Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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Good idea but expensive and only 1 child can play at once
ELC Animal Magic Sounds Aquadoodle
Member Name: carlz2001uk
ELC Animal Magic Sounds Aquadoodle
Advantages: Creative play, mess free, animal noises
Disadvantages: Animal noises (!), expensive, only 1 pen
The Aquadoodle animal magic sounds is a great idea and we were really happy when my daughter received it as a gift. She did seem slightly old for it as we had given our old Aquadoodle mat away to a younger niece, but she soon had it out of its packaging and was doodling away once again. The mat is aged for 18 months to 3 years. My daughter is just turning 4 but she plays with it so well and actually practices her alphabet on it.
For those not familiar with the popular Aquadoodle, the concept is simple, it is a drawing mat with absolutely no mess at all. A plain white mat with a pen that you simply fill with water allows the mat to be drawn on, as it dries the image /masterpiece will disappear and the next time they play with it it will be a blank canvas so to speak once again.
The older mats when they were first released, as far as I can remember didn't have images underneath but these ones do and this is revealed as they begin to draw. I think it has also changed name as I'm sure when we first bought these years ago for our eldest daughter, they were called Aquadraw and not Aquadoodle.
The difference with this mat to the normal ones is that it has farm animal sounds which make farmyard sounds and tractor noises as they doodle away. This can get fairly annoying (but then most toys with noise do!!!) but the children will love it. For the older ones it is quite good as I was able to say to my daughter, what animal makes that noise, and how do you think you spell that. This allowed us to practice our phonics and made it fun and interesting for her to think about letters. Of course you can play games like this with most everyday tasks but my daughter didn't necessarily think she was learning as she was obviously playing with a toy while she was doing it.
My favourite thing about these Aquadoodle mats is they allow children to let out their creative side while creating no mess! I don't always have time when the girls decide they want to get paints / crafting items out, as they seem to ask at the most inappropriate times, but I can leave this mat and its pen in a place where they can get it out on their own and don't even need to ask.
The only niggle with this item is the fact it only has 1 pen with it. This causes massive arguments even though my eldest is far too old to play with it, it is at the end of the day creative play so she often likes to join in but has to wait till her sister has finished her turn. It would be no trouble at all for another pen to be added or even made available. Also, the item is really expensive! I didn't realise when it was bought for us how expensive this particular one is, until I just googled it - RRP £29.99 and I found it for around £26 on Amazon. Although it is a great toy, I just can't see how it could cost that much to make and have an RRP so high. I would expect this to be no more than £20 as a maximum, so it has to lose at least 1 star for this. The Aquadoodle desk drawing toy is also priced at £29.99 and I can't see how the two can be the same price....
The Box Contains:
1 x Large Aquadoodle mat
1 x Aquadoodle pen
1 x Magic sounds unit
1 x Instruction sheet
Require 3 x AAA batteries.
Summary: 3 stars
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