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      27.05.2013 08:31
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      A good mess free board

      This was bought for my youngest daughter for her second birthday from Early Learning Centre, it was reduced to £18 at the time I bought it, you can buy similar drawing boards but I have never seen another one with pull out sides like this one.

      The board came packaged in a cardboard box which was easy to open and then the drawing board inside was all ready set it so Emily was pleased as she could play with it straight away.

      The board is available in bright colours or in pastel colours, the pastel one is what we bought Emily and it is very obviously for a girl being pink, lilac and green in colour. The board has lovely rounded edges so suitable for young children although it is stated that under 3's should not use the board but Emily has played with it from 2 year old with no issues and she was monitored with the board to begin with.

      The board is basically a drawing board in the middle surrounded by a pink surround and then it has a slider at the bottom for erasing the board. There is a pen attached with a piece of string at the top of the board and an indentation perfectly shaped for the pen to sit in when not in use. On the sides there are 2 pull out sections, the first section has 4 round stampers in it you get a flower, a heart, a star and I cannot tell you what the 4th is as my darling daughter has lost it! On the opposite side there is a triangle shape of plastic with a wheel at each point and each wheel has a different pattern on, your child uses it to roll across the drawing board and it transfers the pattern onto the board.

      Emily loves playing with her board and it saves me chancing her drawing on the walls with pencils, to begin with she was unable to push the slider to clear the board herself but now at nearly 3 she can do it herself without any problem. The board has a little wear to it and there are some indentations on the board where Emily has pushed down too hard on it but that hasn't altered the way the board works. The board is fun and we sometimes use it with our older daughter to write words on and have her read them or for her to write words on how she thinks they are spelt.

      This is a really good board and has the added extra of the roller which I have never seen on similar boards. You can buy cheaper boards than this but this one is durable, easy to play with and Emily loves it, this board has been on the go nearly a year now and there is plenty of life left in it yet.

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      08.01.2011 21:22
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      Would definitely recommend, even for younger children

      My daughter is very into pens and likes to draw on anything in the house, even the furniture. I therefore thought I would get her a 'magnadoodle' to allow her to draw as I'm fed up of getting crayon stains out of the sofa! I looked around for one and found this one on offer at the Early Learning Centre. It said for ages 3+ and they had another simpler version for ages 18 months to 3 years but I decided to go for this one as I wanted it to last for longer.

      ---The range:
      Early Learning Centre is a brand that I would generally trust to produce good quality products. The Early Learning Centre Super Scribbler comes in two different colours. There is a blue one and a pink one each with slightly different features; I will be reviewing the pink one.

      ---The features of the toy:
      The Super Scribbler comes with a large area for drawings to be done on. At the bottom of the 'screen' is a slider for deleting everything. Once pushed along it has an automatic retraction so will return on its own. Tucked into the back of the unit is a green handle so it can be carried around. At the top of the 'screen' there is a green pen that will only draw on the screen so you don't have to worry about pen stains anywhere else. It is also attached by a string so less likely to go 'walking off' as most other things do in our house. There are then two trays that fold out from either side. In the first there is a three ended roller that draws different patterns when rolled across the 'screen'. One side does a square type line and the others are 'wiggly' lines. In the second tray there are four stampers that work on the screen. I know these differ between models but in ours there is a flower, a heart, a star and a spiral.

      ---Our experiences:
      We got this as a Christmas present for my daughter when she was 17 months old. When my daughter first got this she wasn't sure what to do with it but after being shown that she could create pictures on the screen she soon got the hang of it. She enjoys scribbling all over the screen with the pen and sometimes tries it on paper and seems confused as to why it doesn't work there as well. She really likes the stampers and uses these a lot; unfortunately she also throws them around the room a bit as well... She can easily open the trays from the sides and take out the stampers and put them back again when she wants which is good. They seem to be quite easy for her to hold. The roller is a bit more difficult for her to get out as the tray needs to be fully open and she sometimes struggles with it, but once it's out she can use it easily and is able to put it away again. I have just shown her that it has a carry handle but at the moment she is more interested in pushing this back in again instead!

