Toy Review Roundup: Moon Dough And Olivia’s House/Pirate Ship!REVIEWS, REVIEWS & CONTESTS | Nirasha Jaganath | September 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Somehow I had never heard of Moon Dough – I did hear of Moon Sand and figured it would be similar. Bracing myself for some colored sand like material I opened the package to let my 3 year old and 5 year old take a stab at it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was meant to be a “play-doh” like material. If you have not seen what it is like let me describe the feel of it. Compared to play-doh it felt a little drier, lighter and plastic-ky. The farm like structure mold actually churns out animals. I was surprised how much easier it was for my 3 year old to actually build something. Normally she squishes and rolls it but it frustrates her that she cannot come up with complex caricatures like her sister. With just simple turning she can create little farm animals – not just cutouts.
Of course like regular Play-doh expect that this will stick to your carpet but at least the Moon Dough does not dry out. It is not as stretchable but it is not so sticky too. Worth taking a look at but the fact that it is not as readily available to get extra tubs of the stuff may make it a tough toy to keep – but then again it not drying out may mean you won’t have to.
We love Olivia, I mean who wouldn’t? I adored Olivia much before my kids. She is cute, sassy and smart. Did I mention cute? I hoped my kids would grow into her. They did not. Then my 2nd kid was born and she was the girliest girl ever. She liked Olivia’s ways and I loved having a fresh breath of air in children’s animation. We got a little plush Olivia and an Olivia dollhouse to review. Now my girls love dollhouses or any pretend structure with little figurines but this one was different. Even I was impressed. The house converts into a pirate ship and also back into a little case to carry it around.
The flipping between the two modes are wonderful if boys want to play and are not interested in the house part. I love that it is very easy to convert from one to another. The little Olivia that comes with it is cute and appeals to my sensory seeking child as well. I wish they would include more than one character to improve group playing. There are pieces of furniture and they are well built to scale. The stickers that come with are non-re-positionable and one thing that could have been left out. Some pieces like the picture frame etc are really too little and obviously can get easily lost. I still think this is a great addition for a playdate – luckily my kids have added some characters from other toys to keep the peace.
Disclosure: I received these toys to review!