Who hasn’t played with Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound? Since its invention in the 1930s as a wallpaper cleaner and its reinvention as a craft and hobby substance, Play-Doh has become famous around the world for generations. Here are some different fun kits and sets that will help you make Play-Doh a regular activity at your house for anyone more than three years old. Here are our choices for best Play-Doh set for 2019.

Our Top Picks

How to Pick the Best "play doh sets"

There are some tricks to living peacefully with Play-Doh. Here are some of the features that you might want to consider when buying for kids, or even yourself.

1. Recommended Age

Most sets are made for children more than three years old. There is one good reason for this limit. Toddlers eat just about anything. The parts of all the kits, the shapers, discs, and molds, are too small and will become lodged in a toddler’s throat. Second, toddlers eat Play-Doh. It won’t hurt them, but it’s very salty, and it’s unsafe for pets. If a child has an allergy to wheat, beware that Play-Doh contains wheat, and the child might react. Always supervise children under three very closely.

2. Cans of Play-Doh

We’ve listed the number of Play-Doh cans that come in each set. Be aware that many of these are the tiny 2-ounce size. That amount of Play-Doh is just enough to play with the sets once or perhaps twice. It is a good idea to consider one of the large collections with many colors and a larger can.

3. Accessories

Most of the sets have accessories like extruders, cutters, discs, shapers, etc. All of these are choke hazards and are labeled as such. There are no bags, boxes, or containers that come with these. Hard plastic bins can hold each set very nicely, but you’ll have to purchase them separately.

4. Batteries

A few of the light-up toys like the ovens need batteries to operate correctly. We have listed which batteries and how many for your convenience.

5. Dimensions

The dimensions of the product box are listed for each item. Please pay attention to your options when you order a set. Play-Doh has two choices for shipment. There is the normal box which is the iconic multicolored box you find in stores. The second option is called Frustration-Free. It is a plain brown wrapper that is easily opened and recyclable. It is easier, but also has less of an impact on a child who is expecting something more colorful. The selection is yours entirely.

6. Weight

The weight and size are mentioned in each case so that you can plan where you expect the postman to put it, in the mail slot or on the porch.

The Winners

#1

Play-Doh Modeling Compound

Best Overall

Why get frustrated at your new Play-Doh toy set when you realize that the included cans of modeling compound won’t last through one afternoon of play? If you order a 36-pack, you’ll always be prepared for extended play even if there are several children at work. With the Play-Doh Modeling Compound, every can has a different color ranging from primary to pastel with all the shades between. If you haven’t multiplied, this means there are over six pounds of Play-Doh compound in one package.

  • You'll love
  • A must-have for replenishing Play-Doh sets
  • Wide variety of colors

Recommended Ages: 2 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 36 (3.5 oz.)
Accessories: No
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 14.9 x 7.6 x 6 inches
Weight: 8.11 pounds

#2

Play-Doh Crazy Cuts

Upgrade Choice

Welcome to the Crazy Cuts Barbershop! Your barber will be right with you to consult with you about a hairstyle, so your character looks its best. Once you’ve decided on a ‘do’ for one of three included character thimbles. The barber can choose a color among the six cans, then push it through the Fuzzy Pumper on the salon chair. This is a fun way to extrude the hair. Two book molds let your hairstylist fashion either a Mohawk or pigtails.

  • You'll love
  • Lots of choices for different hairdos
  • Good pretend play option
  • Watch for
  • Choke Hazard

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 6
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 3.2 x 12 x 9 inches
Weight: 1.83 pounds

#3

Play-Doh Fun Tub

BEST Budget Buy

Here is a chance to stock up on extra tools that will supplement the specific Play-Doh sets. It would be an appreciated companion gift with the Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack. The included Play-Doh cans are the smallest size, just enough to whet the appetite of a dedicated modeler. Included are 20 pieces that will come in handy with any modeling compound play. There is a reusable plastic tub to store the collection. The Play-Doh Fun Tub consists of a two-piece extruder with rail, 3 stampers, roller, knife, and 12 cutters.

  • You'll love
  • Open-ended play
  • Good basic set for a collection
  • Watch for
  • Choke Hazard

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 5 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 4.8 x 8 x 8 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds

#4

Play-Doh Kitchen Magical Oven

Best Play-Doh Food Set

Not quite the Easy Bake oven of your childhood but magic, nonetheless. With Play-Doh Kitchen Magical Oven kids can pretend to bake in the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations version of a kitchen oven. Cookies, cakes, muffins, and pizzas fashioned from the modeling clay pop in and out of the oven’s racks. Chefs can prepare their oven for duty by first applying Play-Doh buttons and operational equipment on its front. Next, bakers make food that needs a little heat to make it perfect. If the lever on the oven is pressed, a red light switches on. When the meal is finished, the light turns to white, the oven dings, and the job is done. Powered by three AA batteries, the child needs to hold down the lever on the oven to get the lights to engage.

