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I spotted this in home bargains whilst shopping a few months ago and decided to get them for my daughters as stevie is hello kitty mad and they are ideal for the other two as well. Plus this way it stops them fighting over one as they all love things like this despite my elder two being 8 and 9 years old.
If you are familiar with the aqua draw concept then this is just the same but if not I will explain.
You get in this set a drawing board and a pen. The pen is not like a normal pen with ink in it, you fill this pen with water and draw onto the board with it and the colours appear so there is no risk of your child drawing on anything they are not supposed to like furniture and walls so it really is less messy but I wouldn't say mess free as the pack suggests as my youngest daughter likes to tip the water out of the pen onto the floor.
One your child has finished drawing with this you just leave it to dry and the colours disappear again so you can use it all over again. If you want it to dry quicker wiping it over with a cloth does help with this to remove excess water.
These are designed with children above three years old in mind and to be honest although my two year old really enjoyed using this she did tend to squeeze the pen to hard and press down on it too hard which both of made too much water leak out.
I earlier compared these to the aqua draw concept as they both work on the same lines but I do feel that these are poorer quality than the aqua draw mats and wont last as long.
This is a review of Hello Kitty Water Wow! Which I bought recently for my daughter to play with. It is described as a mess free magic board and uses only water to draw pictures on the small board.
What is it?
The board is around about A5 size and is styled a bit like a clipboard. You are also given a pen which you fill with water. You have to use your imagination to draw on the board and a colourful pattern appears when the water makes contact.
The packaging was easy to open and the pen quick to fill with water. It only takes around 10ml of water so is not messy and lasts long enough for a few goes. My daughter is younger than the recommended age but we played with it together and she soon picked up the idea. The board is multi coloured underneath so as soon as she scribbled on it, a vivid pattern appeared and she laughed with glee. The pen is like a chunky felt tip on the end and the line was quite thick that she drew. I found the water also spread quite quickly so it was difficult to draw something precise. It was a very 'wet' pen and you could spread the water out with your hands to make it more messy. As the board is small it quickly filled up with the 'drawing' but you then have to wait for the board to dry out so you can start again. Within 20 minutes it was ready to go again. When you are a child, 20 minutes can be a long time to wait!
I thought this was an OK toy to play with for early drawing but I can see my daughter getting bored quickly of it. Obviously it's a plus point for us that it is Hello Kitty branded and she did enjoy using it whilst in her high chair. The board is quite small so it is not an activity that lasts very long. For the price paid, I won't be complaining but I would not rush out to buy another board any time soon.
Price and availability
I paid just 99p for this toy at Home Bargains but the RRP is £5.99. I am not sure it is worth the full RRP but it is definitely worth 99p!
This was an OK distraction for a short while but the board filled up quickly, it was not easy to draw precise items as the water spread on the page. It is good that it is reusable but takes a while to dry in between drawing sessions. It might be a good distraction on a journey but then if the pen runs out of water you will be fiddling with trying to refill it too. The mess free factor gets a thumbs up from me but I'm afraid there's not a lot else I can compliment this toy on. Two out of five stars from me.