Play-Doh Sweets to Make…but not to eat.

I find it confusing to have toys for preschoolers where you make “food” but you can’t eat them – especially when they look so pretty. I get the whole pretend aspect of this toy and that many kids (including some of our testers) enjoy this product, but maybe because I was the kid that would have tasted it for sure,  it makes me wonder about the wisdom of such a toy. While I do have a soft spot for Play-Doh extruder accessories,  I generally prefer Play-Doh as an open-ended experience – after all, what’s better than making Play-Doh snakes?!

Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe from Hasbro

Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe from Hasbro

What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Play-Doh Sweets to Make…but not to eat.

  1. My kids always make cookies and candy when they play with Play-Doh even without any accessories. They are always serving things for me to “pretend” eat — and they are always pretending to eat it too. They would love this toy.

  2. THERE! Someone said it! Play Doh was irresistible to me as a kid — and I personally have many childhood friends who would say the same thing — because it seemed like we were always hungry, and there was this toy that made magical things to eat, that you couldn’t eat. And it even smelled weird, but in a compelling way. Play-Doh taught us the meaning of the word “non-toxic”, because that was where you first learned it meant that stuff wasn’t going to kill you.

    Thanks for making this point, Stephanie — from the girl who also hid in the broom closet to eat Milk Bones (which came in lots of different colors but never really tasted like milk).

    I suspect kids have been eating Play-Doh since it came out. (I KNOW the kid in our neighborhood we called “Ant-Eater” — he charged us a penny for every ant he’d eat — ate some serious P-D.)

    Great post! :0)

  3. Best reply EVER to a post. I’m laughing so hard. Glad to know I’m not alone!

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