10 Best Play-Doh Sets for Kids Reviewed in 2019
Play-doh is a classic medium for playtime. It is a soft dough that can be cut, smashed, twisted, molded, and so much more. When playing with play-doh the benefits are amazing and that’s why it is a timeless classic that you will find in many playrooms and classrooms across the world. Over the years play-doh has come up with a wide variety of themed playsets to go along with their product. The playsets range anywhere from a container full of cut out tools to a detailed dentist themed set of tools. Whatever your kids are interested in there is sure to be a set out there for them. We have created a list for the inspiration of the best play doh sets. These sets are great for the development of physical and emotional skills.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 19 hrs of research
5 containers of compound
- Kitchen Creations Sizzlin' Stovetop
- Fun Factory Deluxe 6 Tubs
- My Little Pony Make 'N Style
- Doctor Drill 'n Fill
- Max The Cement Mixer
- Burger Barbecue B5521
- Cake Party
- Crazy Cuts
- Buzzsaw Logging Truck
- Playful Pies Set
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Play-Doh Sets for Kids Reviewed
1. Kitchen Creations Sizzlin' Stovetop
5 containers of compound
Batteries not included
May not be big enough for multi-child play
For the little cooks in your life, this set brings the fun of stovetop kitchen to Play-Doh play sessions. The stovetop has two burners designed to be used with the included pans. As your kid “cooks” their creation the realistic sizzling sounds signal that the meal is ready. Also included in the set are the dishes and utensils needed to plate a meal.Read more
It’s a complete cooking adventure all in one set. Even though this set is small in size, it’s big on fun.
Ease of Use
Experts agree that children learn through play. That’s why it’s important to provide toys that allow real-life roleplaying. This toy accomplishes that while also including food molds that encourage healthy food choices.
We appreciate that Play-Doh sets are designed with features that are fun while still being a more open ended type of play. This set has a feature where the sizzling sound becomes more intense when a pan is placed on the burner. We think this exciting realistic effect will be a big hit with your kid.
2. Fun Factory Deluxe 6 Tubs
Open play-inspired Play-doh set
Set includes six cans of different colored Play-doh
Features more than 30 pieces including a fun factory press
Offers hours of open-ended play time
Promotes fine-motor-skill development
Fun Factory press is hard for little ones to press down on
Can be messy for kids under the age of 3 years old
Take Play-doh and add fun to make smiles and hours of endless entertainment. This set of Play-doh takes every kid and turns them into an explorer, a leader, and a creative creator. Inside the set, they will find six cans of different colors of Play-doh and then all the tools that they need to unleash their imaginations.Read more
Most Play-doh sets have a theme with tools that only go with that set, but what is great about these tools is they are completely inspiring to engage children in open-ended Play-doh play time. The set includes more than 30 different pieces and will not disappoint.
Ease of Use
Play-doh is a compound that was invented to allow kids to create with their hands. When creating with their hands or using the tools, they are working their fine-motor skills. Creating their masterpiece not only takes creative skill, but it works the muscles in the hands and fingers nurturing their dexterity.
Giving your children a product that lets them explore their creativity is always fun. It is amazing the things that they create and come up with. This set features lots of tools to help inspire and create their own works of art.
3. My Little Pony Make 'N Style
Encourages creative play
Useful tools included
Multiple styles of pony
A large amount of Play-Doh included
Doesn’t include instructions
Young children may require assistance
If your kid is a My Little Pony fan they’ll love this Play-Doh set. It takes pony play to a whole new level actually allowing kids to design their own ponies. The creations are made using the pony mold. Along with the mold, there are four bases. The bases all differ slightly in style.Read more
They allow your kid to choose whether their pony will have the wings of a pegasus or the horn of a unicorn. Once the shape is decided the mold is used to press the Play-Doh onto the base. From there you’re free to add elements using the included palette. When it’s time to give the pony a mane and tail, the 2-piece extruder makes it simple. This creative set is a fantastic choice for the pony fan in your life.
Ease of Use
This set was designed for fans of the pony franchise. Instead of a traditional figure that can be played with it encourages children to use their creativity. Kids start out with an idea of how they want their pony to look and when they realize they can achieve that goal, they gain self-confidence.
