There’s good old Play-Doh, and then there’s Play-Doh packaged with your favorite Disney characters. My three year old has a stash of about 30 cans of Play-Doh that she spends hours playing with each week, so she’s already a fan of the squishy stuff. But, holy smokes, she went completely ape when she saw this Doc McStuffins Play-Doh set.
It retails for less than $10 wherever Play-Doh is sold, which makes it a great gift for a preschool holiday toy exchange. While Doc McStuffins is a young girl and the overall color scheme of the plastic pieces and the dough itself is slightly feminine, anyone who enjoys the Doc McStuffins show (girl or boy) would enjoy this kit. One of the reasons we like watching the Doc McStuffins show is that she’s a smart, resourceful kid who happens to be a girl. Her gender isn’t a heavy focus of the show. And like the universal appeal of Play-Doh itself, Doc McStuffin’s neutrality is refreshing in a sea of gender-polarized cartoons and toys. So, bottom line: if you need to buy a gender-neutral gift for a holiday gift exchange for children ages 3-5, this is a winner.
This set includes three small tubs of Play-Doh in pink, purple and blue. It also includes a stethoscope with bandage and heart-shaped stampers on the end, a syringe that pushes out a strip of Play-Doh when plunged, a Big Book of Boo-Boos that creates three 3-D characters when pressed together, and independent stampers shaped like Lambie, Stuffy and Doc.
My favorite piece of the set is the Book of Boo-Boos press. You stick blobs of dough inside, then press the book firmly shut to create little three-dimensional characters of Hally, Chilly and a crayon.
We’re not exactly sure what the strip of Play-Doh that squirts out of the syringe is supposed to be, so we’re calling them “bandages,” but man, is it fun to plunge dough through it. We’ve made a wholelotta bandages in the last few days.
A note about the stethoscope: while it looks almost big enough to wear in the ears, it’s not. It’s made of a hard, inflexible plastic and is just slightly too small to fit on a preschooler’s head comfortably. This was a little bit of a disappointment, but we discovered it fits nicely on our American Girl doll’s head just fine.
All in all, this Doc McStuffins Play-Doh set is a gift that offers plenty of fun and character appeal for preschoolers for the less than $10 price.
Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.