  • You'll love
  • Fun food accessories, plus three shapes
  • Fun pretend baking, no burns
  • Watch for
  • No container or bag for accessories

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 6 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: 3 AA
Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 13 inches
Weight: 1 pound

#5

Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'n Fill Set

When your child gets old enough to realize that tooth care is part of his routine in which he should now take part, this is the Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill Set to instruct him. Your child can make teeth and pop them into the wide-open mouth. A tooth mold makes it easy. The mold makes two teeth at a time. Does the head have crooked teeth? No problem because he can roll out braces with a stamping roller.

There are a toothbrush and silly toothpaste. This is the part where you instruct the child on proper brushing technique. He will be able to easily see how and why he must brush in between and all around. If the worst happens, and the Play-Doh model has a cavity, you child can fix it with the buzzing electric drill to chase them away.

  • You'll love
  • Great to help reduce fear of the dentist
  • Good vehicle to teach tooth care
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD
  • Difficult to open battery case
  • Making the teeth is time-consuming

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 3 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: 2 AA
Dimensions: 2.6 x 11 x 8.5 inches
Weight: 1.65 pounds

#6

Play-Doh Kitchen Burger Barbecue

Best Play-Doh Food Set

What could be more fun than playing in the backyard while dad or mom is grilling the hot dogs? Kids can make faux-burgers, imagined hot dogs, and crispy looking onion rings, then cook them on the grill. She can squeeze out fries and condiments with the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Burger Barbecue tool. This is a great way to keep kids busy and away from the real and very hot grill.

It might be hard to find a can of brown Play-Doh for the hamburgers. Reach into your 36-pack collection or take a shopping trip to a store. The colors are easy to identify on the shelves.

  • You'll love
  • Side-by-side activity with grownups
  • Good game of pretend
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 5 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 2.4 x 8 x 8.6 inches
Weight: 1.32 pounds

#7

Play-Doh Fun Factory Deluxe Set

Best Play-Doh Set for Boys

Play-Doh factories are a bunch of fun. The various shapes and stamps used with a roller and the factory make for fun and varied play. Any kid over the age of three can reach into this deluxe factory outfit and find tools and Play-Doh to fire his imagination. This set has many shapes, stamps, a roller, and a factory along with six medium Play-Doh cans. The Play-Doh Fun Factory Deluxe Set provides a lot of pieces for classic play and as an addition to the specific collections.

  • You'll love
  • Open-ended, non-directed play
  • Addition to a complete Play-Doh collection
  • Watch for
  • No storage container

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 6 (4 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 3.2 x 13 x 10.2 inches
Weight: 3.75 pounds

#8

PlayDoh Shape Learn Letters & Language

When the time arrives to start teaching pre-reading and pre-writing skills to your little one, the Play-Doh Shape and Learn Letters and Language will help them approach the subject with tactile tools. The most effective teaching uses visual, auditory, and physical approaches. Using all the child’s senses makes learning both more accessible and more permanent. This language set comes with a Together Time Guide that helps parents take advantage of the 26 letter stampers, stylus, roller, and the double-sided playmats.

  • You'll love
  • Good pre-reading skill building
  • Good guide for parents
  • Watch for
  • No box or bag for tools
  • All capital letters, no lowercase
  • Playmats come folded and are hard to smooth out
  • Letters too small for young children

Recommended Ages: 2 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 6 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 2.2 x 12 x 13 inches
Weight: 2 pounds

#9

Play-Doh Ice Cream Castle

Best Play-Doh Ice Cream Set

What could be more fun than running a “real” ice cream shop? Kids can use the six ice cream discs to make faux ice cream, toppings, and extra touches. Then, they can serve the product in the four dishes and two cones. The discs allow ice cream to be extruded into different creative shapes. Accessories in the set let the kids top their creations with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles at the topping station. Once the creations are ready, they can go onto the included tower. This set comes with a confetti compound to that extra yummy touch. Check out the Ice Cream & Play-Doh  cartoons for kids.

  • You'll love
  • Fun food set
  • Good play with adults
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD
  • No container for pieces

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 6
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 3.2 x 12 x 13 inches
Weight: 2.88 pounds

#10

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Pizza Party

If your child loves the idea of being able to cook on a real oven and stove someday, she can practice her budding chef skills with the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Pizza Party set. She can set up an authentic pizzeria with every tool she needs to create amazing pretend pizza pies. This includes a pizza pan, paddle, delivery box, cheese grater, pizza server, a rolling cutter, and a dish and silverware. The pizza mold lets your kiddo create lots of crazy mozzarella cheese toppings. Want a side of spaghetti? The cheese grater can handle that, too.

