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For her second birthday, my daughter was bought this Aquadraw Rainbow playmat and accessories. The set includes of a large playmat, which has a bright border and a rainbow, as well as a lot of white space ready for little artists. Also included are two pens, a "brush" which has a spongy feel to it, a little pot to fill with water and dip the brush into, and finally three stampers with a star, raindrops and a cloud. All the accessories are brightly coloured and fit in with the rainbow theme.
The idea of Aquadraw is that it is a mess-free way to let young ones get creative. The white playmat is activated with water so as soon as any water touches the mat, the colours appear. So the pens can be filled with water (the nibs unscrew - oddly the wrong way which is obviously to try and stop young children opening them up too easily), as can the little paint pot, and your artists can get to work. And once you are done, you can leave the mat to dry and the scribbles and pictures you ave created just disappear, ready to be used again.
Easy to get started
So to get started I filled the pens and the paint pot. It is very simple to use and my little girl got the hang of it straight away. Her favourite thing to do to begin with was to use the brush to make broad sweeps on the mat and watch the colours appear underneath - and in keeping with the rainbow theme, it is actually rainbow colours that appear on the mat once water is added. She also used the pens to make scribbles. The three stamps fit onto the ends of the pens and you can then stamp these on the mat to create the relevant image. However I did find that these didn't work brilliantly, so we instead took to filling the stampers directly and not bothering to add them to the pens.
This dries off quite quickly, and indeed is ready to use again.
A watery mess!
The idea of Aquadraw is that it is mess-free - you don't end up with pen on the walls or paint on the floors - or on your kids for that matter. However I still find this to be messy in its own way as water just gets everywhere instead! My little girl also used to like to tip all the water out of the pot onto the mat, and then jump up and down in it when my back was turned. Very creative! I have also found that over time the mat has got quite grubby.
I would also say that my daughter didn't play with this that much and it never held her attention for very long. I think she has always preferred real pens and paper! And two years on, my daughter doesn't get this out at all any more - she has completely lost interest in it.
Not a favourite
I have mixed feelings about this set. It is a good idea, and if you find that drawing time can get messy then this is a good solution. But to be honest I was never really that mad on it, and although my little girl liked it I wouldn't say it was one of her favourites. Ultimately we both prefer the real thing!
This set seems to be widely available online for around £20 which I think is not bad value for what you get. I now have a six month old, so I am hoping we get a bit more use out of this in a year or so before we give it away to some other budding young artists!
This is suitable for ages 18 months to five years - although I would say it is best for between ages 2 to 3.
My daughter was bought this for her first birthday, as she loved to paint and colour in with crayons but we didn't always like the mess she left behind - so thought this was a great compromise, although we were dubious about it's value for money, as £25 seemed a bit steep.
What is a rainbow aquadoodle? It is a large play mat, with a bright bold border and a huge white space in the centre (shaped like a cloud, with a smaller white cloud in the border at the bottom). The white space is a blank canvas for drawing and doodling. However, you don't use paints, crayons etc - you use something much less messy - WATER! You get various tools with the Rainbow aquadoodle mat - a pen which you fill with water, stampers which you attach to the tip of the pen, and a brush pad which you dip into a pot of water. With these water filled tools you doodle on the white space on the mat, and as you draw a rainbow appears! The water makes the rainbow pattern appear, and when it dries it disappears quickly, leaving it fit for use over and over again.
Is it worth a hefty £25? I think so, it is very bright and colourful, and keeps my daughter (and husband) entertained for around 30 mins at a time, with no mess to clear up afterwards. The tools it comes with give variation to the doodles your child can do and makes it a little more exciting. The only reason I think it is worth the £25 is that it will be used for a few years, it was bought when my daughter was 1, she is now 2 and still uses it and can see it being used for quite some time to come.
What age is it suitable for? The box says 18 months and up, but this is very dependent on the child. My daughter loved to draw and scribble, so we bought her this at 12 months, and was perfectly safe and easy for her to use.
Would I buy it again? Yes, and we have bought different versions of the aquadoodle since, slightly cheaper versions because they just draw in one colour! They are great for taking out of the house to keep kids entertained as they fold up small too!
