Product Type: Tomy Art / Craft
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Tomy & Friends Aquadraw
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Tomy & Friends Aquadraw
Advantages: good learning aid, allows creativity with no mess
Disadvantages: could do with another pen
The Aquadoodle mat is made by Tomy. The idea behind the toy is to teach children about drawing with no mess (well nothing that can cause damage anyway!) The toy retails at around £20-£25 depending on which variety you opt for and if you can find any decent offers at the time of purchase. There are also smaller travel versions available for a cheaper price. We have only ever purchased the Classic Drawing Toy as here and this costs £25.
The toy is very simple, in the box you get the Aquadoodle mat and the Aquadoodle pen. The concept of the toy is that you fill the pen with water and then draw on the mat to create shapes and pictures. After a few minutes this fades and your creation disappears and the mat can be used over and over again. The toy is suitable for children from 18 months but, in my opinion, this really depends on their ability. We have bought it for children at 2-2 ½ and they have loved it.
The mat is fairly large - this really needs to be used on the floor. It is large enough for most 2 year olds to lie down on, which means plenty of 'draw around me' demands! Around the border of the mat there are colourful pictures printed on. Each of these begins with a different letter of the alphabet and this works round from A to Z on the mat. Underneath each of these you can colour using the water pen and reveal the corresponding letter of the alphabet, in capitals and small letters. As with the drawing, once dry this fades again and can be coloured to reveal once more.
The pen included is a lovely size to be gripped by little hands - suitably round and fat but not too big. It is relatively easy for an adult to take apart and fill with water but seals securely so that it doesn't leak or the child can't pull it apart. When drawing, the water moves from the pen at a nice pace, it doesn't gush or trickle, so no frustration here either. It also lasts well, so you are not inundated with requests to refill the pen. There really is very little mess involved with this toy, unless your toddler learns to 'flick' the pen to create droplets on the mat - then you may get spots of water around your room!
This is a lovely toy that children seem to really enjoy to play with, loving the 'magic' of making the letters appear and then watching as they disappear again. It can also be used as a learning aid, using the letters and pictures around the border to help children learn the alphabet. It also helps children learn to grip the pen and draw. It is well made, with the material mat lasting really well with no fraying or discolouring. The pen also seems pretty durable, withstanding any drops and bumps well. The one improvement that I would make is include two pens in the box rather than just the one. By including just one it means that children can only play alone and any can cause arguments between siblings/with other children and there is plenty of room on the mat for two to play. I believe that extra pens can be purchased separately however.
In summary a lovely toy that can encourage children to be creative without you having to worry about the mess, and something they can learn from too.
Summary: Water lot of fun
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