Play-Doh is fantastic for young children. The moldable compound has been around for over 60 years and kept generations of children entertained and helped to stimulate many imaginations across the world. It is flexible and reusable, and there are now many kits available on the market to help kids in a variety of ways when they are playing with the compound.
It can be daunting looking at the sheer amount of products out there, but the most important thing to consider is the wants and needs of the child. Kits can be themed around various interests as well as provide certain types of educational value. Consider the child you are buying for and go from there. For more gift ideas for toddlers, we have reviewed the best gifts for 3 year old girls as well as some great gift ideas for 3 year old boys.
We consulted bloggers, experts, and customer reviews to bring you this list of the top ten Play-Doh sets for kids, currently on the market. We have also compiled a short guide on factors to think about before you go ahead and buy.
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- Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven
- Play-Doh Modeling Compound Pack
- Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Retro Pack
- Play-Doh Fun Tub
- Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘n Style Ponies
- Play-Doh Burger Barbecue Toy
- Play-Doh Fun Factory Set
- Play-Doh Shape Letters and Language
- Kitchen Creations Spinning Treats Mixer
- Play-Doh E2930 Buzz ‘n Cut
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven
- Interactive features
- Good for stimulating imaginations
- Easy to use and clean
This Play-Doh set is great for budding chefs to pretend they are preparing their own little meals and make their very own Play-Doh cake. The oven is interactive, complete with a ‘cooking’ light and a sound to signify when the food has been ‘cooked’. It comes with five fake food attachments, three cutters, a roller, a knife, a fork, a spoon, a plate, six tubs of Play-Doh, instructions and a creation card to kick start the child’s imagination.
The set is suggested for ages 3+, and we do recommend this is best for young children, however, make sure they are at least somewhat supervised and are aware the food they make from it is not edible. This helps simulate baking activities and can teach kids about basic preparation and measure whilst making their own Play-Doh cakes.
The accessories are all made out of plastic meaning they are easy to clean and of course safe for small hands. The baking setting can be activated by a simple lever at the side of the oven, meaning it is very easy for kids to use. Once the lever has reset a ding noise will let the kids know their creation is ready. From pizzas to donuts, there’s no limit to young imaginations to create whatever they want to!
Play-Doh Modeling Compound Pack
- Budget friendly
- Good starter set
- Long lasting
If you are looking for a set of multiple assorted colors this Play-Doh assorted colors modeling pack is a great budget option as it comes with 36 separate tubs of Play-Doh. Each pot contains 3oz of Play-Doh and, like all official Play-Doh products, is entirely non toxic. Do keep in mind, however, the children with wheat gluten intolerances may experience an allergic reaction.
This is a great starter set for Play-Doh and is suitable for all ages. Play-Doh allows children to create anything they want to out of the compound, and the wide selection of assorted colors will let their imagination go wild with their creations. These can also be combined with other Play-Doh sets if you require extra compound.
Some reviewers have noted receiving multiples of the same color, so watch out for this when the product arrives - nevertheless, at 36 different tubs it will still have a wide range of assorted colors available. Customers are, however, very pleased with how long these last when taken care of properly.
Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Retro Pack
- Classic favorite
- Teaches kids about dentists
- Easy to use and clean
Play Doh celebrated their 60th Anniversary by re-releasing their classic favorites. This classic playdough toy allows children to pretend they are a dentist providing cavity treatments and braces. It comes with a patient head, drill, tweezers, roller, toothbrush, tooth mold, accessories, instructions and 5 pots of Play-Doh compound. The drill makes authentic drilling sounds helping the child dive further into the imaginary role they are playing.
Kids can use the tooth mold to make teeth out of Play-Doh, and use the drill to create cavities which they can then fill with Play-Doh fillings. The roller also helps users to create braces which can be fit onto the teeth of the imaginary patient. This is a great toy for helping children understand the basics of dental work.
The Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'n Fill Retro Pack is great for kids who might be a little scared of the dentist as it makes them better understand what happens if they need to get a cavity filled. The toothbrush also has a function for pushing out silly toothpaste which can then be used to brush the patient’s teeth.
Play-Doh Fun Tub
- Simple yet fun
- Great for those on a budget
- Easy to use and clean
A great accompaniment to the 36 color pack, this fun tub contains a wide range of accessories to assist with the creation of different Play-Doh models. It does also contain five pots of Play-Doh within the kit (blue, green, pink, orange and yellow) so is also a great standalone play set. It also comes with three stampers, a two piece extruder with rail, roller, knife and 12 cutters in a variety of animal and regular shapes.
The equipment is made out of safe plastic meaning it is easy to clean, and it all comes in a handy storage tub that can easily hold all of the pieces included as well as some extras that you might already have. It is very well priced and would make an excellent starter kit for younger children as well as an extension to other kits for older kids.
According to reviews, this is a great kit for keeping kids entertained - especially fidgety kids who are tired of running but still not content with sitting around doing nothing. The pots of Play-Doh are quite small, so it may be worth considering some additional pots to go alongside this play set. Nevertheless, there’s enough included to get full use out of all the equipment.
Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘n Style Ponies
- Good quality molds
- Great for My Little Pony fans
- Accessories included for decoration
This Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘n Style Ponies set, of course, a great option for kids who are fans of the My Little Pony Franchise. The kit has everything necessary for children to make their own My Little Pony models out of Play-Doh. It comes with four pony molds, pony book mold, two piece extruder, half-mold palette and nine pots of Play-Doh in a variety My Little Pony themed colors.
Each mold creates a different kind of pony - Earth, Pegasus, Unicorn, and Princess. Kids simply need to fill the mold with Play-Doh, close it, and then reopen it to unveil a full pony model. They can then use the pallet and other accessories to decorate the pony with different hair colors, patches and flowers. When completed the models should be able to stand.
Keep in mind that if the child wants to keep the model it will harden, however, this can cause some cracks due to the composition of Play-Doh. The ponies are about three inches tall once made. Customer reviews of the Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘n Style Ponies kit love the quality of the molds and these can keep kids entertained for hours.
Play-Doh Burger Barbecue Toy
- Simple yet fun
- Easy to clean
- Encourages imagination and enhances play
Great on its own or alongside the Magical Oven, this Play-Doh set will have children grilling up their own burgers and hot dogs, and there are additional instructions to help them create accompaniments like lettuce, tomato, and fries. It comes with five pots of Play-Doh, a grill mold, a two-piece extractor, three plastic utensils, a roller and two plastic plates. To use, kids simply press the Play-Doh into the molds provided on the grill.
They can then press down, just like you would with a real grill, and lift the lid to reveal perfect burger, hot dog, bun and mushroom shapes. The two-piece extractor is also great for creating fries, and there are assorted colors included for lettuce and tomato. Kids loving creating fake food with Play-Doh and this will be a great addition to any little kitchen.
This Play Dough set enhances the capabilities of their imagination and encourages further play involving additional toppings. The Play-Doh pots are quite small, but adequate for use in the Play Dough set. If you would like to enhance the play experience, we suggest buying some additional bigger pots in a variety of assorted colors.
Play-Doh Fun Factory Set
- Open ended play
- Easy to use accessories
- Amazon’s Choice
- Set includes the fun factory tool
This bumper set is Amazon’s Choice for Play Doh Playsets and it is clear to see why. This offers a great range of dough tools for playing with Play-Doh that helps create great opportunities for open ended play and does not stifle children’s imaginations. It comes with six regular sized pots of Play-Doh, as well as a variety of stamps and cutters. The set includes the fun factory tool with a few inserts that allow kids to squeeze the Play-Doh out into different shapes.
The Play Doh Fun Factory Set makes it easier to create different shaped tubes that can also vary in thickness and amount. There are some ideas left in an instructional booklet, as well as some obvious animal shapes to get them going, but the open ended nature of this Play Dough set is excellent for letting kids be kids and come up with their own wild creations.
Reviewers are happy with the range of accessories available in this Fun Factory shape making machine kit and claim that it will keep children entertained for hours. It is suitable for older and younger children thanks to its open ended nature and as with all Play-Doh products, this Play-Doh fun factory deluxe set is safe to clean and non-toxic. All of the accessories are made out of plastic.
Play-Doh Shape Letters and Language
- Great for preschoolers
- Educational value
- Varied activities
- Set includes 26 chunky letter stamps
This kit is designed for young children of around preschool age to help them learn early reading and language skills. It is best played with supervision so they can be helped with understanding the lessons being learned through playing with the set. The set includes 26 chunky letter stamps, stylus, roller, two playmats, a Together Time Guide and six pots of Play-Doh compound.
The Together Time Guide is filled with ideas of how you can use the set to create an enjoyable, but also educational, playtime experience for the child. The playmats are designed with activities that can help young children learn about the alphabet and phonetics. It is great for pre-reading and pre-writing skills and a good accompaniment to what they will be learning in preschool.
As with all Play-Doh sets, this is entirely nontoxic so you do not need to worry about any accidents. There are other creative activities in the booklet and on the playmats that do not involve the alphabet, so the Play-Doh can be used for other educational activities to keep playtime varied. These include making faces and making food, which can also build a child’s early vocabulary.
Kitchen Creations Spinning Treats Mixer
- Great addition to a Play-Doh kitchen
- Idea cards to stimulate imaginations
- Easy to use and clean
Another great addition for their Play-Doh kitchen, this kit imitates a stand mixer and other cake decorating accessories. Children can get creative with their own cake and treat creations using the Play-Doh provided, as well as any other pots you may have. It comes with mixer, two stamper attachments for the mixer, decorating tools, spatula, plate, two idea cards, full set of instructions, one pot of Play-Doh plus and four pots of regular Play-Doh compound.
To use the mixer kids simply attach their chosen stamper attachment, put some Play-Doh into the bottom stamp and pull the handle on top to press down. They can then assemble cookies and cupcakes using the shapes. The Play-Doh plus compound is formulated so it can be used with the decorating tools to look like frosting - perfect creating the best pretend cupcake.
