The playset comes in several pieces but the included instructions make easy work of assembly. The picture illustrations make it easy to figure out where everything goes, you might just need to use a little muscle to click everything in place. When you are finished setting up you have medium sized playset with several interaction points and lots of the stencil/punch outs for making various sweet-themed treats. Also included in this kit are 2 cans of regular Play-Doh and 3 cans of Play-Doh plus which provides a slightly smoother more pliable clay for a more realistic ice cream look. Also included are adorable mini ice cream cones and two mini ice cream sundae bowls.
The Playtime Experience
The Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset makes it easy to make adorable ice cream creations. The mini cones and mini sundae bowls are adorable and I was smitten with them right away. The main unit is the “twist” ice cream maker. To make the perfect ice cream you use the small form to add to colors of Play-Doh Plus. Once the form is added into the ice cream maker, simply press the handle and the cone or sundae bowl will begin to spin on the platform to create the perfect twist ice cream look. I did have to guide the Play-Doh a little because the cones and bowls are so small the Play-Doh doesn’t like to fill them without a little guidance.
Once the Ice cream is made and twisted, you can remove your cone or bowl and add the garnishes. There is a sprinkle maker and then all the punch-outs all over the unit itself. You can make anything from candy, to gummy bears. The sprinkle maker works by loading it with a small amount of Play-Doh and turning the handle to create small clay “sprinkles”. I didn’t find that it actually worked that well and it was my least favorite item in this play set.
Things I Liked
The Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset has a lot going for it with all the punch-out/stencils on the main unit and the different stations. I really liked working with the Play-Doh Plus and the smooth texture did add something extra to the look of the ice cream.
Things I Didn't Like
The sprinkle maker on this set was seriously flawed. It just didn’t work well. The cutter didn’t cut the clay to sprinkle size consistently, the handle was difficult to turn and the minute you put Play-Doh in the unit the lid won’t shut completely and it makes it difficult to handle. Clean-up was also very difficult because the plunger for the sprinkle maker doesn’t full evacuate the tube and leaves small bits of clay stuck in the “sprinkle holes” of the unit. I also couldn’t fit a finger in there to clear the clay and shy of using a toothpick to dig it out, I couldn’t find an effective was to clean the unit properly.
The Ice Cream Play-Doh set is recommended for creators over the age of 3. Play-Doh is fun to play with, not fun to eat. So it’s best to wait until your child is at an age where they understand if it looks like Ice cream, it definitely won’t taste like it.
This was one of my favorite Play-Doh playsets. Minus the sprinkle-maker, the Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset did impress me. The Play-Doh plus was a cool element and I did like the added value it gave the look of the sundae. I think my favorite part was the mini cones and bowls, I’m a sucker for all thing miniature and adorable!