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Tomy Disney Princess Aquadraw.
My daughter hannah received the disney princess cinderella aquadraw for christmas 2010.
As this was a gift i had no idea how much this cost or where it was bought from however after a little a look on the web i found this toy at various prices from £19.99 to £35.00 and available from ebay uk, amazon uk, toys r us, toymaster and john lewis.
Tomy cinderella aqaudraw is for age 3 years and up as stated on the box. The aquadraw toy comes in a pink cardboard box with pictures of cinderella and the mat on it. The box is quite compact and has a plastic carry handle at the top of the box. After we have finished play i pack the mat and accessories back it to the box to keep them all together and easy storage.
In the box their was the aquadraw mat, one pink pen, one pink roller pen and cinderella with her prince figurine on a plastic base.
The aquadraw mat is quiet big and requires floor space to be played with. The mats measures around 40 inches long , wide and is a square shape.
Around the edge of the mat is a pink border and has a design of cinderella themed items such as pictures of the glass slipper, peral beads, a carriage, ribbon etc. The white part of the mat is where you draw on with water, the back is plastic so no water or leakages will seep through to the carpet.
The aquadraw pen and roller have felt ends where the water comes out, these screw off and on so i can fill them with cold water. Their are small arrows on both pens stating witch way to twist to open close as its the opposite way you would open and close a bottle get a little confusing if not looking at the indicator arrows. Also a line stating where to fill with water.
The pen and roller ends are chunky , easy to draw with and hold. The ends where the water comes out so you can draw are made from felt, this is also a good thing because the felt stays nice and moist but does not let much water out even when pressed down hard on the mat. The roller takes a while for the water to seep through on as the felt is so thick however i always wet the roller under the running tap after i have filled with water so it can be used straight away and by the time the water comes though its still nice moist and usable.
The roller is one witch makes the tracks on the mat for cinderella and her prince to follow and dance on. It leaves a track with two straight lines but with cute full love hearts in the middle making the track look very pretty.
Cinderella and the price are one joined plastic figure sat onto of a plastic base. This base has two small metal prongs with sensors so it can follow the track with two tiny rubber wheels at the back making it easy for the base to spin around in any direction. Also on the base is an on / off switch, a small speaker that plays a very loud annoying princess themed tune, a batter compartment that takes 3 x aaa batteries.
Me and my daughters were excited when trying this toy for the first time and i was surprised how much fun it was. As i said we cleared the floor to make space to play and lay the mat out flat. The mat is cotton on top feels nice and soft so we filled the pens and my daughter practised writing her name , she was thrilled as the water makes the mat turn pink so she had her name and scribbles in pink. She really enjoys free drawing and writing all over the mat. The mat only took 15 minutes to dry out so we started all over again this time with the roller and made a track all the way around the edge finishing in a somewhat circle in the middle of the mat. Hannah then switched on cinderella and lifted her on to the track, we watched in amazement and listened the the tune while cinderella danced around the track with her prince spinning and twirling around.
This is a real nice toy that can be played with creatively and is a load of fun too. It must be good because my daughter is still fascinated and still playing with it now three months , she loves it. Very entertaining
Should the mat get dirty or marked it can be hand wash and left out to dry, comes up good as new.
This really is a lovely fairytale toy and a must for little princesses.
I highly recommend!
Tomy Cinderella Aqua Draw
My little one loves drawing, though can be very messy with pens and paints and for some reason does not like crayons! This is where the great idea for Aqua Draw mats really come in handy.
We bought this Aqua Draw in the sale for about £15.00, though it retails at double this price usually, and although it is a great drawing toy for youngsters, I do not think I would have paid the full price. It is recommended for children age three years plus, but to be perfectly honest, as long as your child can hold a pen and keep things from their mouth, then this works for younger children too.