My Little Ponies are known for their pretty colors. All the ponies have multiple colors which is also possible to create in this set thanks to the 9 different Play-Doh containers included. The extra colors give fans the chance to truly experience pony creation.
4. Doctor Drill 'n Fill
Activities for hours of play
Realistic powered drill
Encourages dentist role play
Comes with small containers of Play-Doh
Drill battery compartment requires a small screwdriver to remove
Doctor Drill ‘n Fill is one of the classic Play-Doh sets that is still popular today. In fact, it’s so popular that it has been updated and re-released as this retro set. With this toy, your kid gets to play dentist as they care for the teeth belonging to the head.Read more
The play starts out with an empty head that your kid fills with Play-Doh teeth. Then they’re able to use the tools included making it possible for them to complete tasks like; toothbrushing, braces, and fillings. It’s no surprise to us that this set is still popular and we think it’d make a great choice for any Play-Doh loving kid.
Ease of Use
Play-Doh play has many benefits that we discuss throughout this list including allowing kids to strengthen their fine motor skills and encouraging imaginative play. One benefit that is specific to this set is that it provides a chance for kids to role-play the work a dentist does. It takes a topic that is relatively unknown to most kids and gives it a fun experience to relate it with.
One of the few battery powered accessories on this entire list belongs to this set. The drill is powered to vibrate as your kid uses it. We think this adds an extra element of realism that kids enjoy without taking away from the opportunity for more open ended play.
5. Max The Cement Mixer
Cement mixer themed play-doh set
Back of cement mixer features play-doh extruder with shape disc
Front of mixer features roller attachment for creating a smooth cut out roads
Set includes; cement mixer, jackhammer molder, shape disc, and five cans of play-doh
Provides children with an effective way to calm themselves
Cement mixer body features shape molds that are extremely hard to use
In the rear of mixer an open space allows kids to stick play-doh in, but very hard to get back out
Does your little one just love trucks and any with wheels, but you want to expand their play time with something new? Then this play-doh set is just for them. This play-doh set has a cement mixer theme. It allows the kids to turn their playtime into a construction site.Read more
The cement mixer turns into a shape maker. In the back of the truck, there is an extruder rail that allows kids to place the play-doh in and press the top of the mixer down then out will come to the shapes. In the front of the mixer kids will kids a roller attachment. This roller attachment is great for creating roads. It smooths out the surface and cuts the edges off to make a perfect road for all the other cars they have in their toy collection. Also included in the set is a stamper. The stamper looks like a jackhammer and can be used to smash out shaped rocks. Included in the set kids will get; the cement mixer, the jackhammer, the shaping roller, and 5 cans of colored play-doh. It is best intended for kids over the age of 3 years old. Turn your kitchen table into an active construction for your kids with this cement mixer play-doh set.
Ease of Use
When playing with play-doh sets kids often feel a sense of calmness. Even have a kid that is having a rough day? Then it is time to break out the play-doh. The sitting in one place and playing with doh through their hands and with tools has a calming effect that will provide them with a great way to process their emotions.
The construction zone theme of this play-doh set is perfect for those kids that are obsessed with things with wheels. It brings to wonderful play mediums together for a fun activity that is easy to use.
6. Burger Barbecue B5521
Many shaped molds
Comes with utensils
Encourages real-life role-playing
The extruder may be difficult for young kids
Only two plates included
As one of the food-related playsets of the list, this one is designed to allow your kid to pretend they’re in charge of the barbecue grill. It’s complete with everything they’ll need to create the foods you find at an outdoor meal from hot dogs to hamburgers and all the fixings. The entire set is battery free which makes it perfect for young kids to use independently.Read more
The grill operates as a press to create the shapes of patty, bun, and fixings. Since no cookout would be complete without french fries, there’s an extruder designed to make them. The extruder comes with a variety of shapes so your kid will have no shortage of chances to use their creativity.
Ease of Use
Like most sets, this one has a large variety of molds. This variety works as a great catalyst for creative play. Experts agree that the more we allow young children to have access to open-ended play the better for their brain development.
