Product Type: Crayola baby toys
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Crayola Tadoodles Easy stampers
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Crayola Tadoodles Easy stampers
Advantages: Easy to hold, good introduction to colours
Disadvantages: Children want to know how they work...
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!
Summary: A great addition to an art box
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