I cannot praise this enought. This is such a fabulous mess free way to draw.
I paid about £20 for this and it is well worth the money and more as it is so good.
The mat comes with 2 pens to draw with, a paintbrush and a pot and some stampers that attach to the pens. It is so simple to use you just fill the pens with water or the paint pot and draw on the mat. I really like this rainbow aquadraw because it is rainbow coloured so makes your picture look a lot better than just black and white. It also disappears easily after being left to dry so you have a blank canvas to start all over again.
My son has been using this since he got it for his 1st birthday and he absolutely loves it. I keep it in its box and he is always bringing it to me for me to get it out for me. It keeps him occupied and he loves to scribble on it. It is very easy for him to use and he enjoys seeing the colours appear.
The best thing about this though is that there is no mess whatsoever. It lets kids be creative without all the mess involved and you can't ask for more than that. I really like the fact that at the age of 1 my son was able to start scribbling but he couldn't get into any danger with it like he would with normal pens and paints because he can't eat this.
I definately think this is a must have and is so much fun and I definately think my son will get lots of use out of it for a good few years as it is not something he is likely to get bored of.
As I have mentioned in some of my previous reviews, I have a 5 year old son with learning difficulties. One of the big problems that he has is with co-ordination and fine motor skills, which means that he finds controlling a pen very difficult indeed. Now he is in year one at school, there is an increased emphasis on writing, and my son is really lagging behind. The occupational therapist suggested working on "pre writing" shapes, such as crosses, triangles and circles, and encouraged me to find different fun ways for him to do this so that it doesn't feel like work.
The Aquadraw by Tomy is great for this, as it enables the child to make marks on the mat using a variety of different tools. As the name implies, the medium used is plain old tap water, which means that it is almost impossible to make a mess using this product, unless you spill water, and the specially designed water tray minimises the risk considerably.
So what do you get for your £25? Firstly, a decent sized mat that you can place in the centre of the room. The mat has a white plastic surface that you can "draw" on, and some coloured designs around the edges that are purely for decoration only. The mat has a main drawing area, and a little white cloud in the bottom corner that can also be drawn on.
Several tools are included in the set. The main tools are two water pens, which have a soft tip for drawing. You unscrew the end of the pen and fill it up from the tap, before screwing the end firmly back on. There are also 3 stamp attatchments, which are designed to be pushed onto the end of the pens. These make different marks on the paper, such as a moon and a cloud. The kit also contains a "paintbrush", which makes bigger, wider marks on the mat. The brush is actually shaped like a decorating brush, but has a fabric pad on the end, which is dipped in water. This is used with the special water tray, which is plastic, with high hollow sides, which prevent the water from spilling when it is tipped over. My kids like this tool the best.
When the mat gets wet, the white plastic reveals a rainbow pattern underneath. It reminds me of those pictures we used to do in art at school, when you colour a page in bright colours and go over the whole thing in black wax crayon, before scraping it off to reveal the colours underneath. It is then up to the child what they do with the mat. They can draw or write with the pens, make hand and foot prints, draw around the outline of their body, or (like my kids), soak the whole thing in water until all of the white has disappeared!
The picture will fade quite quickly, unless you have soaked it in water. This means that the mat is soon ready to draw on again. This means that the child is able to keep going for as long as they want. It is an excellent way for my son to practice his pre writing shapes, without the rigidity of sitting him down at a table with a paper and pen. My seven year old daughter also enjoys playing with the mat, especially getting me to draw cartoon characters for her and then she tries to copy them. My 10 year old son will also have a go occasionaly, mainly scribbling over the work that the other two have done, and "flicking" the water pens everywhere!
The obvious benefits of the mat are that you can promote the kid's writing skills without them realising it is work. Also, the fact that the mat is mess free is great. Like most parents, I have had to clean crayon off walls in the past, and I am not really a fan of the huge mess created by paints (I know, I'm mean!), there is also the huge advantage of not having a pile of pictures that your child won't let you throw in the bin! And think of all the trees you are saving!
