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My little girl got this as a Christmas present from her auntie. At first we were a little disappointed by this toy as when we took it out of the box the mat was a lot smaller that it looks on the pictures in the catalogue. In reality it is around only around 30cm x 20cm. On the plus side it is very easy to use, just fill the pen with water and start drawing or attach one of the stamps included (either peppa's head or a cloud). Because the mat was smaller than we expected, we found that it actually makes a really good toy to take out and about as it rolls up easily and fits into my bag. We tend to go out for dinner with family every sunday and this toy is great to take out with us as we know that it will keep our daughter amused long enough for the food to arrive and we know that she won't ruin any of the furniture while she is colouring as the pen just contains water. We also found aquadraw very handy when our daughter found that she could colour on walls and the TV and it has saved us a fortune in redecorating costs!
My aunt brought this Peppa Pig Aquadraw for my 2 year old sister, it's the same as the original Aquadraw mats but the pen has a large Peppa Pig on it and there are 2 stampers included in the box.
It's one of them annoying toys that comes in a very big box but when you get the stuff out it's proper small and flimsy.
Aquadraw was brought out by Tomy a couple of years ago, it's basically a sheet of thin material which has a colourful border. You fill the special pen with water and when the child draws on the Aquadraw sheet a picture comes up. It's quite a good idea because it means you haven't got to give pens or crayons to little kids so there's no chance of them drawing on the walls or anything!
The problem is it's such a crap product, I can't believe the different Aquadraw sets have had such good reviews on here because I think this one was a waste of money for sure.
The drawing mat in this Peppa Pig set isn't very big, my sister is 2 1/2 and I reckon she could have done with a bigger mat than that. If you look at the Amazon link that comes up next to this review it shows a little girl holding the Peppa Pig mat, that's a clever photo because even though the little girl looks the same age and size as my sister the mat is nowhere near that big!
Also the pictures only come through in an inky purple colour and the mat is so sensitive that the slightest wobble of the pen in my sisters hand spoils her picture. It was funny on boxing day because she sneezed over it and the spray of her sneeze activated the colour in the mat so it looked like it was raining over her picture! lol
The pen doesn't hold a lot of water and the harder you press the more comes out of the nib, that's a bit irritating because it means constant trips to the cold tap for the adults. Another thing is that when it was brand new the water wasn't coming out of the pen very good and it took a few uses for it to start working properly.
The stampers are useless, forget them. One is a cloud and the other is a siloette of Peppa Pigs head but when you've pressed them onto the drawing mat they both come out as big purple blobs.... and that's when you can get them to put enough water on the mat to actually work at all.
I think my sister finds this a very boring toy, she hardly plays with it even though she loves Peppa Pig and normally goes mad for anything that has pictures of her on it. I know she gets mega frustrated when she's drawn her pictures and has got to wait for the mat to dry so she can use it again, I haven't timed the drying period because by the time she's used the mat once she doesn't usually hang about for it to dry and is off doing something else.
I reckon this was a big time waste of money. I heard my aunt say she brought this from Amazon so I know it was £14.99 but the quality of it is worth a fiver at the most. I would rather give my sister her proper drawing set to play with because at least she's going to be able to make a nice picture and unlike with this Aquadraw we can keep her masterpieces and not just watch them fade into nothing.