The width of the main component is only about 5 inches. This entire set plus cans of modeling compound can be fit into a small container. It makes a great alternative for families that are looking for play sets that can travel or for use in small spaces.
7. Cake Party
Cake creating and decorating inspired play-doh set
Features 3 special Confetti compound play-doh for decorating
Set includes 2 cans of original play-doh
Tools and decorating tools to create picture perfect cake creations
Boosts social interaction and play
Set includes a limited amount of original play-doh to create with
Cake decorating tool should be higher to create different types of cakes
Making a cake is always fun, but when you can create it from play-doh and no adult help is needed is awesome. This play-doh set allows kids to create stacks and stacks of cakes. It is easy for them to create the cakes with the set. It features a compound that is great to create Confetti with. The Confetti makes decorating the cakes fun and exciting.Read more
In the set kids will find five pre-shaped cutters, a tool for decorating, plates, forks, knives, a spatula, 3 cans of the Confetti play-doh compound, and 2 cans of the original play-doh. The decorating tool is fun to use. They place a cake below the tool and use the press to squeeze out the pretend frosting below. It helps create custom and professional looking designs that your kids will be proud of. Then when they have created the best cake, they can grab one of the plates to display the cake and share with friends and family. This cake baking and decorating inspired play-doh set is great for your little baker.
Ease of Use
Creating with play-doh is an activity that children can enjoy alone, but most often it is a great way to allow them to engage in social interaction. The playtime that is spent using and creating with the play-doh also allows children to engage and inspire each other creating a positive social experience that they will benefit from.
When you have a little baker that loves to get into the kitchen, but you don’t always have the time. This set is great for them to pretend bake and create with.
8. Crazy Cuts
Working kid-safe scissors
Book molds for additional styles
Six containers of Play-Doh included
Some assembly required
Takes extra cleaning after use
This set is one of the first designs ever released and it’s still popular. It uses three separate figures that sit on the chair for magical hair growth. Once the hair is grown, your kid can add accessories or cut it into a new style.Read more
There are additional molds for bows, hats, and more. Once they’re done with a hairstyle, the figure can be cleaned out and used again. The ability to “cut” hair is so intriguing for kids that your little one will enjoy playing salon.
Ease of Use
Play-Doh gives kids the chance to create with a sensory-stimulating medium. The set requires that children choose a hairstyle then use tools to create it. This gives them a great opportunity to practice problem-solving skills and build confidence.
We know that it’s important to remove any unnecessary frustrations for play to be fun. While other salon-themed sets require your child to push down for hair to grow, this one has a crank handle. It’s far easier to use and makes it possible for them to have fun on their own.
9. Buzzsaw Logging Truck
Logging themed play-doh set
Features buzzsaw that cuts and has two removable and interchangeable blades
Each blade has a different cutting pattern
Set features four cans of 3-ounce play doh
Increases hand eye coordination
Molds on the truck are hard to work with
Extending the arm of the buzzsaw makes the truck off balance
Move on over, the buzzsaw is coming through. This a logging themed play-doh set that features a logging truck with a pretend saw in the front. The kids can create pretend logs and trees and have the buzzsaw chop, slice, and roll over them.Read more
The buzzsaw features two removable and interchangeable blades that both have different patterns. On the body of the truck, there are molds that allow kids to make hard hats, axes, and much more fun playful shapes. Included with the set are four cans of play-doh. Each can is 3 ounces of the soft pliable dough. The set is wonderful for the little lumberjack inspired kid in your life.
Ease of Use
Using the buzzsaw and shape molders on the truck is a great way to increase hand-eye coordination. Using the variety of tools to mold, shape, and cut the play-doh improves the coordination between the hand and eyes. Like anything else the more you do it the better the skill set will become.
Neat theme, nice amount of play-doh, and fun patterns. This is a differently themed play-doh set that we are all not used to seeing. It is super fun to play with and the interactive blade on the buzzsaw is a great addition to the play-doh cutting tool set.
