Monday, 12 September 2011

Review of Moon Dough Supermarket

On Saturday we had a lovely surprise when a package arrived containing Moon Dough Supermarket by Spin Master toys. Ben, who was two that day had never played with anything like this before so I was curious to see how he would get on.
Ben checking out the contents of the box
The box contained a cash register, shopping basket, various moulds which included a pineapple, apple, milk carton, can, bread stick and a turkey drumstick and three packets of moon dough in red, white and yellow. The cash register was easy to put together as was the shopping basket. I had never seen or felt Moon Dough before and was quite surprised at how fluffy and soft it felt, I really like the texture. I rolled it in a ball and gave some to Ben showing him how to load it into the top of the cash register and turn the handle and within seconds he was off doing it himself loving watching the coins with their six different number patterns pop out the side one after another. He had the cash register drawer filled with coins in no time at all. Next I showed him how to fill the moulds and make the various shapes. His favourite was the milk carton with the "moo moo" cow on it. We had lots of fun making multicoloured apples and pineapples as Ben decided to mix the different colours together, impressing himself with the outcome and exclaiming "wow!" when he saw how fantastic they looked.

Getting to grips with the cash register
Busy making coins
We had a lot of fun making the coins and shapes and were soon playing shop with Ben pretending to press the buttons on the cash register and swap groceries for coins with me. He decided a plain apple cost one coin but his fabulous multicoloured one was worth two. It was very funny and I loved watching how his imaginative mind was taking control of the play and quite clearly making up rules on shopping and bartering as we played. The only hiccup we had was when Ben tried to stuff the Moon Dough coins back into the slot they had popped out of and it got clogged up which meant I had to scrape it all out before we could make more coins but that was easily solved and once I had explained to Ben that we shouldn't do that it was back to business.
Filling the mould
Making bread
Very impressed with his milk carton creation
I was really impressed with how easy it was for Ben to use the moulds and the register to make the coins. He loved it and I saw him take on a new form of play whereby he was attaching different values to different items consistently and making up rules - pretty impressive for a two year old in my opinion. Now for the bit I bet most parents want to know, how easy is it to clean up? In a word simple. I used the bigger balls of dough to pick up the little bits and any pieces which had landed on the carpet were easily hoovered up. A lot easier to clean up after than the plasticine and Fimo I remember playing with when I was young. Another important things to note is that it is fully hypoallergenic and wheat free so is very safe for young children to play with.
A basket full of groceries
On the whole I think Moon Dough Supermarket is a fantastic toy, Ben loved playing with it as did I :). It is great for developing creative play and imaginative role play. Although aimed at three to five year olds Ben, two was more than capable of playing with it once showed how to and he got a lot of enjoyment out of it. The great thing is the dough does not dry out and can be used over and over again so I am sure we will get a lot of use out of it. I would definitely recommend this toy.

Moon Dough Supermarket is available this autumn from various retailers including Argos, Tesco, Symths Toys, Early Learning Centre, Asda, Boots and costs around £15.99. A great toy your little one is sure to love!

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received Moon Dough Supermarket for free in exchange for a review but this has in no way biased my opinion - it gets a big thumbs up from both Ben and me!


angelsandurchinsblog said...

Sounds great. When you say it doesn't dry out does this mean never, or do you have to put it back in its plastic pot/bag? And does it really not get stuck in the carpet? I've got a rather nasty Playdoh splodge on my wall and a larger one on a carpet so I'm a bit terrified of the stuff!

Mummy's Space said...

I just put it back in the plastic bag it came in and it is keeping fine so far and not drying out at all. As for the carpet, there was a lot of bits on the (cream) carpet under where Ben was playing and I was a little worried but the dyson vacuumed it up no problem - it is one of those hardwearing carpets not sure how it would be on a deep pile one. I honestly really like the stuff, it was a lot of fun playing in such a different imaginary role type way with Ben.

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