Product Type: Tomy Art / Craft
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Tomy Aquadoodle Peppa Pig Mini Mats
Member Name: hlb2009
Tomy Aquadoodle Peppa Pig Mini Mats
Advantages: Fun for very young children
Disadvantages: don't capture the attention of slightly older children for long
Both of my little ones absolutely love getting creative but I absolutely hate clearing up more mess then I need to! Often when we have 'creative' time they come away filthy covered in paint, needing a bath and the house needs a good clean too so I'm always eager to look for less messy ways to be creative and Aquadoodle luckily came along and made this possible! If you haven't heard of Aquadoodle and you have children then where have you been?? It is a fantastic way for children to be creative without causing any mess!
The idea of Aquadoodle is that children are drawing with water, not ink or crayons or anything that could get ground into the carpet or stain your furniture. I first heard about it when Hope was a baby and her friend had a big Aquadoodle mat. It was great and so we bought her one and now she has several sets. It is a brilliant invention and because it comes in various formats you should be able to afford one form or another whatever your budget.
Peppa Pig Aquadoodle
Peppa Pig is slowly taking over our house. We have Peppa Pig everywhere! She is a cartoon character and Hope has bought into this little pig hugely over the last couple of years. We have Peppa Pig blankets, toys, teddies, clothing, bags... everything! So when we saw that there were some Aquadoodle sets with Peppa on we couldn't really resist them.
In the pack you get 4 cards. These are slightly bigger than A5 and about 2mm thick so they're not huge and this is what I like because they're easy to store, I'm a bit fed up of children's toys and games that are huge and take up loads of space, these are much smaller so more practical. As well as the cards you also get the magic Aqua doodle pen which is a little red pen which you fill up with water. To fasten it you actually turn it the opposite way than you would expect which helps to deter children from opening it up. When the water touches the cards it helps the picture to show through, when it dries the picture fades. So although when you first look at these cards they are blank you can actually see the picture faintly which helps children to pick out the detail.
The pictures are all very bright which makes uncovering it really exciting. There's lots of Peppa Pig characters involved and not one scene is aimed at just boys or girls so it's ideal for both girls and boys which is always a good thing (in our house anyway!)
Playing with it
Firstly you need to fill up the pen with water which is really easy to do and then children put the pen onto the mat to have the picture appear. The nib of the pen is quite thick (about 5mm) so it's chunky enough to be effective but not so big that it is difficult to control. The pen isn't all that chunky but Hope has never had a problem holding it and nor has her little brother. Hope loves just drawing all over the mats to have the picture appear and gets so excited when she has completed a whole picture. Her little brother likes to get involved too and it's helping him learn to hold a pen and get control over it. After a few minutes though their attention seems to wander and it's no longer as fun, I think because it isn't really messy it isn't as exciting as if they had real pens!
There's an educational element with this toy. It helps children to learn to hold pens and to discover colour. I wouldn't say it's hugely educational though because all they are doing is uncovering the picture, they aren't choosing colours for themselves or trying to colour within the lines. It's all a bit scruffy really which is why it's best aimed at little children about 2 years old rather than those who are about 4 as it's just not stimulating enough for them. Hope will play with it for a few minutes but that is all. My little boy will play with it for much longer and seems fascinated by the picture uncovering.
I love that this is mess-free! The only mess is if the water leaks or runs and then all you have to do is dry it and it doesn't stain or anything. My negatives with this is that the cards stain easily we have had greasy fingers touch this and that tends to stay on the card and it is spoilt forever which is a shame. The other negative I've mentioned already that it's not really all that stimulating. It is ideal for really little children who are discovering holding pens and having a good scribble and they're only compact so they don't take up much space which is always a bonus! The cards are suitable for boys and girls and they are nice bright cheerful pictures so are very well designed really. I won't buy any more because I don't think they're stimulating enough but I am happy with them to let the children continue to use these. It's nice to have mess-free time!
Summary: They're ok