Young aspiring chefs can practice molding colorful treats with the Play-Doh Cake Makin Station. With molds, presses, modeling compound, and other plastic tools, boys and girls can create everything from frosted cakes and cupcakes to fancy desserts of their own invention. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up, this toy is one in the line of Play-Doh sets that help children mold different kinds of food.
About Play-Doh Cake Makin Station
This cute Play-Doh set comes with a cake-shaped station tool (some assembly required), two round cutters for cutting out decorative cake layers, a simple rolling pin, four fancy cake molds, a plate, a fork and a knife, and four cans of modeling compound (pink, white, brown, and pale blue).
To make a layer cake, kids press Play-Doh into one of the cake molds, use the hand-held frosting tool to pipe “icing” around the cake’s top, click the cake into the stamping station to press one of several possible designs into the top of the cake, rotate it to another station and press to push some of the modeling compound up to create candles, roll and cut out layers to stack under the cake, and use the tiny mold shapes on the playset to form tiny decorations to add to the cake.
With another tool on the side of the Cake Makin Playset, kids can press a lump of modeling compound into a cupcake shape and then add icing and other sculpted decorations.
Play-Doh Cake Makin Station review
Both boys and girls will enjoy using the accessories in this fun Play-Doh playset to create sophisticated layer cakes and adorable cupcakes. The set comes with an illustrated card and a set of directions on the side of the box that teach kids how to make a sweet cupcake and an ice cream cone by hand. Ideally, once kids master how to use the tools from this set they will be inspired to create ever more imaginative sweet treats and desserts on their own.
Some reviews have complained about the difficulty of assembling the Cake Makin station. Our testers had a little difficulty figuring out which piece to pop in where, but once we were pushing pieces in their correct places, everything popped into place just fine. The assembled toy is a little unwieldy to fit back in the box, so parents may need to store the toy in a separate plastic tote in a child’s art studio once play time is done.
With a little initial direction, our 3 and 5-year-old testers had no problems using the various presses and tools to create the various decorating effects. Soon they were designing and making cakes completely on their own.
The best parts about this toy are the clever tools that allow children to create different icing effects and how appealing the finished creations are. Once children have made several treats and pastries, they can enjoy open-ended imaginative play pretending to run a bakery or a restaurant.
One drawback is that this set (like many others in this line) teaches children to make “sometimes” foods rather than healthy foods. Some parents may not want kids to always be sculpting cakes (or popcorn, ice cream treats, pizza, burgers, candy, or fries) rather than vegetables or even fruits. A second drawback is that the molds and tools have the potential to hinder fully imaginative play, leading boys and girls to make identical (or at least very similar) cakes robotically without striking out on their own and using nothing more than a few cans of modeling compound and perhaps a Play-Doh knife to discover new ways of making play desserts.
A third drawback is one intrinsic to any Play-Doh playset. Over time, the different colors of modeling compound get mixed together, and children are often so enamored of their creations that they leave them to dry out. Naturally, both of these problems are solved by just buying more Play-Doh.
Overall, this is an adorable toy and a fun addition to any playroom’s complement of Play-Doh accessories. Usually priced at around $15, this makes a reasonably priced birthday present or other gift.
We were sent this product for review, but Chicago families should be able to find it at local Toys R Us and Target stores.
Children that enjoy this toy may also enjoy the Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory set, the Play-Doh Toy Time Race Game, or the Play-Doh Creations Squish and Stamp Scenes playset.
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