      ---My findings:
      I was very interested when I bought this toy to see if my daughter could use it easily. I had considered the ELC model for yopunger children and in fact we received that as a present as well. However, I found that this one was much better for my daughter (I'll review the other later). She was easily able to access the accessories and although she doesn't understand how to wipe the board, she enjoys watching the pictures disappear. You have to be careful with the little stampers if you have a child who likes to put things in their mouth, but we've had no problems and the only difficulty is that she likes to drop them on the floor instead.

      The other problem with this is that it is difficult to get the roller out - especially for little fingers but still for adults as well it is not the easiest. My daughter keeps going back to play with this and will sit on the sofa with it on her lap making patterns. It has also been a big hit with the rest of the family for drawing and writing little messages!

      ---And finally:
      I would recommend this product from 18 months rather than the 3 years as long as used under supervision. I personally would not bother with the younger version of this and would go straight for this one. I think it is a great product and would highly recommend it. It helps to build imaginative play, helps with creativity and also with writing etc as they get older. It costs £17 which is a bit pricey but I think this will last us a long time so will be worth it in the end.

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        02.09.2010 13:37
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        A great toy for a two or three year old

        ELC Super scribbler is a toy for young children which allows them to write on the screen which can then by wiped clean after every use.

        The super scribbler consists of a screen which is approximately 6 inches square which is surrounded by a plastic adge. At the bottom of the toy is a sliding piece of equipment which when pushed from left to right will automatically clean the screen as it comes back to the left. This is automatic and once pushed across will automatically clear the screen.

        On the top of the toy is a pen type toy which the children can use to write on the screen, this writes in a black ink on the silver screen. The toy also has two inserts in the left and right hand sides of the toy into which contain little disks which when pressed on the screen can be used to show cars, smiley faces, or flower shapes. The right hand side contains a little three wheel toy which can be used to roll on the screen to give a look of wheel tracks.

        The toy is aimed at young children of around 3-4, they can use the screen to draw on to their hearts content and then can be cleared repeatedly. This lets them play and have fun and they can probably for the first time use a soft tipped pen to write on the screen, the little discs are fun but I have noticed that they tend to be used as tools to push on the screen to give jet black lines. The little three wheel toy along with it has so far only been used occassionally so might be an indicator that this toy is a bit of an aside.

        This toy costs £17 which could be considered expensive but does give your two or three year old lots of scope to start their writing experiences and gives them a nice introduction to numbers and letters as they start preparing for learning their letters.

        Our little boy loves this toy and he loves scribbling on the screen, he sits down and loves making swirls and shapes as he sits writing on the screen.

        The little pieces can be a bit small so its best to keep the toy away from very small children like our 9 month old.

        Generally this is a great toy and makes a brilliant present for a two or three year old.

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          06.01.2010 16:07
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          Good for little artists

          We have two of these in our house. Both my daughters received one for Christmas, which at first I was a bit miffed about, but in hindsight it's a damn good job they got one each or there would have been a constant tug of war every day as they decided who's turn it was!

          They are priced at £17 each, which in my opinion is a bit pricey, but if you are a parent of young children you probably have an ELC 20% off voucher hanging about somewhere which will obviously reduce the price, and I have also seen these in the sales, so you don't always have to pay full price.

          It's one of those magic drawing things where you create a picture with the tools provided, then watch it magically disappear using the swiper and start all over again.

          This particular scribbler comes with a pen (attached with string which I think is too short), 4 stamps (heart, star, flower and swirly thing), and a 3 in 1 pattern roller. The pen sits in its designated slot at the top of the scribbler, and the tools are located in little slide out drawers either side of the scribbler. This I think is a great idea because I have seen similar toys like this where the tools just sit at the side of the screen and would be easily lost, but with this one they have a place to go and can be put away successfully at the end of each drawing session.

          The screen where you do the drawing is a pale grey colour, and the marks you make on the screen with the various tools are dark grey in colour. It's very easy to use; you only have to use the pen or 4 stampers very lightly to create a mark on the screen, although the wheel thing needs to be pressed quite hard to get a good print going on. But it would be a miracle if anyone knows a child who isn't heavy handed while drawing so this shouldn't be too much of a problem for kids.

          Once you have created your masterpiece, you can erase it by using the special sliding button at the bottom. You drag is across to one side and then it automatically pulls itself back to the other side, erasing your picture as it goes. My nearly 3 year old has no difficulties in using this aspect of the toy, although I have found her 'pushing' it back the other way because it travels too slow for her, which could be a problem if she ends up breaking it!

