Phoebe’s Christmas has come early, she’d not long been exposed to the advert for the Lalaloopsy Glitter Hair Dough playset and exclaimed with glee that ‘I want it, Mummy!’ When we were offered it for review. It comes in a large and impressive box that would look fantastic wrapped up. I’m not a great fan of play dough, it tends to get mixed up into one sludgy colour and bits of it get trodden into the carpet, but I was willing to give it a go. She’s promised not to mix them up too much and I’m on patrol for pieces on the floor.
What you get in the Lalaloopsy glitter hair dough set
A large Lalaloopsy doll with a huge head; real fabric skirt (with attached knickers); a stand for her to sit on; three interchangeable head pieces with different holes in for producing different hair effects; 3 pots of glitter play dough; a pair of plastic scissors; 2 yellow hair clips.
How to play
You put the play dough into Lalaloopsy’s head, either in the top or the back of her head, then turn her pigtail like a crank handle and the play dough gets squeezed through the holes above to create ‘hair,’ which you can then style, cut or curl to your hearts desire and start all over again. The turning action makes the platform inside rise up and put pressure on the design plate. The scissors don’t look like they’d cut much, but they’re perfect for cutting the dough and not little fingers or paper.
The doll is quite top heavy and even with the stand it overbalances quite easily so you need to have two hands or a helper to stop her falling over. If you don’t use the stand it’s pretty impossible with one person playing. The glitter dough is sparkly, but Phoebe was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as sparkly as the play dough in the pictures on the packaging. She also had a moment where the ‘hair’ wasn’t like the picture, all piled up – I got creative and she could then see how it was done.
It’s a creative way to play with playdough, and it was popular with not just Phoebe but my eldest, William (7) wanted to have a go too and more than once. Daniel (21 months) also wanted to try and the concept was easy for him to grasp (although it’s not suitable for under 3s). You can move the arms and legs around too and use her as a standalone doll. It encourages fine motor skills and creative and imaginative play. I really like the detail they have gone to, even the underside of her shoes has fine detail on it and the whole doll is bright, colourful and full of little details, like the lids of the play dough pots have different shapes on that can double up as moulds. The age range is set at 4-104, it’s perfect for children aged 4-10. It’s bound to be a hit at Christmas and beyond. It’s priced around £29.99.
Disclosure: we were gifted the glitter dough set in return for my open and honest review. All opinions are my own. For more information, visit www.lalaloopsy.co.uk