So what is the mat like to use? After all, this is a review. Well, the kids really do enjoy playing with it, but it is not their favourite toy, and in reality, we only usually get it out of the cupboard about once a month. They still really love their crayons and felt tips, and this is not replacement for them, but it is just another outlet for their creativity. I would say that this toy would appeal to kids from crawling age, right up to about 8, although I would always supervise young children. It doesn't take them long to work out that if they suck the end of the water pen, they can drink the stuff inside!
In our house, an average play session with the mat would typically last about 20 minutes. By this time, they will have saturated the whole thing in water! We have had the mat for over a year and it is still in really good condition, but I always hang the mat to dry after use and make sure it is bone dry before I put it back in the art cupboard.
Would I recommend the Aquadraw? Yes, but I don't feel that the hefty price tag reflects what you actually get in the box. I think £10 would be a more reasonable price to pay. The toy is a good idea, especially for very young kids, and has a variety of creative uses, as well as helping children with co-ordination problems to develop their pen skills.
My kids got this for Christmas last year, and compared to the Disney Princess version we've had for a couple of years, this instantly seemed a lot better in terms of what you get with it and the fact that it has different colours on the mat.
For those of you who don't know, an 'Aquadraw' is a giant (probably just less that 1 metre square in size) vinyl mat which can be drawn on with special water pens to create a picture, that magically fades away when dry. The idea is that it is 'mess free' fun for your little ones. I have just seen on the Tomy website that the new name is 'Aquadoodle' rather that Aquadraw, just to confuse matters.
Anyway this Rainbow version is quite good, the mat has a nice blue frame around it decorated with butterflies and balloons which makes it ideal for either sex (no pink in sight!). The drawing section of the mat is white, but hidden underneath is a rainbow of colours (basically waves of different colours) which are only revealed when you use the pens or other tools available with the set.
Accessories that come with this Aquadraw are:
* 2 pens (mine came with 2 pens but I see on the web that only 1 pen is advertised, so as it was a gift I can only imagine that the bearer added an extra pen, but with the bearer being a pensioner I think it unlikely - it is certainly a mystery to me!) These pens are to be filled with water; you unscrew the top, fill with water and screw back on. The tip is sponge so the water soaks through and you use it like a normal pen on the mat and make pictures or scribbles, or whatever you like. The genius part being that these pens won't work anywhere apart from the mat = mess free fun.
* 3 stamps which attach to the pens and can be used to add to your pictures, you get a cloud, raindrops and a star.
* A wide paintbrush with a little non-spill water pot.
And that is everything you get, now the fun is up to your kids. I found that when they opened this on Christmas Day they wanted to play with it straight away, and the fact that it had 2 pens and the paintbrush made it a lot easier for them to use it at the same time - there was enough for them to use without arguing over things.
The paintbrush is a really good idea, it's actually a 'sponge' brush because the tip is sponge not bristles and you dip this into the little water pot to soak up enough water to be able to do a few nice thick strokes on the mat. The water pot is actually quite an ingenious design, I don't know how they've done it but is seems to be non-spill. If you don't over fill it, when your child inevitably knocks it over the water somehow stays inside the pot! Amazing.
My kids seem to like the brush because they seem to be of the idea that the larger the mark you can make on the mat the better, and this makes a mark which is about 1.5 inches across.
The stampers are a good idea, but take a while for the water to soak through and my kids tend to get bored straight away with plain old boring stamping, they would rather be scribbling, or in the case of my 3 year old, colouring in the entire mat.
Compared to the Disney Princess version, the colours on this mat are nowhere near as vivid, and if I'm honest I was a little bit disappointed with this, especially since it is a 'Rainbow' one, I expected really bright colours, but these are quite pale. And what I have also noticed that if your child likes to actually draw pictures then some of their picture can look like it is missing if it crosses over the yellow section as this is really pale.
I have found with both of the Aquadraw mats that we have, the kids tend to like the idea of them but don't spend more than 10 or 15 minutes using them. It's a bit of an anticlimax I think, I don't know whether they are a bit limiting on their creativity with the colours being predetermined or that they know that their masterpieces will always fade away.
