Eco play dough – is it worth the dough?

Mama K's Aromatic Play ClayWe’ve all got play dough connoisseurs for children at Cool Mom Picks, so I know that a few of the organic versions I’ve had a chance to try out recently have some tough standards to live up to. Past pick Eco-Dough so far is the benchmark, with great texture, vibrant colors, a new and improved formula, and some really gorgeous packaging.

Another option that I just discovered through the Goddard School and Eco Child’s Play, and their new list of top ten rated eco-toys, is Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay (left).
These doughs smell amazing. AMAZING. And I don’t use all caps a lot. Organic essential oils like cardamom, bergamot and chamomile keep kids’ noses in it as
much as their hands.  The dough itself is gluten-free and has a nice pliable texture, if a little stickier than the big brand stuff you’re used to. Two Play Clay-coated thumbs up.

Fairly new on the block is Miss Brittany’s Organic Fun Dough (right). Created by a NYC preschool teacher, the deluxe fun dough kit has a real homemade feel to it which is actually kind of charming. Miss Brittany's Organic Fun DoughThe very cute box is s ready-packaged for gift giving with a kid-sized rolling pin, a sweet organic apron, and some wooden shapes called “stampers” (although they might better suited to their own craft projects than stamping anything).  You actually get a ton of dough in here, so ration it out just a little bit at a time unless you like scraping it all off the floor all at a time.

The one thing is that you have to refrigerate the dough first, as directed, or end up with a big gooey mess which is what happened to me. What can I say, I was eager. I still think the consistency could use a little work. But she’s got some new products coming down the pike I’m looking forward to seeing. -Liz

Find Eco Dough, Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay, and 
Miss Brittany’s Organic Fun Dough all online through their websites.

Looking for more eco-friendly kids’ toys for holiday gifts this year? Find great green gift ideas in Cool Mom Picks’ 2009 Holiday Gift Guide!

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.

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