The idea cards are a great way to stimulate kids imaginations by giving them suggestions on what they can make with the kit. They are then free to come up with their own ideas using the dough tools available with this sweets and cookies set. As with other sets the pots are small, but they can suitably create two to three different pretend treats.
Play-Doh E2930 Buzz ‘n Cut
- Easy to use and clean
- Great for imaginative play
- Very well priced
The final set on this list lets kids pretend they are hairdressers cutting the hair of doll clients. The Play-Doh Crazy Cuts kit comes with three character thimbles where kids can insert Play-Doh and squeeze so the character’s grow hair which can then be cut and styled by the kids playing with the playset. It also comes with two book molds for creating bows, flowers and other accessories; four accessory tools and six pots of Play-Doh compound.
To use, once kids have loaded their character with Play-Doh hair, they simply place them in the chair (which can be adjusted for height) and use the plastic scissors to cut their hair and style however they want. Thanks to Play-Doh’s malleable nature, no other styling products are necessary! The accessories are all made out of plastic so they are safe and easy to clean.
Reviewers love the imaginative play this Play-Doh Crazy Cuts toy can give children, with many of them reporting that their children will give the characters personalities and chat to them whilst cutting their hair. It is a durable product and ideal for younger and older children who love Play-Doh or are interested in hairstyling and hairdressing.
Buying a Play-Doh set for children is fairly easy with the wide variety available. Officially branded products will always be better than the knock-off products due to the more than 60 years of research and development that has gone into Play-Doh products. Play dough is toxin free, and unless your child has wheat gluten allergies it is also free of most allergens.
All you need to check in terms of safety is that the accessories are made of safe plastic and are specifically designed for use with Play-Doh. This will also ensure it is easier to clean. Other than that, here are some other questions you should be asking before you commit to buying a kit.
What is the Educational Value?
The play-doh sets for kids do not always have to have educational value – but it really helps. The inbuilt creativity of Play dough toddler toys makes them excellent products for enhancing a child’s understanding of the world around them. From the basics of cooking and dentistry to phonetics and even mathematics, there are kits out there for a variety of educational scenarios.
If the child is scared of the dentist of the doctor, kits in these themes are also a great way to get them acquainted with what these professionals do and cutting down on the fear factor. Likewise, the cooking sets give them an idea of how certain machines in the kitchen might work, and the importance of keeping them clean and using them safely.
Think about the child’s educational needs, and then see if you can find an appropriate set. This will also help you keep the gift ideas age appropriate.
Does the kit Appeal to the Child’s Interests?
Aside from the educational value to the child, you really should also look into the entertainment value. Does the kid like to watch you cook? Then one of the many cooking sets will be a perfect way to include them in this activity and help them explore their interests. There are also themed kits – like the My Little Pony kit on this list – that help kids create a variety of characters and props that can enhance their love for a particular TV show, game or another cultural item.
If you are struggling to find the right toddler toy kid for their interests, consider how well some of the bumper kits will help them make their own creations to fit their interests. They all come with great accessories and the open ended nature of these kits make them very customizable.
Does It Encourage Creativity?
The more open ended a kit, the more freedom the child has to make their own creations however they want to. Nevertheless, for younger children, the themed kits can be a great way to use their interests to stimulate their imagination and start thinking about creativity through pretend play. The themed kits also have their own accessories that can encourage other styles of the model, but these are generally designed to fit in well with them.
If the child is younger, definitely get one of the themed kits to help them to start thinking creatively – but if they’re older it might be worth getting one of the bumper kits to give them full freedom.
How much is Play-Doh Compound Actually Included?
You want to make sure you have enough Play-Doh compound included in the kit so the child can play with it for a few hours without running out and without having to destroy one model just so they can make another. Most of the themed kits come with smaller three ounce pots, but this is usually an adequate amount to use the themed kit.
They likely will not, however, be adequate for use with other kits at the same time. For the bumper kits, check that they come with the five ounce pots so the child is not restricted when using the open ended style of these kits.
Are the Accessories Varied?
This also depends on what kind of kit you buy. The more accessories – and the bigger variety between these accessories – the better. In themed kits, the accessories will likely be related to whatever the theme is – shaped molds, rollers, and stamps.
For the bumper kits, you want to make sure it has a variety of mold, stamp and cutter shapes and potentially also consider getting a variety of rollers and squeezers.
Once you know the wants and needs of the child you are buying for, getting the perfect Play-Doh set for children is easy. There is such a wide range of kits out there that there will always be something for everyone. When in doubt, buy one of the bumper sets that will give kids ultimate freedom over their corrections.
As always, try to go with officially licensed products to ensure they are safe and of the best quality possible. Play dough is a great inexpensive toddler baby toys for inspiring girls imaginations through pretend play, and once you have found the right kit it will be sure to keep them entertained for hours on end. Read more about how Play-Doh can help support early childhood skill development.
Sick of replacing dried Play-Doh toddler toys? You can reinvigorate it by wrapping it in a damp cloth and placing it back in the pot – after some time the moisture will return and it can be used again.