Every time someone is cooking in the kitchen, my son has been trying to ‘cook’ too. A Masterchef in the making, I can only hope. While I wholly agree to the idea of him learning to cook, letting him near a hot stove at his age is something else altogether. So, his father did the next best thing. He got him a Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set.
Ever since we bought him the Peipeile Dough Fastfood Center, he has been asking for ice cream, strawberries, cars, fire trucks, robots, etc. made out of dough. So, since we wanted to check out and compare the quality of the different brands of modeling items, purchasing the Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set seems to be the ideal solution.
Yes, it is more expensive. The quality and design of the items seem better though.
The Play-Doh Meal Makin’ Kitchen set contains:
- 4 pots of bright colorful dough (white, green, yellow, brown)
- 1 stove with oven machine (with turnable knobs and an oven door which can be opened)
- 1 garlic press extruder (creates ‘bacon’, ‘string beans’, ‘toppings’, etc.)
- 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 frying pan ladle
- 1 frying pan (which my son loves very much)
- 1 cookie tray
- 1 round plate
- 1 pizza cutter
- 1 toaster extruder
- 1 drumstick and steak mold (interesting but a bit big for a 2 mold-item)
- 1 prep area ‘table top’ (one side contains food stamps)
- 1 prep area back (also acts as legs for the ‘table’)
- 1 rolling pin (also acts as one of the legs of the ‘table’)
- 1 hook railing (the cooking utensils can be stored/hung on the 3 hooks)
- 1 ruler
- 10 recipe cards (4 already cut out and 6 on the box)
As with any traditional kitchen, the stove or oven will be one of the main items. It looks realistic enough with knobs that turn and a stove top. The oven door can be opened and closed. The space inside the oven is quite spacious. The cookie tray or the drumstick mold could fit inside. On the back, the utensils or pan could be hung on the hooks.
The prep area ‘table top’ has to be connected and supported by the oven, prep area back and rolling pin. I feel the design could be improved though as it is ‘flimsy’. ‘Flimsy’ in the sense that the table only stays upright if you don’t move or touch the things supporting it. On a positive note, the other side of the table top are some food molds/stamps. Skill is needed to peel the food items out. As the Play-Doh dough is quite soft, care has to be given to peel it off the mold without disfiguring it. You can get better result if dough is not as soft.
The garlic press extruder has rounded handles which makes pressing it easier. Only 1 ruler is given so only limited items like bacon and spaghetti could be extruded. Simply insert the ruler and place the desired design at the “mouth”, pull up the handle, put in some dough and press the handles. Then simply serve or cook the ‘bacon’ in the frying pan with a ladle.
The toaster extruder is a neat idea. Place some dough in the toaster, press down and you will see two toasts ‘pop’ out. My little one loves this a lot, probably because he can relate when we have toasted bread for breakfast. He simply loves to see the bread ‘pop’ out magically.
This meal making set also comes with a drumstick and steak mold. Place 2 lumps of dough in the mold, enough to cover both sides of the mold appropriately and then press firmly. Cut off the excess and voila! Fresh drumstick and steak to go. What I don’t like about the mold is that it is a bit too big for my liking. And nothing else can be done with the mold.
The pizza cutter is fun for children too. Make some pizzas, let your child cut a slice or two and serve it on the plate given. The other tools like cookie tray, utensils, rolling pin, etc. are all in attractive colors which really appeal to children. The handles of the fork, spoon, knife, pizza cutter are rounded and suitable for the little ones’ hands.
By looking at the pictures on the box, we can already create many items like eggs and sausages, spaghetti and bacon, hotdogs, etc. Included in the set are 10 recipe cards with graphic step-by-step instructions for children. You can even visit Play-Doh.com for more fresh ideas! As for the rest, encourage your little one to use his/her creativity and imagination. The sky is the limit!
The Play-Doh dough was softer than Peipeile dough though doesn’t smell as nice. As with any dough, remember to put the leftover dough back in its container to keep it soft as leaving the dough out in the air hardens it. To soften it again, just add a bit of water.
The colors are also bright and attractive. Different colored dough can be mixed to create a new color, e.g. white and red produce pink dough. However, since only 4 colors were given, you would have to buy more tubs of different colored dough.
The dough is not sticky that it sticks to the items. It is very easy to clean up. When used properly, it mixes well, roll well, stretches and does not break easily. Texture is silkier. Some may like how it feels.
It is stated that the dough is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-allergenic except children who are allergic to wheat gluten may have an allergic reaction to it.
What We Like About It
- High quality and realistic toys for children of all ages
- Made using safe materials (except to children who are allergic to wheat gluten)
- Tested for quality and durability
- Extruder tools extrude and mold many cool designs and shapes
- Soft malleable dough
- Encourage creativity and enrich imagination
- Great for playing together
- Fun accessories
- Provide recipe cards for children
What We Don’t Like About It
- Young toddlers may need help to peel out the dough from certain molds
- Flimsy table
As the dough tends to harden over time and some may be mixed up too much that they become an unrecognizable color, some mommies may want to save money by making their own dough as shown here.
In conclusion, yes it is more pricey. But the look of joy and having your little one serve you ‘breakfast’ in bed: priceless!