Product Type: Tomy Art / Craft
Newest Review: ... water and then use them to draw on the mat ie the kids are just drawing with water essentially which changes to colours once in contact... more
Fun water play, but leaves the carpet soaked!
Tomy Aquadoodle Rainbow
Member Name: MsTricia
Tomy Aquadoodle Rainbow
Advantages: mess free, simple to use and fun to play with
Disadvantages: may have some wet carpet from time to time!
My daughter sure has mastered the art of making as much mess with as little effort and tools as possible. In the blink of an eye our living room can go from neat tidy to looking like a bomb has exploded! As I'm sure most parents will agree, it can sometimes seem like the little one has all the toys in the world and so I was running out of ideas myself what to get her for her last birthday, but after seeing a very fun-looking convincing advert on channel 5 I decided to get her this aquadoodle mat so she could do 'painting' without the after effects of the paint everywhere!
- The Product -
It is essentially a playmat where by using water it draws pictures with colour. It is a waterproof mat, with a type of plastic sheet on the bottom and a white fabric top which can be drawn on. It is quite visible to see the colours underneath the white fabric upper which is a rainbow design of red blue green and purple. Designed around the edge is a fabric border which has pictures of a rainbow, a bird, a sun, balloons, butterflies and a helicopter. The pictures are very bright and funky and at the top of the mat it says Aquadoodle (the brand) and Tomy (the manufacturer).
-Inside the box -
This mat in particular is one of the more basic mats, and is slightly smaller than the more expensive ones available in the market. Inside the box, the mat came folded into four quarters, and is very lightweight and takes up minimal space. It is a reasonable size, 74.5 x 74 in length and width and extremely thin at 0.4cm. This rainbow mat only comes with 1 aquadoodle pen, a simple fabric type brush and it came with 3 stamps in the shape of a heart, a star and a triangle (if my memory serves me well!)
- How to use -
The product is really simple and straightforward to use! Simply fill the pen with water, and get drawing! Applying the pen to the mat, allows the water to flow out freely and this brings up the colour on the mat so appears as though drawings are in different colours. Once the water dries, it is all completely blank and plain again so can be re-used time after time making it very re-usable!
- My opinion and Usage -
When I saw this advertised on TV I thought it was a brilliant concept and the answer to my prayers! I'd often tried to engage with some arts and crafts activities at home with my 2 year old on days off, and I know how much she loves painting, but it always was the case that regardless of how much newspaper I laid down she found a way to make mess and get it on the carpet! One great thing about the aquadoodle is that it literally is water, so it wasn't going to stain my carpet or cause me a reason to get my vanish spray out and be scrubbing the floors.
Using the mat is simple, easy and so straightforward. Being her 2nd birthday my daughter easily grasped the concept of the mat and had fun playing with it straight away. It was very entertaining and interactive and we have spent loads of afternoons doodling on this mat! Drawing around her hands and feet, drawing all sorts of farm yard animals (I really can't draw to save my life by the way!) and learning to write her name, even though she is only 2, there are endless things to do with this mat!
It comes with plenty of equipment so the stamps are a lot of fun to use, I simply filled a small shallow bowl with cold water and she would dip the stamp in the water (as if it is paint) and then press it down on the mat and it will show the shape e.g. a star. Sadly a year onwards, I cannot find any of the stamps as they are relatively small and my daughter has a penchant for taking things out with her whenever we leave the house in her pockets so by now they really could be anywhere! The pen is a bit fiddly, as it is opposite to use in comparison to what I expected. To unscrew it, it needs to be twisted clockwise (with a lot of arm strength I might add!) to remove the 'head' so to speak and then put the water in. I find turning on the tap so the water is barely dribbiling out is the optimum way to fill the pen as it is very thin and so overflows easily and quickly. The pen was a bit hard to use at first as it needed to be pressed down quite hard on the mat for the water to flow through the tip onto the mat to be used, but after a bit of usage it was very simple and straightforward. The "brush" it comes with, just simply needed to be dipped in water and then do strokes across the mat for the desired painting effect.
With the brush and the stamps needing to be dipped in water, I often leave a small pot of some lying around, which almost always gets knocked over by her so I don't do too much so my carpet isn't completely soaked! If there was an ingenious way so water was already inside them like it is with the pen it would definitely be much better, but I can't quarrel with this product on this basis too much!
Only having one pen is a bit of a bummer as my daughter likes me to play with this with her so means we have to take turns on the drawing, so I'd actually have preffered 2 pens and no stamps to be quite honest but que sera sera lol.
I really like this mat and over the year my daughter has really enjoyed playing with it. Sadly now Miss Clever Clogs has worked out the concept of it and now just goes to the bathroom, fills a cup with water and pours it all over the mat as apparently this is much more 'entertaining' but leaves her bedroom floor like a swimming pool so I now have to hide this mat so she can only play with it with my supervision! I still think she has got a long time yet playing with it, so as a gift or toy it has got a lot of use and I definitely recommend it!
I bought it from argos last year for about £20 and have seen it now on amazon for £20.39 so not too bad in terms of inflation haha! It is recommended for ages 3 and up but my daughter had it when she was 2 and we had no problems, she loved playing with it and of course I was always there playing with it alongside so I really think this age is just a guideline.
For anyone looking for some creative fun at home, that doesn't create anywhere near as much mess (just a few spillages of water occasionally!) then this product is for you! It's fun, funky and so simple to use and keeps my little one entertained which of course is so hard to do with their attention spans these days!
Summary: fun creation from aquadoodle for a mess free creative drawing experience