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Get Prepared To Be Annoyed
on January 24, 2013
The Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Bakery Playset promises to allow kids to make delicious looking play-doh treats with frosting on them, but does it really live up to the expectations that it sets?
-The kit is easy to assemble. It does come in pieces but even my 8 year old daughter was able to put it together fairly easily.
-The accessories are fun. They have many different accessories, including a plate, knife, fork, and a serving knife.
-Excellent use of space. One thing that Play-Doh does well is to make the most of the space each toy has. With this kit they've put all sorts of different little molds all around the kit, including underneath storage areas. Nicely done Play-Doh!
-Play-Doh Plus - with this kit Play-Doh is focusing on their newest concoction: Play-Doh Plus! Play-Doh Plus is exactly like regular Play-Doh only it is much softer. When I first handled it I immediately thought of a soft sugar cookie dough, and my daughter agreed. It is, however, a bit stickier than regular Play-Doh.
-CLEAN UP! The clean up stinks! I know the clean up for almost any Play-Doh toy is annoying, but this one was particularly bad. The extruder was the most annoying to clean out - not only did you have to clean out the large plastic piece and the replaceable tip, you also had to clean out the plunger and because it's twisted inside we had to use a toothpick :(.
-It definitely doesn't work as advertised. The instructions tell you to place the treat you've made under the extruder and to press down. We did and yes, we got some Play-Doh out but in no way were we able to turn the little table to get the "frosting" on the outside of the cake. The only way we could do that was to take the extruder out and to manually do it.
-The extruder would be very hard for a young child to push down. My 8 year old had to struggle with it for a few minutes before being able to do it, so I have no idea how a 3 or 4 year old could do it!
While I loved the idea of this set, and my daughter was looking forward to playing with it, both of us walked away from our play time disappointed. Play-Doh needs to figure out how to make things that younger children can easily use and that can be cleaned up a LOT easier than this one was!!