It was with much excitement that I headed into Boston one evening last week. I had been invited, along with other Boston bloggers, to try out DohVinci, a new Play-Doh product from Hasbro. An evening out is always welcome, and one where I get to be a little bit creative, all the more so!
On arrival we were handed a goodie bag containing Deco Pop tubes, a Styler and a set of design moulds. On the table were picture frames, chalkboards and keepsake boxes for us to decorate.
So, what’s a Deco Pop, how do you use the Styler and what on earth do you do with a little heart shaped mould?!
A Deco Pop is a tube filled with coloured Play-Doh. It’s not quite like the Play-Doh you will be familiar with, it is much smoother and more flexible. But, it smells just like proper Play-Doh! This compound will stick to a number of surfaces including wood, painted metal, cardboard, glass, paper and duct tape. It air dries over night.
The Styler is used to ‘draw’ with the Ply-Doh. You insert a Deco Pop into the Styler and then aim, squeeze and draw.
The moulds screw on the end of the Deco Pop allowing you to create little hearts/flowers etc. as part of your design.
The organisers of the event had kindly given us some cards to practice on first, allowing us to get a feel for how hard to squeeze, how hard to press down with the Styler and how fast to move it to get the best results. It took us adults a few minutes of trial and error before we were off, creating our own masterpieces!
So, how easy is it? Well, once I had got the hang of it, and there is a knack to getting it to ‘stick’ and to getting a continuous line, it was very easy. The moulds work brilliantly and the Styler is very easy to handle.
Does it harden? Yes, it does. It will feel dry and slightly spongy when it’s ready to display. However, if you knock it or scratch it, you will damage the design.
Is it fun?! Yes, I enjoyed creating with it, a lot! But, I wanted to know how it would appeal to its intended audience…
When I had mentioned to the 8yo and the 5yo that I was going to be trying out DohVinci, they were very excited. They had, of course, seen adverts, and they were desperate to try it out. The product is aimed at the 6+ age range, although the adverts I have seen are marketing to the tween (girl) audience.
My sons were very keen to try it out, they both love arts and crafts and we spend many a fun afternoon creating. In fact, my 5yo couldn’t wait, so while his big brother was at a birthday party on Saturday, he got some practice in (on a chalkboard that I had started at the event)!
It took him a little while to get the hang of it, but he was soon happily drawing and making hearts and stars.
At the event I had been given a couple of kits to try at home. So, after much pestering from the boys the following day, I opened the Door Decor design kit.
This kit was easy to put together, with clear instructions, although a little fiddly, so I put it together for the boys.
The boys got stuck straight in, and worked really well together to complete their design.
The 8yo then asked if he could try decorating something else, so I found him a glass and left him to it :)
The boys were both very proud of the finished results. Which, I think for first attempts, are really good. And, demonstrate that the product is easy to use, even when trying it for the first time. It certainly got the thumbs up from my two testers!
Each DohVinci design kit, and there are several to choose from, comes complete with the Deco Pops required and a Styler. Some of the smaller kits do not contain a Styler, but these can be purchased separately, along with additional Deco Pops. All the kits that I have seen are under $20, with the smaller kits (minus Styler) coming in at $5 and refill packs of Deco Pops at $4 (prices are comparable in the UK).
For a mum who buys a lot of craft products, these are very reasonable for the amount of enjoyment gained, and the length of time it has so far entertained my boys!
DohVinci is available online and from larger retailers (both in the US and UK).
A huge thank you must go to the organisers of the event, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and for the several hours of entertainment that DohVinci has already provided in my house :)
*Disclaimer: I was given product for use at the event, and two design kits to take home, free of charge, for the purposes of this review, however all thoughts, opinions and words are my own*