          I wasn't really sure why this part of the toy had to be mechanised, it would be a lot simpler if the child could control this eraser themselves and then they could erase their pictures as quickly or as slowly as they pleased, not have to sit there waiting for this thing to drag itself from one side of the toy to the other.

          That is the only real quibble I have with the toy, I am pleased with everything else about it. I like the way the drawings appear on the screen, because I have seen some cheaper versions where the lines can be a bit fuzzy and tend to join up if you draw lines too close to each other. Whereas with this one, you get a crisp clear line and you can draw some good quality pictures.

          I did initially think the screen might get damaged easily, especially by my 1 year old, but it has so far survived her jabbing at it with the pen. I have noticed a couple of black spots on the screen where she may have jabbed too hard, but this hasn't really affected either of their enjoyment with the toy.

          I think the roller tool and stampers are not particularly an important part of this toy and I think it would work just as well without them. Neither of my daughters have used these parts over and over again, they prefer to make their own creations using the pen - mainly scribbles from the youngest and spiders, bugs and ladybirds from the oldest. I suppose the stamps are just an extra gimmick and an older child may get more enjoyment from them, integrating the patterns into their drawings perhaps.

          What I love about these types of toys is that there is no mess. Children can create a picture, and if they don't like it, they can erase it and start again. My eldest daughter is a bit of a perfectionist and can go through sheets of paper if she doesn't get whatever she is drawing quite right, so if she uses this she doesn't create any mess in her quest for perfection.

          A toy like this is an ideal travel companion BUT, this version in my opinion is too big and heavy to take on a journey. We have a smaller (much cheaper from Tescos I think) version of this which is very lightweight and can be easily picked up and played with while a child is strapped into a carseat. This large ELC version would be no good for this type of use, but is exceptional for use at home.

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            05.01.2010 13:50
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            Five stars!

            My one year old daughter received this scribbler for her first birthday recently, and it is fab! It is based on the old etch-a-sketch idea, where kids can draw on the screen with a magnetic pen, and then it can be erased easily. However, this toy has the added bonus of having a screen clearer that when you pull it back, it clears the screen on its own. Also, incuded in the toy are a pattern roller that can be folded away in to one side of the toy and four magnets ( a heart, a snail type thing, a star and a flower) to print pictures on the screen, and can also be folded in to the scribbler itself. The pen is attached by a piece of string so it won't get lost, and best of all, they can learn to draw or just scribble without your walls or carpet bearing the brunt. Fab value at £17.00 from ELC, but often £13.00 in the sales. A great toy for about twelve months upwards.

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              14.06.2009 21:43
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              Doodletastic.

              My Daughter has been an artist in the making from a very young age. Not long after she learned to walk, she worked out how to find a stray pen or pencil left lying around by her older brother. Of course there is nothing more tempting to a toddler, for expressing your creative talents than a lovely, freshly painted, large wall. I would regularly find little, and sometimes big, scribbles around 2 foot off the floor.

              Keen to encourage her artistic skills I purchased crayons and pencils. The problem with these where that firstly, they required constant supervision. And secondly she seemed quite partial to the taste and would stick them in her mouth.

              So when it came to her second birthday and my mother wondered what gift to buy, I suggested the ELC Super Scribbler, as shown in the photograph above. The only difference between that one and the one I purchased was the colour. Ours is pink and lilac, in keeping with her little princess attitude.

              The ELC Super Scribbler if purchased today (14/6/09) would cost you £17, however I am positive my Mum paid more than this over two and a half years ago, £25 is the price I seem to recall. It is advised by ELC to be suitable for children aged 3+. My daughter was 2 when we bought it, but I had seen it played with elsewhere and decided it would be suitable for her.

              It's a magnetic drawing board, that works by running an attached pen with a magnet on the end, over the screen. It is housed in the thick, durable, high quality plastic synonymous with ELC products. It has a foldaway carry handle, making it easily transportable, and a switch that when pulled back and released will clear any doodles, revealing a new blank screen.

              The pen is attached very well to the frame by a strong string (that is not long enough to be a safety issue), is just the right size for little hands, and has it's own little groove to click it into and store when not in use.

