“ Age: 3 Year+ / Type: Craft Supplies „
My daughter loves anything to do with drawing, and at two years old, she is just started to get interested in Dora the Explorer. Put the two together and you come out with a drawing desk plastered in Dora the Explorer images.
This desk was bought for my daughter for Christmas by a relative, but I had secretly chosen it prior to Christmas and asked for it. As it comes requiring assembly, there were a few minutes as the desk came out of the box that my daughter was being very impatient, desperately wanting a go on her new toy, despite not knowing what it was at this stage.
The whole desk is made of durable plastic, and once put together it is very strong which is great. Ours came in purple, orange and green colours which is slightly different to the photo, but still looks nice and co-ordinates well.
We found each piece slotted together easily and required no screwdriver which is always a bonus, there were no batteries required either which was a nice change.
The base acts as a support for the desk top and the bench seat. The back of the seat has a slightly raised area of plastic to prevent children slipping off the back, but I wouldn't say any child under two would sit properly without falling off. The base is wide enough to support wobbly toddlers however.
The desk area is nice and spacious, being of approx an A3 size. As most children draw on A4 sized paper or smaller this is ample space for any imaginative toddler. My older daughter managed to put the large sticker on upside down which was a shame, but my younger daughter hasn't noticed or cared. Perhaps the design could be different to display the images rather than large stickers which anyone struggles to get one without causing bubbles at the best of times.
At the top of the desk there is a space for pens to slot in as well as larger pots to store crayons etc. The little holes on the top of the desk are double sized so you can slot a thin colouring pencil in or a fat crayon. I liked this idea for keeping things tidy, as well as encouraging children to put their things away as well as having their tools to hand when they need them.
There is also a side compartment on the desk which is slotted on the side. We use it to store felt tip pens and larger pieces of equipment such as paper as the compartment has slats in it. I wasn't really sure of the need of this extra space, but for storage I won't grumble. As my daughter gets older then it will probably come in handy for plenty of craft items.
You get a generous amount of crayons included with the desk, as well as a paint tray, felt tips, pencils and I think art crayons. A few sheets of colouring are included to get the children started which is great, but after that it's down to parental imagination.
We realised quickly that you can tilt the desk to adapt to your child's need. This is great for drawing at an angle, and then you can flatten it for painting.
Ever since my daughter received this she has used it more many purposes including eating her dinner from! I have learnt quickly that it is easy to keep clean as long as you wipe down immediately. I wouldn't like to leave felt tip stains too long, but the coloured plastic are nice deep colours that it would probably do a good job of hiding any stains.
Overall I think this was a great £24.99 invested. The desk will grow with my daughter as she gets older. It's easy for her young legs to get in and out of the bench seat and she has independence to sit and draw etc when she wants to rather than having to wait to be sat at a table.
Craft box includes felt tip pens, crayons, magnets, stickers, paints and much more! Desk features handy storage for all your accessories and creations.