The mat is in a lovely mix of pinks and whites with the main drawing area in white and the outsides a pale pink. When water is added to the white parts of the mat, the 'drawing' comes out a pale pink colour to match with the mat itself. It is quite a large mat and allows for a lot of drawing as well as my youngster sitting on it and drawing around her. The only small gripe I have with this mat is the fact that the water takes forever to dry and so once it is all full up, my little one gets quite frustrated that she can not do any more drawing. We have purchased some Aqua Draw mini-mats to pass the time of waiting for this main mat to dry!
As well as the Cinderella mat, this drawing toy comes with two water pens, both of which undo easily and are filled with cold water. The first is a simple pen to draw with and the second has a small attachment which creates a path for Cinderella to dance along. The Cinderella I am talking of is a small plastic figure of Cinderella and Prince Charming which dance around magically following the line you have drawn by the sensor on the base. This picks up any water marks on the mat, though, so if there are more than just one line which happens a lot with children, then Cinderella gets quite confused and dances off of the mat! Luckily, my little one prefers the actual drawing and uses Cinderella as a separate toy that dances so doesn't mind when she runs off of the mat.
Something to be careful of is spills onto the mat such as juice spills. These do not dry out like water alone and leaves faint pink marks on the mat which do not come off and hinder drawing over it. The same can be said if the mat is put away without drying properly.
I would certainly recommend this drawing toy though I would say that it is much better in the sale as too many things can go wrong with it for the top price of £30.00!
My daughter absolutely adores Cinderella and after demolishing her original aquadraw this seemed like the perfect replacement.
I purchased it when it was £29.99 which I do believe a little expensive for what it was.
It has the features of an original aquadraw that the child can draw anything they wish with the pen provided. For a girly girl this had the added bonus of the water sending the white aquadraw pink where it was written on.
You then have a roller which creates a star path for cinderella and her prince to follow. Although this is a great idea in principal they did not always follow the pattern. If the pattern started to fade then the sensor does not work properly. This also happened if the pattern was broken due to water not coming out of it properly. Perhaps not a big drama but it is when you have an impatient child waiting to play with it but needing it to dry out before she can get it to work properly.
The other problem we found is that if Cinderella came off the track she would struggle to get back onto it.
As with all aquadraws the one problem is the drying time. Once the child has drawn on it before it can be used again it needs to dry.
Also cleaning the mat was a problem and they do get dirty. For the amount of money I spent I do expect it to washable in some way or last longer.
This was a Christmas gift for my daughter last Christmas, at the time she was nearly 2 so a bit young (in my opinion) for this, mainly because the age on the box says 3+, and she wasn't even 2 at the time.
Anyway, what you get is a large mat, two drawing tools (a pen and a wheel which when rolled produces a row of stars) which have to be filled with water before they'll work, and a Cinderella and Prince Charming(??) musical thing which plays a ridiculous tune and is meant to 'follow' your drawings on the mat.
The two drawing tools are easily filled; you just unscrew the base, top up with water and screw the lid back on. The pen starts working straight away, but the wheel takes ages for the water to come through and I find myself rolling it around the mat several times before it starts to work. This not only frustrates me, but it also frustrates my daughter because she doesn't understand why I am playing with her wheel, and why nothing is happening.
The mat is very large (105 x 90cm), so the only place your child can play with this is on the floor, which is ok I suppose, but my daughter usually likes sitting to a table when she is colouring. It is pale pink in colour with a pretty 'princess' type border. When you use the pen or the wheel, your scribblings come out in a dark pink colour. This is quite nice and the pen gives a lovely thick line, so it is easy for a young child to scribble with it. I've found the stars to be a bit hit and miss you have to press quite hard to get a good solid row of stars.
The first time I got this out for my daughter she was quite keen to get scribbling with the pen on the mat, but once she realised it was only one colour then she got bored quite quickly. So I got the Cinderella dancing model out which I thought might entertain her as she danced around the mat. But this annoyed her more than anything and the repetitive tune drove me insane, but it also irritated my daughter because she asked me to put it away!