              At each side of the frame is two pull out storage compartments. One side houses 4 'stamps', one each of a star, heart, flower and spiral (I am pretty sure that the blue scribbler has stamps aimed at boys, if that kind of thing is important to you). Each stamp is a flat piece of plastic with a little handle at the top. The underside has a magnet shaped in one of the above designs, and by simply pressing the piece lightly on the screen and removing it your left with an impression.

              The second compartment holds a roller tool. This instrument, also made with plastic, has three wheels, each with a magnetic pattern around it. Rolling this over the screen should provide a continuous zigzag effect.

              My daughter loved this toy from the minute she received it. She has played with it continuously for the two and a half years she has owned it and her doodling has progressed from scribbles to more sophisticated pictures.

              What I particularly like about this toy, is that it is so portable. The whole frame measures 38 cm x 25 cm, with the screen being the same size as an A4 piece of paper. This gives plenty of room to scribble on, but it's also quite flat and easily stored, usually under the sofa. It's a bit heavier than you might expect, due to the high quality of the plastic, but still light enough to be carried round. It's a great toy to send on overnight visits with the grandparents or take on long car journeys.

              The pen is really very well attached to the frame, even after almost three years and at times the whole thing being dragged around by it. This is another plus and sign of the quality and durability of this toy, as loosing it would render the thing pretty useless. The stamps are again very well made and easy to use and working really well to provide a lot of fun and pattern making. I did remove these when my daughter was younger if she was going to be left unsupervised for a minute. They are a good chunky size, however my daughter did like putting things in her mouth. While I'm not sure they would actually fit, I didn't want to take any chances.

              My two gripes with this toy are quite small, but gripes nonetheless. First is the switch that you pull along and release to erase your picture. It's on a spring, which is incredibly robust. A little too robust in fact meaning my daughter still struggles even now to pull it along herself. The flip side to this of course is that it still works very well, however it does get annoying when I've had to stop what I'm doing for the umpteenth time to do it for her.

              Second gripe is the roller instrument. I can't master the knack of producing a pattern, let alone my daughter, so while it rolls over the screen easily, the result you are left with is a straight line. A bit dissapointing when you would like a zigzag or wavy border.

              Small niggles aside, I really do rate this toy very highly and would definitely recommend it. While it's price seemed a lot when we purchased it, it's high quality and durability have made it worth any penny. My daughter has gone from scribbling, to designing pretty pictures, and has learned to write her name, alphabet and had endless games of noughts and crosses on this Super Scribbler, saving an absolute rainforest of paper. I'm never concerned that her creativity will result in an unwanted bit of artwork on the walls, the carpet, or indeed herself. After almost three years I amazed to find, while examining the toy closely, that it still looks as good as new, even the screen is unblemished. Having had similar cheaper toys that haven't lasted a quarter as well without breaking, I am delighted with this product.

              ELC get the thumbs up again from me on this toy.

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                Great product,

                This toy is a god send. My 3 yr old wanted a etch a sketch as her older friend had one, and this is a great alternative.

                These are available in pink or blue, and have a good sized rectangular screen, the handle folds back into the case of the scribbler so that when in use it is not propped up at an awkward angle.

                the foldaway sections either side hold a good range of stamps and a roller which creates different types of tracks, whilst the stamps are great for little hands the roller can be slightly difficult for children to manovere at first. i liked the fact that the pen is attached to the case which saves it getting lost, although it is long enough to draw all over the screen. it also has a automatic wipe away system, so children only have to pull the lever one way and it clears the screen itself.

                So far this toy has had 2 years of use and bashing about and the case has stayed intact. the only negative is the fact that if too much pressure is applied it can mark the overlay on the screen so that it does not look like it has cleared properly.

                Overall, a great investment and it certainly keeps the kids quiet!

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                26.10.2008 17:59
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                The Tomy one is better

                We have the pink Super Scribbler.

                It has a big rectangular screen, and a useful carrying handle. The "pen" is attached by a string so that it doesn't get lost. On each side is a fold-out section containing some tools.

                When you draw on the screen with the special magnetic pen it shows in darker grey. The four stamper tools are good for stamping a shape on the screen - a heart, flower, star, or swirl. The roller tool is more difficult to use as you have to roll it quite slowly - which children don't do. If you do roll it slowly, you get a fancy border pattern. There are three on the roller.