It's a strange one that I don't think I will ever figure out, both my daughters (aged 3 & nearly 2) love to draw, paint and colour and will spend hours at a time doing this, but yet with an Aquadraw, the fun seems to be over before it has even began.
I'm not saying Aquadraw/Aquadoodle is rubbish, the set is really good quality, and considering ours has been in and out of its box numerous times over the last 10 months it's still in very good condition. There are a few grease spots on the mat (don't let them eat cake near it!) and some parts are a bit grubby, but it still works fine and no enjoyment is lost (in that 10 or 15 minutes of use anyway!).
I think if you were going to buy an Aquadraw regardless of my comments above then I would actually recommend this Rainbow set because it does come with some good accessories and is also slightly cheaper than some of the other versions (probably because it hasn't got Disney or Peppa Pig written all over it!), and it is also good for more than one child to share.
I just wouldn't recommend Aquadraw as a whole because I think it is overpriced for what it is and for what limited enjoyment children can get from it.
Prices start at £24.99 at www.tomy.co.uk
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This is a joint favourite in our household. Not only does my son find it great fun and keeps him entertained for a good length of time I love it to. A usually messy activity like painting and drawing made mess free, genius in any parents mind! Only down side is for any little budding artists out there your master piece disappears within an hour to never be seen again!
Aquadraw rainbow comes with a material mat 95cm by 80 cm so I found there was plenty of space for me and my son to draw. It has bright pictures round the edge of the mat which is meant to inspire your child. Personally I find it helps me think of things when my son nags at me to draw something! There is a good size rainbow in one corner with a cloud underneath to fill and a balloon, a butterfly, a watering can etc continuing round the edge. As the name suggests when you draw on the mat with your special pen your picture cleverly comes up in bright rainbow colours! Magic to any child I would think.
The rainbow aquadraw comes with 2 pens, 3 stamps and a paintbrush and pot. You fill the pens with water and screw the nib pack on. To fasten it on you screw it up anti-clockwise which I guess is to make it more difficult for any little ones to undo. I find it often catches me out! You then just draw on the mat till your heart is content or you have filled the mat in.
The three stamps you get are a star, a cloud and raindrops all great fun to add to your picture. My son likes using these the most. To use these you stick the pen in the top of the stamp. So the down side to them is you lose one of your pens when using the stamp. I could see this maybe causing a problem if you have a few children trying to draw on the mat at the same time.
And last there is the paint brush. You fill the stand it comes with, with water and dip you brush in it and then paint. This makes larger lines of colour. I did have to remove this from my son as he just went a little silly with it drenching the mat in water. He had the mat coloured in within 3 minutes! It does say it is for age range 18 months plus but I do think children this age will not get a lot of use out of it till they have learnt a little hand eye co-ordination.
Once the mat is full you just leave the mat to dry. It does take a bit of time to dry and I find my son has moved onto playing with something else by this time. In the summer you could put it outside to dry, it does take less time then.
Aquadraw rainbow costs around £25. Although it is a little on the expensive side I have found it to be well worth the money. My son is now 2 ½ and he has really grown into it and I can see it lasting him a few more years. I think most children will like the novelty of this product. And what parent couldn't like it, it is mess free and takes minutes to pack away with no little children to clean up after.
I saw this advertised on telly last year and thought 'what a great idea, painting without the mess'. I purchased it for approx £25.00 for my five year old boy and one year old girl for christmas last year.
They looked suitably impressed when opening it and we got it out, the contents were one largeish mat although not as big as they made it look on the telly, 2x aquadraw pens - I wouldn't have purchased it with only one pen and 2 children, a paint pot and paint bruch and three stamps which have one cloud, one rain drop and one other.
We filled the pens up which open the opposite way to anything else to discourage the kids from getting into them and the paint pot which took water in but couldn't be tipped out. The kids were away, the colours soak up from underneath the surface when anything wet touches it, handprints, footprints thats up to your imagination.
