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I have always liked the Crayola brand, I was introduced to Crayola as a child as it was the brand my Mam always bought myself and my sister and I now buy a lot of the products for my own children. At Christmas last year my youngest daughter Emily was bought a set of these Tadoodles by her Great Grandmother.
The set is available in many places, I have seen them in Tesco and also online, they cost anywhere from £6 a set to £35 a set depending on which characters you select. There is no way I would personally be paying £35 for a set no matter how good they are.
The set comes packaged in a cardboard box which is bright yellow and green in colour which of course is the trademark Crayola colours. It states on the box they are part of the Crayola Beginnings range, they are for children aged 18 month and up and best of all they are washable which is a major thing for me as both my girls are clumsy.
Inside the box there are 3 characters, we ended up with the Cat, Parrot and Donkey set although there is other animals available. The stampers are brightly coloured and have cute faces on them, I can see how they are attractive to young children and they arte really big and chunky to make it easy for small hands to manoeuvre them.
Emily was very eager to play with these when she got them but I think she just thought they were toys at first ad when I said to her "Mummy show you" she would just get annoyed at me for taking them off her so she wasn't watching what I was doing. Eventually she let her older sister show her how to use the stampers and within a couple of days she was managing to play with them herself. To use the stamper you actually hold it upside down which I think is where it gets a little confusing for a young child, when you press the head down onto paper the head opens and a stamp lands on the paper of the animal.
Emily loves playing with these as does her older sister so they are not just for children beginning to draw, the stamps are nice and clear on the paper and Sophie likes to create farm pictures with them. Even though the stamp is enclosed my children still manage to get the ink on their fingers but it washes off easily so this isn't a problem. I would give these 4 stars as I feel it would have been better for the stamp to be in the bottom of the character instead of causing confusion but other than this the set is great fun.
I love arts and crafts and had already decided that my daughter would be doing lots of stuff as well so I always keep a look out for new items I can use with her. When walking around a discount shop, I came across a pack of these Crayola Tadoodles Easy Stampers and thought they would be perfect for her.
---About the range:
Crayola state that their aim is to 'believe in unleashing the originality in every child'. They create mainly colouring related products so that children can show their creativity through colouring. Other products show how colours work through toys. The Tadoodles come from a range called Crayola Beginnings which have been designed specifically for toddlers to use. The range or arts materials should enable toddlers to use them independently to gain confidence in art. The range includes the easy stampers, triangular crayons, crayon buddies and pens.
---About the product:
The Tadoodles Easy Stampers come in a pack of 3 in a cardboard box where they are protected by a plastic shell. The stampers are a sperical shape but in the design of animals. The pictured box of 3 contains a cow, parrot and donkey. The design of the stampers tells you the design of the stamp as well as the colour so the stamps give a purple cow, red parrot and orange donkey. The stamps only stamp the face of each and to be honest they are not specifically recognisable as those. The parrot I thought was a chicken and the donkey could easily be a horse instead. That aside, these are great fun! To use them, you hold them so the face is upside down and push down and they stamp onto whatever is underneath. These are good because the stamp itself is hidden away and is only revealed when the stamper is pushed down.
---Using the product:
I bought these for my daughter when she was about 12 months old and we have been using them ever since. They are relatively easy to remove from the packaging - only a minute or two of unpacking and then you are ready to go. I showed her how to use them and she was excited that the picture appeared on the paper so wanted to have a go herself. She was easily able to grasp them in her hand which is made easier by the size and shape of them as they are designed to be easily held by small children. To start with she found it quite hard to put enough pressure on them to create the image so I had to help her, but by about 15 months she was able to do this easily and at that point we couldn't stop her! She has since been stamping these on everything - paper, tablecloth, floor, bills...
My daughter is now 20 months and still wants to play with these on a fairly regular basis. She will often run into the dining room asking for the 'stampers' and will climb up to the table to play with them. She can be quite violent with them slamming them down to make an image and they have survived quite well so I think they are quite durable. We have been using them for around 8 months now and they still work fine and have not dried out. The only issue I have found is that my daughter likes to try to jam things (mainly crayons) down into the stamper to try to get the ink out. Other than that, I am really happy with them as they are also non-toxic and the ink washes off things easily. I don't think she's realised that they are animals yet, but they are good to teach about colour and she might be able to recognise them later on. I think they will still be suitable for her to the age of 3.
I bought my daughter a second set of these for Christmas as she liked them so much, and I always make sure I take them away with us or out if I need something to keep her amused. Crayola recommends them for 18 months and over but I think they are suitable for between 12-15 months onwards, depending on the individual development of the child. They have been a big hit in our house and I am very glad we bought them. They can cost from around £2.50 to £5.00 and if you can buy them around the cheaper end then they are definitely worthwhile. I would recommend these for any art set!
With an enthusiastic toddler who likes to draw and create mess, I am always looking for new things to keep her entertained for a few minutes at a time. We came across the idea of Crayola Tadoodles easy stampers when I was browsing Amazon just after Christmas. I was taken with the name Tadoodles as I thought it was quite cute, and I have always had faith in Crayola products so I knew this would be a good product for my daughter to get her hands around.
These stampers are designed to be fun attractive animals. Packaged in a pack of three there are two different designs, we ended up with the crocodile, duck and beaver. Crayola market them from 18 months as a chunky drawing tool for toddlers to get their hands around easily without trying to grip a small pencil.
When these arrived, my daughter squealed with delight at the funny little faces on the animals. I remember when I first passed her one and it seemed to fit nicely into her hand. They are a rounded object that almost looks like the wobbly weebils from my childhood
I would suggest they are approximately 2inches by 2 inches but in a circle shape.
I had to have a quick look over them to start with to make sure I could work them to show my daughter how to. The idea of the stamper is to hold it in your hand and stamp press upside down onto the paper so the animal's head is pressed down. The mechanism opens the animal's hat and reveals the animal shaped stamp as it's pressed onto the surface. I was able to press the sides down to discover this myself.
It took my daughter a couple of weeks to grasp the concept of actually holding the stamper in the correct way, but once she mastered it there was no stopping her. The stamps come out on the paper in a clear stamp of the corresponding animal with the colour matching as well, i.e. the crocodile is green and the duck is yellow etc.
Since we have had them they seem to be a good favourite in my daughter's daily routine. I have drummed it into her that she must only stamp on paper, but a few times I watch her as she presses her fingers into the hole in the head and comes out with a coloured finger.
Thankfully the ink washes off very easily, and we have had no major incidents using these so far.
I bought these for £3.99 six months ago, and I think they are really good value for the money. Yes you only get three stampers when you could buy cheaper for the same money, but you get the added character factor as well as encouraging toddlers to tune their motor skill by holding the stampers in their learning hands.
They have lasted well against being dropped on the floor and as yet the ink is still is wet and useable as it was when we bought them. There are no signs of drying out but I think this is due to the ink being protected by the mechanism as it's closed unless pressed.
Overall I have been very happy with the product, and am currently looking to buy the other tadoodles products in the same range to test those out on my daughter.
Introducing Crayola TaDoodles, they tip and tilt, but won't topple! Easy, stamping with no dripping and no spills! Shaped for a child's first palm grasp, these non-toxic washable stampers are the perfect choice for learning to design and colour. Crayola Easy Stampers ink comes completely off clothes and skin. Includes one Cow, Parrot and Horse Stampers.