If you want plain balls use one colour, if you want your balls to different colours mix two or more colours together. Then you pop the log into the top of the candy cyclone machine and turn the handle, after a few turns the balls will start to come out of the bottom. Once you have created the balls you can place the balls into the stamper which makes various shaped sweets or put them in to what looks like a syringe and squeeze out a long thin piece that can be wrapped around the lolly pop handle to make colourful lolly pops. Making lolly pops is the most difficult part as the playdoh does tend to crack sometimes when been wrapped around. Making the candy balls is lots of fun, they look great rolling out of the machine. My son's aged 3 and 6 played for hours with this when they got it. It has become a favourite toy.
It is worth noting that the colours do soon become a green/brown mess as you would expect when mixing them together over and over again but I just told the kids they were making chocolate and they were happy. I believe this is a clever ploy of the manufactors to get you to intentional mix the colours together so you end up buying more playdoh. Currently Argos sell 20 tubs for £9.99 and its also in the two for £15 offer so you could get 40 tubs for £15 so might be worth taking advantage of this great offer and stocking up. The machine is actually really easy to clean. The back panel comes open so you can clean away any play doh stuck inside. I have discover play doh is a still as difficult as ever to remove from carpets but supervising the kids closely when playing could prevent this happening.
I am glad I gave play doh a second chance as this is a great set which has provided my kids with hours and hours of fun.
The Candy Cyclone playset has all the tools you need to make pretend gumballs, candies, lollipops and more.