10. Playful Pies Set
Pie making themed play-doh set
Set includes everything kids need to make perfect pretend pies
Features 4 cans of play-doh
Included; a plate for pie, basket for fruit, and a set of five pie making tools
Enhances social development skill set
Fruit molds are large and present a challenge when making a small pie in the plate
Set includes a very limited amount of play doh
Pies, oh yummy Pies! Just when you thought playsets could get much sweeter the makers of play-doh released a pie making set. The set allows kids to dish up and serves their very own pies.Read more
The set includes; a plate for pie, a basket for fruit, and five play-doh tools with pie making a theme. Before you know it your little one will be opening their first pretend pie shop with this wonderful set. As you watch them roll out the dough to create the crust, use the molds to create the fruit filling, and then use the tool to create a creamed top you will know why they love it so much. It is a great set for those little ones that love getting their hands dirty in the kitchen.
Ease of Use
Children that play together with play-doh sets like this pie making kit are encouraged to interact socially. As they pretend to make pies they will talk, work through recipes, and design works of art. The skill used in this interaction is a wonderful way to enhance their social development skill set.
Great set for those little ones that are always wanting to help in the kitchen. It provides the tools, the medium, and display for them to create the most perfect pretend pies that they will just be so proud of.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Any parent who has guided Play-Doh play before knows that kids aren’t always great at understanding the need to clean small parts out of tools. The result is that colors can become mixed together and before long you’re left with a brown-colored compound. Another unfortunate result is that the dried pieces fall out of the toy when it’s brought out to be played with again and land on the ground. Overall, we don’t ever want to make a parent's job more difficult so we chose sets that are as easy to clean after each use as possible. The idea was that your kid could be shown how to check out the set for remaining compound before it’s put away. That way it allows kids a chance to be the boss of clean up with minimal frustration for everyone.
Ease of Use
As your kid begins to shape their creations, they’re executing hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and other skills. The list of positives for Play-Doh play is seemingly endless which is why it’s been a top choice of educators for decades. The sets on this list were chosen because they demonstrate an ability to use your child’s interest in a topic and bring it to creative activity. To help your child benefit from those brain-building moments, we encourage you to choose sets that match their personality and introduce some new topics as well.
Play-Doh as a company makes an effort to design each set to include the accessories they think are essential for the experience. We know that when played with at home kids are going to mix tools together. It’s our opinion that this is a good thing and should be encouraged. One of the reasons is that if for some reason the main part is lost or broken the tools can still be useful. Open-ended play sessions are fantastic for your child’s brain development so we chose sets that include tools that can be played with separately from the main piece.
Play-Doh is a great tool for creativity and for developing those fine motor skills. When working the doh and creating kids really learn to manipulate the doh their hands.
If cleaning up after playtime is getting to messy. Try only allowing the kids to work for large pieces of Play-Doh. It really cuts down on the mess.
Other Factors to Consider
The main goal of any Play-Doh play time is to spark your child’s own creativity. At the least, this can be accomplished with only the modeling compound and household items. The sets are just an extra tool for encouraging prolonged creative play. This kind of limitless play is a great way to strengthen the parts of the brain that help your child solve problems. It helps the brain make new connections that lead to the improved development of other skills. There are many benefits to creative play and that’s why you notice art is taught in school.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Doesn’t Play-Doh end up in tiny pieces that are tough to clean up?
Sometimes. We suggest having kids play in an area that’s easy to clean. They can also use pieces of Play-Doh to pick up the smaller pieces when cleaning up.
q: How do I clean the components of a playset?
Remove as much as you can after each play session. Then use water to clean any remaining out of places that are tough to reach.
q: If I lose a piece to a set can I order it separately?
nfortunately not. Though we’ve found that many kids end up mixing accessories together from different playsets and enjoying them together.
q: How can I preserve a Play-Doh creation permanently?
You could allow it to dry but this might result in cracking. Instead, we suggest taking a picture so that you can treasure your child’s creation forever.
q: Is Play-Doh safe for all kids to play with?
It does not contain nuts or milk by-products but does include wheat as part of its recipe. The vast majority of kids aren’t so allergic to wheat that they’d have a reaction to touching it. If you’re concerned about your child we’d recommend asking their doctor.
q: Is Play-Doh really edible?
It’s non-toxic so won’t hurt your child if they DO eat some. Keep in mind though that it’s not meant to be eaten so that should be discouraged.
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