Cinderella is meant to follow the rows of stars, but I've found she likes to go off track sometimes and can get lost and often not even find her way back. I did actually think this part of the toy was rubbish because first of all the tune is highly irritating, and second of all, the main point of the mat is for drawing, so who wants an annoying Cinderella model dancing all over their drawings!? Certainly not me, or my daughter.
Once you have finished using the mat, all you have to do is leave it to dry and your drawings will magically fade away. I found that the colour takes a while to fade so if your child is someone who likes to draw a lot, then they may get agitated waiting for the mat to clear before they can begin another creation. On the other hand, some children may get annoyed if their picture clears too quickly, it's a no win situation!
So on subsequent occasions when I have got this out for my daughter to have a go with; it has never been any more successful than that first time. She seems to think that it's not really for drawing with and soon gets bored. You see she is quite an excellent little artist for her age, she can draw many things, but she just doesn't seem to want to draw anything on this mat. The only thing she has attempted to do is colour in the entire mat, which requires me to refill the pen quite a few times before she has achieved her goal! And she also ends up asking me to finish off colouring in the mat which is not my idea of fun.
So although I think the idea behind the toy is a good one (i.e. no mess!!), it just doesn't keep my daughter entertained, and for the price (£29.35 on Amazon at the mo) I just don't think it's worth it.
I bought this for my daughter for christmas as she is a huge disney princess fan although she has only played with it once! You draw with the pen or the roller and cindereall and prince charming are supposed to dance along the path you draw whilst playing a tune from cinderella (not sure which one). Although they often go off the path. It is meant to be able to relocate the path if it falls off it and 70% of the time it does. The roller isnt easy to use as it draw very faint lines and you need to press so hard which my daughter does not have the patience for. Its very pretty and "princessy" witht he pink border and pink water marks. Prince charming and cinderella is made of hard durable plastic but you can hear the motor over top of the music playing. it takes 2 x aa batteries
I suggested to the grandparents to get my daughter the Tomy Cinderella Aquadraw for her 2nd birthday after noticing her ooh'ing and ahh'ing at the advert every time it came on TV!
My mum brought it from Argos for £29.31, you can also purchase it from around the same price at all good toy shops.
The Cinderella Aquadraw comes in quite a large but not heavy cardboard box which is decorated very pink, pretty and eye catching.
The mat is 105 cm x 90cm which is quite big (not huge) and requires a fair amount of floor space. It has a border around the outside of it. The border is really girlie and Cinderella themed. It has beads, ribbons, hearts, glass slippers, horses, cotton reels and balls of wool on it. The mat itself (on which you draw on) is white with a slight light pink tint.
There are 2 writing accessories for the mat - one is a water pen and one is a water roller. They are both made from plastic and can be easily unscrewed to pour small amounts of water inside. Once they are both filled with water they are ready to use. Neither of them leak or spill which makes a nice change. The pen draws and writes whatever you desire, the roller is used to make a trail made from stars. The water also seems to last a while until it needs refilling.
A plastic toy of Cinderella and Prince Charming is also included. The toy requires 2 x AA batteries, which aren't included. Cinderella is wearing her beautiful trademark blue dress and Prince Charming is wearing red trousers and smart blue and yellow jacket - they are facing each other and holding one hand as if they are dancing together. The base of the toy has wheels on and some sort of sensor with 3 little metal prongs on. It also has an on and off switch.
Once the water pen hits the mat it turns bright pink. It looks just like it would if you got a bright pink pen and went over it. The same applies to the stamping roller which creates a trail of pink stars at it goes. To use Cinderella and Prince Charming on the mat, just flick the button to 'on' and place it on the trail of stars which has been made. The toy automatically picks up the trail and follows it. Cinderella and Prince charming spin in circles along the trail and appear to be dancing. If they lose the trail (if the trail is broken or fading) then the toy turns itself around and follows the trail back the way it came. I have no idea how it works so please don't ask! It just seems so clever. Once the toy has been turned on it plays a fairytale ballroom type of music which is really sweet and not too loud or annoying for adults. It is slightly repetative though! If the toy gets puts on the mat without a trail to follow then it just glides around the mat in circular motions.