                When you are bored with the picture, you push the slider across the bottom. Then it whirs slowly back, clearing the screen as it goes. My daughter found it too stiff to push when she first got the scribbler, aged four.

                The screen is now pretty marked on ours. It has lots of black dots on it where it has been stabbed at with the pen, and some streaks where they have drawn too hard. There are also a few biro marks where someone has got confused and used the wrong sort of pen.

                However, it still gets used a lot. For some reason drawing a picture on it is more entertaining than drawing on paper. They do sometimes get upset if a sibling erases their picture though!

                At £17, this is quite expensive. We also have the Tomy MegaSketcher which is £10 in Argos. It is the same size and also has a handle, an attached pen, and four stamper tools. It doesn't have a roller but that doesn't get used much anyway. And the eraser is easier to use - my son can do it at 3.

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                  16.10.2008 22:23
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                  great toy to keep your child entertained for ages and so much fun

                  Similar designs of these have been out yearsd and have always been popular for very child.When i was young they used to be known as etch sketch wehre you turned the little knobs and drew a picture with it however the line would only go left/right or up/down so you never really got much of a recognisable picture from it.

                  However these new designs are great, they come in either blue and green or a girly one which is pink and green. Its a large screen with a pen attached by a piece of rope so it can never get lost and usually comes with some stamps to add different shapes to your picture. After theyve drawn a picture it can be easily erased for them to another one meaning your not going through heaps of paper everytime they want to draw. Theres no risk of getting pen all over the place as its a magentic drawwer so need for the ink.

                  These are very well built and take a lot to be destroyed which is great as often children dont look after their toys as well as they should meaning it lasts far longer.

                  Its also great for not just drawing pictures but teaching them to write, mummy can write a word then child can rewrite the word underneath then just rub it out when finished.

                  These are great and are usually around £20 unless on offer which is well worth the money and a must have for any child!

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                  I bought this at Christmas for my 2 and a half year old son. He loves drawing but when I'm getting ready for work in the morning, trying to keeping track of where he's scribbling with his felt tips is one stress too many! This is ideal - its chunky and srongly constructed with two 'pens', four stamps, two combs and two rollers set within a purple casing. Contact with the plastic drawing surface produces patterns, scribbles, shapes, drawing, writing - whatever takes their fancy. An orange slider switch moves a bar invisibly across the screen between the surface and the casing thus erasing the 'picture' - like magic - well if you're two and a half! I remeber something like this in flimsy cardboard from my childhood - this is a much more robust version. Having said that I was suprised when the rubber surface on one of the stamps fell off by Boxing Day - we can stick it when we find some glue. This item has won a toy award for quality etc so I guess we were just unlucky. It's a small fault! A possible improvement would be if ELC would sell replacement drawing surfaces that you could slot in. This is the flimsiest part of the toy, an over-enthusiastic child can dig in too hard with the 'pen' and make lines and indentations in the top surface that don't come out. He doesn't notice - it just irritates me as £15 is quite a hefty price to pay if you have a heavy handed child that ruins the surface quickly. From an environmental point of view I would also hate to have to throw away such a substantial amount of plastic when it could easily have it's lifevastly extended and be passed on through several children and friends etc if the screen were replaceable. ELC, if you read this, please take note! On the whole this was a lifesaver on Christmas day, quiet, no batteries and children andadults alike couldn't put it down. I wouldn't say it's a subsitute for having proper drawing
                  materials as the child can't keep its creations and there is no colour etc but as a quick option when you don't want to supervise and tidy up after a messy session, it's ideal. We've also found it's handy to bring out when shy or quiet children come to visit - placed on a low able or on the floor, they are soon scribbling away while my noisier pair racket around! There is also a travel version for the car and I understand a battery 'interactive' version. Myself I would stick to the original or the travel scribbler as I think the simplicity is part of the appeal.

