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Tomy Thomas & Friends Aqua Draw
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Tomy Thomas & Friends Aqua Draw
Date: 21/02/08, updated on 21/02/08 (787 review reads)
The little boy's a big Thomas The Tank Engine fan and has loads of Thomas related toys and DVD's so when I spotted the Thomas The Tank Engine Aquadraw mat in Woolworths one day I had to buy it especially for the little one. It wasn't too expensive and only cost £30 for the Thomas Aquadraw set, which had various contents inside the box to hopefully keep the little one entertained. It states on the front of the box that you need two AA sized batteries which weren't included with the Aquadraw set, so before I left Woolworths I made sure that I bought a pack of batteries.
When I got home I showed the toy to the little one and he helped me unpack everything from the box, inside the box there were a few different gadgets to keep the little one entertained. Inside the box there was a fairly large sized plastic mat (90 cm by 105cm) which was white in the middle and had a 3 inch border around the edges which had pictures of Thomas the Tank Engine, grass and the sky printed on it. As well as the mat there was also a fairly chunky Aquadraw pen, a train track roller and a Thomas the Tank Engine Train.
Once it was all unpacked I cleared a space on the living room floor and set the mat out for the little one and proceeded to the kitchen to fill the pen and roller up as well as putting the two AA batteries into the Thomas the Tank train. The pen and roller are easily filled up by screwing the top of them off and filling them to the top with tap water before screwing the lids back onto them. On the instruction leaflet it states that the pen and roller should only be filled using cold water, do not use hot water as this could damage the Aquadraw mat.
The Pen is used to draw pictures or to write onto the Aquadraw mat. The best thing about the pen is the fat that kids can run it along the walls and settee and it wont mark it at all because it doesn't have ink in it.
The Track Roller works in the same way as the pen the exception is that your child rolls it along the Aquadraw mat and it prints a train track onto it. The Track roller can also be rolled across the settee and walls without even marking them.
Once the pen and roller are filled with water all your child has to do is draw until they get bored. Thomas the Tank Engine follows the train tracks around the Aqua mat whilst playing the Thomas Theme tune and bellowing Peep-Peep now and again. If your child doesn't draw the track thick enough then Thomas wont be able to follow it.
Anything which your child draws on the Aqua mat will be shown in a light green colour, I was quite disappointed with the colour because it wasn't as bright and bold as I was expecting, but it is a Childs toy after all. Your child doesn't have to use the pen or roller to draw pictures onto the Aqua mat, you could also buy some sponge shapes and allow your child to dip them into water and then stamp the shape onto the mat. Another idea is to give your child a small plastic tub of water and allow them to wet their hands and feet so as they can print them onto the mat as well. I taught my son how to write his name on the Aquadraw mat, after he mastered that I started learning him shapes, numbers and letters. Although the Aquadraw toy is supposed to be a fun toy I thought it was also quite educational because you can learn your child things at a fun and easy pace. Another good thing about the Aquadraw mat is the fact that your child wont go through numerous sheets of paper, because once they have drew on the mat all you need to do is leave it for a little while and the pictures will fade away.
If the Aquadraw mat gets a little grubby or sticky it can easily be cleaned using a damp cloth, you shouldn't put the mat into the washing machine or immerse it in a basin full of water as this could damage the mat. Once you have cleaned the mat you have to allow it to dry; you can either leave it to dry naturally or place it in front of a radiator, don't put the mat into the tumble dryer or else it will melt.
I bought this for my son when he was three and a half, but children over the age of 18 months can use it if they are supervised by an adult. I let my son play with his Aquadraw mat out in the garden when the weather was nice, I just put a big towel on the grass and then put the mat on top of the towel so as it couldn't get damaged. I would say that they Aquadraw Mat is suited to children between the ages of 18 months to five years.
I don't regret buying the Thomas the Tank Aquadraw because it stopped my son from drawing on everything with crayons and pens and it also proved to be a fun and educational toy for him to play with. I paid £30 for the Aquadraw set from Woolworths a while ago although I'm sure you will be able to get it cheaper now. Woolworths, Toy's r Us, Argos etc will sell the Tomy Aquadraw. You can also buy different themed Aquadraw mats too in various sizes.
**review written by me and posted on ciao on 18/02/08.**
Summary: Fun toy for little Boys