Play Doh Mega Fun Factory
“The Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory is perfect for children who might be a little young to make their own models, and it’s a good way to get more fun out of your modelling sessions.”
Buy it online: Toys R Us
Initial Thoughts: It has to be said, I am a bad mother and I don’t do enough to encourage Flea’s crafty talents. I’m liable to think the whole business is just a bit messy, and when we opened the Play-Doh mega fun factory I did imagine myself spending hours picking bits of play-doh out of tiny crevices in plastic parts. Flea, however, had no such reservations – she thought the bright, colourful conveyor belt , which is powered by batteries, looked like amazing fun. The basic idea is that kids load play-doh into one end of the conveyor, it whizzes through a series of cutters and moulds, and at the other end cute little models made of play-doh pop out.
We liked: The Play-doh mega fun factory comes complete with a range of accessories including two cutters, two wheels of shapes to mould, and six tubs of play-doh. There are a nice range of shapes that children can make, and it’s easy enough to get the hang of – Flea was able to play with this independently, and she thought the battery-powered belt was amazing.
We weren’t keen: Our biggest problem with this product is that the models we made didn’t look anything like the ones on the box, which Flea found quite frustrating. And there’s a tiny part of me that’s old-fashioned and wonders why Play-doh has to be all, you know, modern and battery-operated.
Overall: The Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory is a lovely rainy day toy with lots of play possibilities, and it does add an extra dimension having the conveyor belt and wheels to help you mould the little shapes. Although I was concerned the play-doh mega fun factory would be hard to clean, it’s really not, and I liked that you can store the play-doh in the machine ready for next time. A great option for children who might be a little young to make their own detailed shapes.
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