Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reviewing Play-Doh Disney Royal Palace

Make A Palace For The Disney Princesses With Play-Doh

I have been looking for some items to get for my youngest grand-daughter for Christmas and since she loves to play with play-doh I thought the Royal Palace set would be just the right choice for this year. She loves the royal girls from Disney, so this seems to be a perfect choice, but is it?

The Play-Doh Royal Palace looks like so much fun with the different molds that can be used. There are two dolls included in the set, Princess Ariel and Cinderella. Their dresses can be decorated with the neat colors of play-doh included in the set or you can pull out other colors from your toy chest. I love the sparkle dough of green and turquoise that are included!

Rapunzel's tower can create long strands of hair that can be used for other decorations if you choose or just leave it hanging from the tower for a neat look.

At first glance of the box and seeing everything that comes with it, I am inclined to think that my little munchkin will love this set. She has been playing with play-doh for a couple of years now and still refers to it as "my may-doh" which I think is adorable. Even though it is suggested for 3 years old and up and she is now 4, I have to wonder if it might be frustrating for her to play with. She has reached an age where it matters to her if the creations she works on are not just like the picture shows. I watched a video showcasing this set and I am waffling on my choice of this particular set.



After having watched the adult struggle with getting the dress molds to stick and making some of the accessories, this may be too difficult for a 4 year old little girl to play with. Now, the good thing about the video is that the adult does show how to correct some of the easily made mistakes in order to get the molds to work so it was beneficial to watch. It would help me or my daughter to help our little one to learn how to create the different pieces from the molds. 

The set is just so cute and I know she will love the idea of making dresses for the two Disney Princesses, I just don't want her to be disappointed or frustrated when she begins to work with the molds and play-doh. What I am thinking is that it might not be a bad idea to get this as a gift, knowing that this is one that will require some adult attention for a while. It would be a good challenge for her and will help strengthen her dexterity and work with her fine motor skills. 

So, my conclusion is that I will probably purchase the Play-Doh Royal Palace for her and make sure that either myself or my daughter sit down to play with her when she opens the box the first time. When it comes to toys like this, it is a good idea to really look it over and make sure that it is going to be something that a child will have fun with. I think we have to be realistic in our expectations and understand that the examples on the box are always going to look much better than anything our children will be able to accomplish or even ourselves for that matter. Will they be disappointed? Will they get frustrated to the point that they will not play with it? It might not be a good choice if you feel that they will experience either one or both of these emotions. Then again, if you look at it as a challenging way to play, a learning experience and a way to encourage the child to try new things and practice so that they get better; it could be a wise choice after all. 




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6 comments:

  1. Excellent review! How easy it is to just see the pictures and smiling faces on a box and pop said box into your shopping cart. You're a smart gramma to consider the frustration level of a toy before purchasing for your precious granddaughters. Wow, Play-Doh has come a long way since I was a little girl!

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  2. No matter what, Play Doh is brilliant. I would get it!

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  3. It looks like a really neat Play-Doh set and would indeed be quite the temptation. I watched the video and I can easily see your concerns. I, myself, had another concern. Once I got the dolls dressed, I wouldn't want to ever take them apart and would be greatly distressed if they got messed up. Like you, I love the creative side of this set, but I also share your concerns about difficulty. Still, I would probably give it a try and then put them in a protective display case.

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    1. Yes, that would be me...once I got a pretty outfit on one of those dolls, I would never want it disturbed! To wipe it all off and start over again would make me nauseous.

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  4. Play Doh has always been such fun for kids (and adults too). I didn't know they now made 'themed' Play-Doh sets. Your review is excellent, thinking through any problems and frustrations a 4-year-old might encounter. Looks like a fun toy mommy (or grandma) and little one could have fun with together.

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  5. Love Play-doh...the sets I have had in my eBay store lately are rated 3 years old and up. A review like yours will prove invaluable or those considering buying a set for the children in their life. It'd be a great idea to come back after and let readers know how it worked out with your 4 year old granddaughter.

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