The problem was that once a picture had been drawn you had to wait for the mat to dry before you could do another one. Depending on how wet the children made it this could take up to half an hour or so, which by then the kids had certanly lost all interest, moved onto something else and left you with all the tidying up.
As i've discovered there's still no substitute for good old fashioned paint and mess - just not on the carpet. This might be good for a grandperents house who want to be creative with the kids without having a huge messy box and lots of tidying.
We've had this a year now and i'd be lucky to have seen it more than a dozen times, also i've found the kids tend to try to use the pens on paper and elsewhere and it ruins the nibs, I'm not sure if replacements can be bought, but for the amount they use it I won't be looking either.
Tomy Rainbow Aquadraw is the perfect compromise when it comes to colouring and drawing! Children want bright colours and mess. Parents want to keep their house clean and without felt tip pen streaks over the carpet and walls.
Aquadraw is exactly that - water drawing. You get two pens, a brush and several attachments to the pens which allow you to create many shapes and designs. The pens or the brush holder fill with water, and when the water comes into contact with the specially designed mat the underneath layer of bright colours shows through. Children can use their imaginations and wet their hands to create handprints, or write their names, or draw anything that comes to mind, and the best bit - when the pen leaves the mat, all that touches your carpet is water. Plain water that will dry up in seconds. No mess, no fuss and happy kids.
The colours that show through on this particular product are rainbow colours which make it even more delightful.
When your child has had enough of drawing, you simply leave the mat in the open air and it dries, ready to use again and again.
The cost of this item is under £20 and I would definitely say it is worth the money. What is £20? The cost of a couple of colouring books and a set of pens that once they are used they go in the bin - this product will last and last.
We bought the rainbow Aquadraw when our sons were 1 and starting to enjoy drawing and painting. The Aquadraw series of toys, made by Tomy are a brilliant idea which allows children to draw using water alone, so for parents you can let their creative sides run free without worrying about cleaning up afterwards!
Tomy make a range of large Aquadraw mats, some feature popular characters such as the Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Cinderella and Thomas the Tank Engine. We plumped for the rainbow Aquadraw however- no characters but it allows you to draw in rainbow colours. In the set you get a large Aquadraw mat, the area to be drawn on is white and it is edged by colourful illustrations of a rainbow, hot air balloon, butterflies etc. Once water is applied to the white mat, the rainbow colours underneath show through so you can draw colouful pictures. Along with the mat, the set contains two pens which can be filled with water, and three stamps to attach to the end of the pens allowing you to stamp star, cloud and raindrop shapes onto the mat. The set also includes a paintbrush and pot to be filled with water to dip it into. The pot is cleverly designed with a lip around the top so that if knocked over it won't spill its contents onto the carpet. Once you have finished your masterpiece you just leave the mat to dry and it is ready to use again.
We have had hours of fun with the Aquadraw set- two years on it is still in regular use. It is perfect for those days when you want to do something creative but can't face the mess of real paint, or the hassle of removing yet another crayon mark from the furniture. The set is currently on sale for around £25 and I would say it is very good value.
Tomy produce Aquadraw sets in a range of different designs and with different additions to them. The basic premise for all the sets is the same - Aquadraw is a way for children to draw with water without making a mess.
What you get:
This particular set is the Rainbow set and it costs about £25, and was bought for a second birthday. It comes with a brightly coloured mat which shows through rainbow colours when water is applied to the white section. You can see from the photo that the images are designed to appeal visually to children and really do draw the eye.
There are also two pens, and 3 stampers which fit on to the end of the pens, a brush and a dipper for the brush. The two pens take water and have spongy ends - an "open" and "close" sign on the nib of the pen shows parents which way to twist. The brush is a small pad of material in brush form and fits into the dipper, which is anti-spill and contains a small amount of water.
The mat is 80 x 95 cms, and it might seem a bit pricey but I think that the mat is big enough for a couple of children to play with and the set is good fun. I find the stampers on this particular set work quite well - they are spring loaded so that the water comes through from the pens and the star, water and cloud design are quite recognisable even for the really young and achieve satisfying results for the child.
