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This is a review of the Tomy Disney Princess Aquadoodle our daughter received this Christmas from her Nana. It is deemed suitable for over threes on the packaging (which she is not) so we supervised her when playing with this. We already had some miniature paper versions of "In The Night Garden" Aquadoodles from her birthday so we knew the concept of how the Aquadoodle worked which is basically a no mess colouring game using water.
What is it?
The Tomy Disney Princess Aquadoodle is a giant plastic backed mat that is illustrated with the princesses and comes with two drawing accessories that you fill with a small amount of water to get started. You use the pen and princess roller to draw and make patterns on the mat. Once they are dry you can start again.
In her haste to get the mat in use, my MIL over filled the stamping pen which is shaped like a princess and meant to roll a heart pattern over the mat. Instead she dripped a lot of water on the surface of the mat which made it impossible for our daughter to draw on which sort of spoilt the first use but we hung it on the radiator to dry it out quickly and it was back in use again quite quickly. Our mat draws in pink but the pictures on Argos website show the identical mat but theirs draws in blue on the pictures for some reason.
I think this is yet another toy which seems like great fun on the advertisements and product box but in reality it is a bit of a disappointment. I like the non mess feature of drawing with water and this is limited due to the small amount that the pens hold although Nana managed to make plenty of mess on her first go!! Our daughter quickly lost interest in this and I have had to coerce her in to playing with it again since Christmas. This may be due to the fact that she is two rather than the recommended age of 3+.
At Argos, this set retails at £19.99 which I think is a bit expensive for what you actually get.
* Size H28, W8, D26cm.
* Weight 320g.
* For ages 3 years and over.
* EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5011666719705.
I would not spend £20 on this as an activity as it doesn't engage our daughter's attention for long enough. She can use it when supervised though and it is a game that never runs out as you just dry the mat to have another go. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the princess roller as it was a bit messy and didn't do neat heart prints as the pictures showed. All in all I think this is a bit of a rubbish set and is not classed as one of our favourite activities to play (tea parties is no one at the moment!).