Playdoh

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Feats of clay.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Online catalog of all the Play-Doh products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the site does list every Play-Doh product imaginable, it's mostly harmless -- but it doesn't feature very much in fun, either. The online coloring is very good for that sort of game, offering many colors and precise control. In the "Parents" section you can find tips on removing the compound from your carpet, and learn that one of the ingredients in Play-Doh is wheat, so that kids with a wheat gluten allergy may react. The site says more activities are coming soon.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 year old Written byrobinpeggy April 9, 2008

mediocre at best

No sound, flat graphics, this is mainly a store. (and because of lack of sound, needs a reader, so 5-7 only applies to readers) CSM really missed the boat on th... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written by[email protected] June 23, 2010

good

i love it
Teen, 13 years old Written byemmygirl December 31, 2014

Products and products...

All about products....! Far too much consumerism!
Teen, 13 years old Written by2cat007 October 11, 2010

What's it about?

Visit Dohville, a soft squishy farm with cute dough animals and people. There's a matching game with several levels to play and an art studio, which features online coloring pages and lots of colorful digital crayons. Take a virtual vacation to tropical Doh-doh Island, where palm trees sway in the breeze as you meet the odd little natives. There's an online coloring book on the island too, and the site allows users to send an e-postcard to a friend or download some wallpaper for their computer screen. The \"Parents and Teachers\" area suggests educational activities to do with Play-Doh, and the \"Fun Facts\" area offers tidbits of trivia. You can also find tips on removing the compound from your carpet in this section.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, all the creative stuff that would really interest kids, parents, and teachers is buried way beneath the ads and product gobbledygook, creating a place where consumerism rings loud and imagination -- one of the best benefits of Play-Doh play -- is lost. The bright colors and bubbly cartoons do make kids happy to roam around. It's just that they can't go too far without running up against an ad or something sponsored by a toy. Kids will get a lot of practice learning mousing skills, but the activities won't boost their IQ levels, and they'll be bored after about 10 minutes of play time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of ads on Web sites. Why does this one have so many? Can you tell what's an ad and what isn't? Why is it so hard to tell the difference?

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