My daughter really likes the "paintbrush" too and also is happy to use her hands to paint and just a pen to scribble when she was little, though she is now starting to produce more recognisable pictures with the pen.
Compared to the other sets I have seen or played with round friend's houses (we also have the deluxe set from a school sale) I think that this set is the most attractive and would appeal to both boys and girls. The Deluxe set does have stencils and the alphabet on the mat so may be an equally good choice; the Thomas and Cinderella sets are not so good in my opinion as the motorised figure is supposed to follow the track you make and they don't always quite work. Also you only get one pen with the latter sets and this can be a problem when they play with friends.
With all these sets, despite the pen being designed so the end screws off in the opposite direction to that which you think it would, I do find toddlers do work out how to open the pen, but it is only water and a small amount at that ever so mess is minimal.
This set should last for a fair long time. The age range says 18 months but I think it would be a great first birthday present. My five and a half year old is still happy to play with Aquadraw, so to me that is a quite long lasting toy.
It does say on the set not to wash in the machine if very soiled but, after a rather messy cake incident at a birthday party I did in fact wash our mat in the machine with no ill effects - like I said this is not advised though.
It could be helpful to know also that you can buy replacement pens for this, and the other sets at a small charge - you can contact Tomy, details on www.tomy.co.uk. This will prolong the use of your set should you need more pens.
Overall I do recommend Aquadraws in general and this particular set specifically, I like the fact that it is nice and simple and encourages children to be creative without the need for batteries like the Thomas and Cinderella set. I think anything that can encourage creativity is generally a good idea and in my experience children like this toy very much.
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I also recommend the mini-aquadraw mats for taking to restaurants, the dora one is excellent, you might also consider the deluxe set as an alternative to this one, but don't buy the aquadraw teddies unless you particularly want to encourage your child to draw on things that are not things you are supposed to draw on!
An aquadraw is one toy that is worth the money in my opinion.
This aqua draw is a godsend for any one that has small children. There is nothing worse than paint and crayon on the rug and felt tips that have been used to make a lovely pattern for your walls. As soon as I seen the aqua draw on the television I wanted it. Be gone the carpet cleaners and the faded walls.
The aqua draw is basically a large material mat. It is white on the inside and it has a brightly coloured border with fun pictures of butterfly's, balloons and rainbows. The main purpose of the aqua draw is to create fun drawing for children without having the stains and the mess, as all you use is water.
In the aqua draw pack you receive:
This pen can be filled up with water and it has a nib the size of a large marker. The child can use the pen to draw pictures onto the mat. My daughter used to copy some of the pictures on the border. When you start drawing you can notice that due to the special mat the picture will appear rainbow coloured.
A paintbrush shaped pen:
This pen is actually shaped like a paintbrush. You use the small purple tray provided. After you have filled the tray with water, the brush can be dipped in and used on the mat to create bigger lines of colour.
Also included are 3 stampers. One stamper at a time can be fitted onto the end of the pen when the nib has been taken off. This enables the child to stamp stars, clouds or footprints onto their pictures.
Once the mat has been totally filled it must be left to dry completely. When dry the child can begin again to draw pictures. The mat dries fairly quickly depending on how much water has been used and how wet it is. If it is a sunny day it is worth popping the mat on the washing line where it will dry in a few minutes.
The age advised for the aqua draw is 18 months plus. This is probably due to the small pieces as it is easy to pull the nib off the pen if done intentionally and possibly to swallow.
The aqua draw cost £24.99. I think this is very reasonable considering you can use it again and again. The only downside obviously is that you can't keep the child's pictures as they disappear.
Another downside is my aqua draw has seemed to have stained. My daughter knocked over the pot and the aqua draw became soaking wet and there is still a small patch that displays the rainbow colour that won't fully go away back to white. This isn't a major problem however as it is so faint you can barely recognise it.
I think this mat was a great idea. Children still enjoy drawing on this as it is something different from using the typical paper and pens. There is no mess and the equipment can be cleared away in minutes. I think that the mat is also big enough for 2 people to use. It is fun in the summer to take the mat outside for one or more children and have a game of noughts and crosses on it.
