Product Type: Tomy Art / Craft
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Tomy Rainbow Aquadraw
Member Name: claireylulu
Tomy Rainbow Aquadraw
Advantages: qucik to tidy up and no little ones to clean up after.
Disadvantages: a few little niggles but nothing major
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.
Summary: a must for parent and child.
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