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                    Pre-school children can be so creative! My daughter added a personal touch to my freshly painted lilac dining room with a vivid orange wax crayon, which has proved almost impossible to remove. The budding Michaelangelo also tried her hand at textile design using a biro on a cream suite. Apart from recommending that parents should choose soft furnishings in a more practical colour range - such as black - and choose a more washable paint for their walls that vinyl silk, I have come to the conclusion that prevention is better than cure. The Early Learning Centre Super Scribbler is the answer. The Super Scribbler is a board that can be scribbled on to their heart's content, and then cleared using a small orange slider. Very much like an Etch-a Sketch - remember those? - the Super Scribbler has a screen area a little smaller than a A4 piece of paper, and is set in a chunky plastic case. The Super Scribbler is suitable for children of 3 and upwards - becasue of the long cords that attach the pens to its frame. The case surrounds the frame and is in the classic ELC colours of lime green and purple, with orange highlights. The Super Scribbler comes with accessories: 2 rollers, one which looks like a line of tiny footprints, and another which looks like a narrow road complete with white lines down the middle. 2 combs, one with widely spaced "teeth", and one with narowly spaced teeth. These are really good for creating a river or sea effect. 4 stamps. A little man (very much like the gingerbread man), a sailing boat, a car and a dog. Finally there are two pens, attached to the Super Scribbler with nylon cords. These are chunky for small hands, and have a metal nib at each end, one small and one big. Both pens are the same. GOOD POINTS The Super Scribbler is very popular with my daughter, who loves to scribble away. It is a g
                    reat way for her to practice her writing without getting self-conscious, because she can simply rub out her efforts and start again. It is easy for children of 3 and upwards to make pictures even if they are not comfortable with using the pens - the stamps, combs and rollers make great pictures if used on their own. Writing or scribbling and then erasing has also gone down rather well with the adult members of the family - we are thinking of getting one to hang on the kitchen wall to write shopping lists and messages on. BAD POINTS The one thing I think is wrong with the design of the Super Scribbler is the length of the cords that attach the pens to the case. They are a little too short - if used in a landscape rather than portrait fashion, with the long edge of the Super Scribbler at the top, the cords simply aren't long enough to stretch across the full width - so the child ends up having to change to the pen at the other side. This does interrupt the flow a little. The same problem happens if you use the Super Scribbler in portrait mode - with the short end at the top - the cords are not long enough so the child will have to stop halfway down and use the pen from the bottom end. Another area of concern is that it would be easy to lose the accesssories - only the pen is attached to the case, the combs, rollers and stamps are loose. It could be helpful to keep the loose accessories in a bag or box so that they do not get lost. THE VERDICT A very good product. Even a child of 3 - the lowest age that the Super Scribbler is suitable for would benefit from this toy - if they can't use a pen very well there are the stamps, combs and rollers that they could use.

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                      My daughter started to show an interest for a scribbler after playing with one at a friends house. The only problem there was with the one my friend had for her daughter was that there was only one pen and the two of them where fighting over the pen a lot. So I thought it would be practical if I can get one with two pens and other accessories. So when I saw the Super Scribbler in the ELC catalogue my wish came true! Although it is a bit of an investment £15.00 but it's worth the money. It comes with two pens, 2 rollers, 2 combs and 4 character stamps. No mess and easy to put away because all the accessories fit in the frame. And my thoughts where right, there is no fighting over a pen or other item because there are enough to share. What is even better now is that ELC is selling a Super Scribbler Accessory Pack for £5.00, which is a set of stencils and stamps so more variety for your child. My daughter loves it and plays with it hours on end and her imagination runs wild when she starts drawing and if it's not right just wipe it out and start again.

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                        Not the write area i know to write about this but couldnt fit it in with "Toys" as i have already written about some other item in there! Anyway. I bought this item today. It is very similar to the Etch a Sketch that i used to have myself as a child but this version is truly tops. It is designed for 3 years and up and is lovely and chunky and brightly coloured and very sturdy. There are 4 printing accesories, 4 rollers and 2 chunky pens. My son loved it immediately and has not stopped playing with it. My reason for buying it is that my son is very much into scribbling at the moment and have recently stopped letting him as it was getting very messy and stressful for me. So when i saw this in out local Early Learning Centre i just had to get it. There is no mess, never run out of paper and many accessories to keep child entertained. Thank you so much ELC!

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                      With 3-in-1 pattern roller, 4 stampers, mechanical wiper, pen and tray. Age: 3 - 8 years