This is a "must have" for every home where young children live, or even where they visit often!!
There is no wasted paper, so its kind to the environment, and there really is very little mess - just the odd splash of water!
The Tomy Aquadraw contains a large play mat, 2 water pens, 3 stampers and a sponge brush and water pot. Just fill the pens with water and draw on the mat - hey presto - your picture magically appears! Then when the water dries, the picture disappears and you can start all over again! I've made this sound like its me that uses it - well I do , I have great fun playing with this, but more importantly, so does my little girl! She had it given her when she was 18 mths old, still plays with it regularly a year on and I know it will be used for years to come! We've had it outside and with wet feet and hands made some great prints! If you have this, you will still need some degree of paper and paints/crayons - just so you have something to put on your fridge! Or send them to nursery and let them have the mess, and bring the piece of are home to you!!
This toy is fab! Its such a good invention. I'v lost count of the amount of time after leaving my 2 year old alone for a minute that the walls have been painted with her crayons and I then have to spend half a day wandering round the shops trying to colour match the paint which has come off due to me cleaning the walls!
The idea is that you fil the special pens with water and they are able to draw on the mat with the pens and colours will appear. the image then drys (if its summer it will dry more quickly) and they can start all over again.
I payed around £25 for this but a lot of places sell them for £30 which I think is to expensive. You can buy other versions where trains can go round on the tracks that you make with the water but these wernt around when I bought my daughters.
Overall a great toy,
Our eldest daughter was given the Rainbow Aquadraw as a gift for her 2nd birthday - she's now 3 and it's still going strong! It really is a fantastic toy - kids love the rainbow colours that magically appear and parents love the fact there's no mess!
The Aquadaw mat is basically made of two pieces of fabric joined together. The one on top is the part you can see - mostly white with patterns around the edge. The underneath part is coloured. When the white on the top part of the mat becomes wet, the colours from the fabric underneath show through. So children can get the same effect as painting/drawing but by only using water! Then to start again you just allow the mat to dry and the colours disapear again.
The mat is large and very attractive looking with lots of bright colours. It comes with two water pens, 3 stampers (star, cloud and rain) and a sponge brush with water pot. Children can get really creative and make lots of pictures, patterns and even write on the mat. My daughter particularly likes doing hand and foot prints! And parent's can confidently let children run riot with the mat and you know it's only water so they can't do much damage!! Our youngest has also just turned 1 and, although she's limited by what she can do at such a young age, she really loves Aquadraw too!
We've had the mat for just over a year and it's still great. I wouldn't say it's like new - it quickly seems to lose it's newness and the colours don't come through quite as brightly as they once did BUT once it gets to the initial slightly worn stage it doesn't seem to get any worse. And if that mat gets dirty at all I just pop it in the washing machine on a cool cycle and it comes out fine again.
If you end up being a huge fan of Aquadraw like we are, you might also like the Aquadraw mini mats which are great for in the car, taking to grandparents, etc.
Rainbow Aquadraw isn't exactly cheap at around £30 but it does last well and I think children will get more and more out of it as they get older.
We bought our daughter one of these last year for christmas when she was 18 months old. we'd saved our nectar points to use at argos to buy this, and it was well worth it. she's now 2.5 and she still uses it nearly every day, and we've bought one of the mini mats to keep in my bag when we're out and about to keep her entertained. Everyone who's seen it has said what a great idea it is, and were impressed that there was no mess, uinless you knock the pot of water over (which she did do regularly to begin with!). The paint brush is great for painting the whole mat in which seems to be my daughters favourite past time at the minute, it dries really quickly and when you need to refill the pens with water they're child proof as they turn anti clockwise-still confuses me sometimes! The only problem we have now is that zoe decided to try a biro on it when i wasn't looking and despite having chucked the mat in the wash to try and clean it off it refuses to come out-not that she's at all bothered by it.
No mess drawing with water - now in glorious technicolour! Create pictures with the AquaDraw pen or make larger paint brush effects with the special paintbrush pen. Add to your designs with the special stampers.