There is no need to clean the mat off as the drawings just dissapear within around 5 or 10 minutes when the water has dried up, which makes space for more drawing.
Although the mat is quite big, it is really lightweight and can be folded up small which is really good for storing and travelling with. The whole thing is totally easy to wipe clean too.
When she opened her present she was so pleased and realised what it was straight away. This was also the one present which she and her cousin chose to play with throughout the rest of the day. She has also been having lots of fun with it by herself since.
The great thing about Aquadraw is not only is it fun and unique but it is completley mess free. It is recommended for 3 + years. I hope and am quite convinced that this is one of her toys that will stand the test of time.
I have noticed that the roller has become slightly awkward to use - it takes a few attempts to get the water to come out. I have also noticed that if there are water marks around the trail, then Cinderella and Prince Charming get confused and go in the wrong direction! For this reason I have deducted a star but still think it's a quality toy.
My toddler has loved drawing right from when she learnt to hold a pencil, and she in turn has loved her mini aqua draw mats that she has had at her young age. When I saw the large Cinderella aqua draw mat on offer at Amazon I couldn't resist it for her. Despite the recommended minimum age of 3 years, I knew enough to know she wasn't going to do any harm with a water filled pen and a drawing mat. She may need supervision with the Cinderella toy that comes with the mat but I can easily watch that.
The mat is a dual layer effect, which shows through the pink undercarriage when water is placed on the top layer. Brightly done out with a pink border and white centre, it's plenty big enough at approx half a meter square for any child to happily sit in the centre of it to do some doodling.
Included with the mat are also two water pens, one a standard pen and the other has a trail foam attachment to it to create the path for Cinderella to dance on.
The added extra to this large mat is the Cinderella and prince charming plastic toy that adds that something extra special to this mat.
Cinderella is designed to waltz about on the tracks drawn for her by the young artist. This is done by inserting two AA batteries into the base of Cinderella's toy and popping the happy couple on top to swan around the mat.
There is a sensor in the base unit of Cinderella that is designed to pick up any water tracks made by either the large pen of even the smaller pen. As the unit is switched on and detects these tracks then you will be able to watch the unit move around until it runs out of track.
I felt this part of the mat left the product down slightly, as it took us ages to get the unit to work correctly. To start with Cinderella just whirred a quiet sound as we placed her on the track and she didn't move anywhere.
Eventually after a lot of prodding and placing her on differing areas of water tracks we did get Cinderella to move.
My daughter isn't overly bothered by this part of the toy at her young age and for that I am thankful because Cinderella is now sitting on her shelf as a decoration looking very pretty.
Back to the mat, and with both the pens, my daughter will literally spend ages sitting down doodling onto it in her hap hazard toddler way. I know as she gets older and providing the mat stays with us that long then she will enjoy drawing actual pictures and being able to indulge in letting the picture fade away after as the water dries to be able to use the mat all over again.
This mat is invaluable for parents as it's a great way to allow children to draw without making any mess with accidental scribbles off the mat. As you are only using water then no extra mess can be made. Even if the child gets the lid off the pen (which is designed to do up and undo backwards to avoid this very reason), then all you have wasted is a thimble full of water as the pen doesn't hold very much at the same time.
I have noticed a few minor disappointments to this mat after constant use. My partner folded it away whilst there were still some distinct drawings on the mat, and the following morning when we got it out again we noticed that there were faded pink marks where the water hadn't dried properly. The marks are still there now so I would advise letting the product dry completely before folding and putting away.