  • You'll love
  • Set highly rated by parents
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 5 (2oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Dimensions: 2.4 x 9 x 9 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

#11

Play-Doh Noodle Makin Mania Set

Expand your restaurant to include some yummy noodles for your customers to enjoy. Your kids can make oodles of them with the four changeable discs that fit in the noodle maker. Want something fancier? Use the ravioli book mold and the lasagna cutter to expand the Italian offerings. They can even fashion ziti noodles with the Play-Doh Noodle Makin Mania Set. See if your guy wants to play with this set the next time you cook a pasta meal for supper.

  • You'll love
  • Great addition to other food sets
  • Good open play
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 5
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 3.2 inches
Weight: 1.85 pounds

#12

Play-Doh Magical Carriage Cinderella

Best Play-Doh Set for Girls

What is better than a fairy tale? The tiny enclosed Disney Princess Cinderella needs a sparkly gown for the royal ball. Luckily, your child has the Play-Doh tools to come to her rescue, just like a real fairy godmother. Don’t forget the swirly slipper! Next comes the carriage decorated with pumpkin vines. Like all princesses, Cinderella needs lots of sparkles, so there are two cans of sparkling Play-Doh compound in the set.

  • You'll love
  • Classic fairy tale pretend play
  • Sparkling Play-Doh modeling compound
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 3 (two sparkle and 1 primary blue)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 3.2 x 12 x 9 inches
Weight: 1.6 pounds

#13

Play-Doh Fun Factory Shape Machine

The Play-Doh Fun Factory Shape Machine is an excellent addition to your child’s Play-Doh collection. She only selects the shape on one of the two rails, then squeezes the compound through the factory. There are lots of ways to make multiple shapes, all the better to play and have a great time. The two attachments slide into the factory to help produce the forms. Just put in the primary-colored modeling compound and watch the forms appear to be used in imaginative play.

  • You'll love
  • Unlimited, no-fuss play
  • Good addition to collection of Play-Doh tools
  • Watch for
  • CHOKE HAZARD

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Cans of Play-Doh: 2 (2 oz.)
Accessories: Yes
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 3.1 x 7.5 x 6.3 inches
Weight: 15.2 ounces shipping

FAQs: All you need to know

Q What is this stuff made of exactly?

A It’s a secret, an no one will tell you the exact recipe. It is, however, a mix of flour, salt, and water. There are no peanuts, peanut oil, or milk byproducts. There is wheat in the product. Play-Doh is not for eating, so keep the kids and pets from trying out the pizza they just made. The compound is very salty and needs to be kept away from pets which could be harmed. If your child is allergic to wheat, they may have a reaction.

Q How can I keep a Play-Doh creation permanently?

A Play-Doh modeling compound is meant to create temporary works of art and fun. If you let it dry, the masterpiece will crack. To keep an artistic work, it would be best to go to a craft store and purchase modeling clay meant for the oven. You may instead want to take a photo and post on your social media to share with family and friends.

Q How do I soften Play-Doh modeling compound that is drying out?

A You can add water, of course, but only a drop at a time, then working it into the compound. When it’s the right consistency to work with the presses and factories, put it back in the can and seal. An alternative is to wrap a damp paper town around it before placing it in the container. It should soften by the next day. The third method is to use glycerin you find at a drug store. Put a little dent in the top and work a ¼ teaspoon of the glycerin into it. Repeat as necessary until the compound is softened. If your child has trouble with pushing the compound through the tools, try softening the Play-Doh with one of these techniques.

Q Can we make different colors of Play-Doh ourselves?

A Certainly, you can! You can make tan for pasta and bread youtube.com, brown for hamburgers youtube.com, or that rarest color black leftbraincraftbrain.com.

Q How do I clean bits of the compound from the factories and tools?

A The trick is to dry the compound out completely. Once it’s dry, take a toothpick, and it should be easy to flick and pry the dried product out of those pesky crevices. Check this demonstration www.youtube.com !

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for play-doh lovers

Use your Play-Doh to make magnets

Here is a clever trick to turn Play-Doh into your child’s own designs for fridge magnets from the Teaching Mama blog.

Lots of Play-Doh demonstrations

Learn how to make cool shapes with Play-Doh on the YouTube channel KateVolsh Play.

Toddlers learn colors with favorite toy shapes

A great YouTube channel From Fun Surprise & Kids Toys is aimed at toddlers who are just beginning to learn shapes and colors using Play-Doh.

Add to your food prep collection

Check out this collection of food fashioning ideas from Play-Doh Rainbow Swirl, Ice Cream Sandwich, Donut & More Desserts!

Quick Decision

Play-Doh Modeling Compound – Best Overall
This large package of Play-Doh will augment your supplies and help with the playsets that only come with tiny containers of the compound.

Play-Doh Crazy Cuts – Upgrade Choice
Crazy Cuts is a very engaging set of tools that will entrance kids with a new play experience outside the norm.

Play-Doh Fun Tub – Best Budget Buy
Another large set to add to your collection featuring a wide variety of tools and shapers.

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