Best forKids ages 3 and up who love hands-on play and making their own creations
Top BenefitsPromotes creativity, imagination and tactile play
ConsiderationsSomewhat difficult to clean
Bottom lineThe Play-Doh Ultimate Swirl Ice Cream Maker lets kids swirl ice cream flavours and decorate sundaes, whipping up as many creations as their imaginations can think up.
If whipping up a batch of pretend ice cream made with Play-Doh sounds like a blast, that’s because it is. The Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Swirl Ice Cream Maker is superb for creative play, making pretend ice cream, whipped cream and various toppings. The play set includes a number of accessories such as cones, dishes and topping molds, and it comes with a smoother Play-Doh compound for easier squeezing in the ice cream press. The Ice Cream Maker can withstand repeat play with its sturdy plastic construction, but operating the ice cream press handle smoothly takes a little practice. And the ice cream swirling mechanism requires some dexterity, so if your kids try to recreate the impressive images on the box, their results may vary. Regardless, there’s a ton of fun to be had with the different molds and the Play-Doh itself. As always, Play-Doh is non-toxic (but does contain wheat), and can be cleaned from surfaces by allowing it to dry, then scraping or vacuuming the dried compound. Best of all, this toy provided endless entertainment for our kid testers.