The pen itself is quite small so for a fanatical artist you could be re filling the tube quite often, but also on the other side of the coin, when the toy is put away you should remember to empty any excess water out of the pen as it can ruin the pen nib over time if you don't.
I was lucky enough to get this on half price offer at £14.99 at Amazon after Christmas, and whilst I think I got a great bargain for this price, I'm not entirely convinced it's worth the £29.99 it retails at. I don't think even for older children it needs the Cinderella attachment; however I can see a short lived appeal to it. The mat will have longer popularity for the drawing aspect of it not the dancing plastic toy that may or may not go depending on the sensor and the amount of water involved.
Even for my toddler I think it's a great addition to her toys. It's given her a large surface she can sit on or lie next to and doodle when she feels like it. I also don't have to keep masses of pieces of paper with her first scribble on them (of course I'll still have these but this channels her drawing energy in a different direction).
My daughter recently celebrated her 5th birthday and as a gift we bought her a Disney Cinderella Aquadraw playmat.
I had been looking at the Aquadraw mats for a long time and had asked for the travel version for my youngest son for Christmas. While in Woolworths before Christmas I saw the Disney Princess version of the mat with 20% off in their closing down sale. I paid £19.99 for the Princess mat but I think they usually retail at anything up to £29.99.
Luckily no-one bought the travel mat for my youngest son so when my daughter opened the Cinderella mat on her birthday it was a new and exciting toy for all three of my children. I have two sons who like to play with the mat and they aren't bothered that it is pink and has princesses on it.
The mat is quite big when it is laid out and measures approximately 100cm x 90cm. The edge is pink and decorated with ribbons and glass slippers and birds and the centre is white. You get a writing pen and a star patterned roller with the mat. Both the pen and the roller need to be filled with water before you start. You also receive a figurine of Cinderella and Prince Charming in a dancing pose. Cinderella needs 2 x AA batteries which fit into the base, you will need a screwdriver to insert the batteries. You do not get any batteries with the mat so remember to buy some if this is intended as a gift.
Once you have inserted the batteries and filled your pens with water you are ready to play. The mat is made up of two layers. The bottom layer is pink in this case and the top layer is white. When you apply water to the top layer of the mat the pink colour from the bottom layer shows through as if by magic! You can draw pictures with the pen and draw a track with the roller. The dancing figures are activated with an on/off switch and when placed onto the mat they follow the wet areas and appear to dance around. If you have drawn tracks and pictures onto the mat the figures will sometimes follow your picture instead of the track. If they reach the end of a soaked area they spin around until the sensor picks up another wet area and then they go in that direction. All the time the figurine is repeatedly playing a short tune. Once the water dries out your picture is gone and the mat is clear for you to start again. I find it is best to leave it to dry unfolded as it can take a while to dry if you pack it away.
My daughter really enjoys playing with the princess Aquadraw and has used it frequently since her Birthday last month. I am glad I didn't pay £30 for it because this seems far too expensive to me. You can get it cheaper if you shop around or if you buy a different version of the Aquadraw mat. My younger children are 3 and 1 year old and although they are both boys they also enjoy the Aquadraw.
Aquadraw mats are available from Toy R Us, Argos and many toy stores. They come in travel versions and a multicoloured version. I think there is a Thomas the Tank Engine version like the Cinderella one but obvioulsy for boys. In this version a train follows a track around the mat.
There is no mess, no paint, and no fuss with this toy. It is easy to store and dry and there aren't loads of pieces that can be lost or broken. It is quick to set up and keeps them amused until there are no white bits left. The tune does get a bit annoying after a while but there are so many toys that make noise these days that you soon don't notice it!
I would recommend the Aquadraw Princess mat to anyone with a little princess who likes to draw!
Cinderella AquaDraw is a no-mess creative drawing toy that uses water in a special pen to draw on the mat provided--as the mat dries, the image fades ready for the next creation. Use the roller to draw a path of stars and watch as the Cinderella figure magically follows the path you've drawn!