Product Type: Tomy Art / Craft
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I can draw a rainbow!
Tomy Aquadoodle Rainbow
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Tomy Aquadoodle Rainbow
Advantages: No mess, colour, easy to use, easy to store
Disadvantages: Misleading box pictures
What do you get?
Included in the box is a 75cm x 75cm mat, the size seems to have reduced from when my nephew and niece were young but it is still a fairly decent size. My twins manage to both play on it at the same time so there would be plenty of room for one toddler. You can't draw on all of it either as it has colourful pictures which form a border. The pictures are eye catching for your little one though being a mixture of things including a rainbow, butterfly and aeroplane.
To draw with you get 2 pens, these are a larger version than those included in the mini mat sets and so are easier for little hands to grab hold of. The pens open and close in the opposite direction to that which you would think so open is anticlockwise and close clockwise. This prevents little fingers from opening the pens and tipping the water out.
Also included are 3 stamps which clip onto the end of the pens, these are a star, a cloud and raindrops. To get these to work straight away I run them under the tap when I fill the pens. The stamps help solve the problem of little ones sucking the water out of the pen nibs as they covered when the stamps are attached and these don't fit into their mouths as easily!
The final items for budding young artists are the paintbrush and no-spill pot. The brush is made of material not bristles and so easily absorbs the water for painting with. The no-spill isn't exactly no-spill, one of my girls had managed to soak her trousers within seconds of picking it up and I had only put a small amount in. I now only put enough in to just about cover the bottom so if it tipped upside down it does all go into the sides of the pot and not out the top.
Since receiving this toy a couple of months ago it has had almost daily use. I'm asked for 'rainbow, rainbow' and we start to draw and stamp and as the mat gets wet the colours appear. I must say that the promotional pictures for this toy are not realistic as there is no way you can recreate the drawings that they show. The mat has 4 stripes of colour each approximately 10cm wide and these are yellow, pink, blue and yellow again. Where the colours meet you then get small areas of orange, purple and green. This doesn't allow you to get the quick succession of colour change that the promotional pictures indicate that you can. Although I felt I had been misled this toy is aimed at those aged 18 months to 5 years and my girls love it!
They are currently too young to do much other than make the mat wet with the pens, do wet handprints and use the stampers. They do however enjoy myself and their Dad doing simple drawings, drawing round their hands and painting rainbows with the brush. As this toy is advertised as being suitable up to 5 years there is plenty of time for them to develop their artistic skills, unless they follow me and then it may sadly be a lost cause.
The great thing about Aquadoodle is that as soon as it dries out the pictures disappear and you can start again or pack it away with no mess to clear up. No mess is always good in my book as there is already quite enough in our house with 2 toddlers.
Price and availability
I purchased mine with my Tesco clubcard vouchers as part of one of their voucher exchange promotions so it was free. It's also available from Early learning Centre at the RRP of £24.99 but it is currently (November 2012) £19.97 on Amazon. I think the RRP is quite expensive for this and it is worth waiting for it to be on offer somewhere if you can.
Would I recommend?
Yes, Aquadoodle allows your little one to have fun and explore their creative side. The mat folds up small making it easy to store and easy to transport if you are going away. I think it is a great product and although I was initially disappointed that it didn't work in the way I thought it would it keeps my girls entertained for ages which is the main thing for me.
Summary: A colourful drawing toy for little ones.