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Fisher Price Musical Finger Paint

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Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Musical Toy

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      13.05.2009 14:29
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      Not recommended!

      My granddaughter loves to paint, draw and colour in (well don't all kids)? Recently on her birthday I bought her a Fisher Price Musical Finger Paint, which at the time seemed like a good idea as it promised great fun finger painting with no mess.

      It cost me just over £20 from Toys R Us and it looks and feels very much like a magnadoodle or the likes but where the magnadoodle works by being magnetic this works in a manor completely differently.

      The screen is a sheet of plastic and underneath it lies what looks like paint, the child simply uses their fingers to agitate this substance and draw pictures which can then be rubbed out.

      Unfortunately the pattern of the paint or whatever it is, is a bit random and it does not always follow the route the kids fingers take.

      My granddaughter got very fed up with this very quickly and I personally found it to be a complete waste of money and it is certainly not a toy I would recommend to other parents or grandparents.

      The noises it makes when you press down kept my granddaughter amused more than the painting did but even those grew boring to her very quickly.

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      13.12.2008 19:58
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      avoid

      My youngest daughter loves to paint with her elder sister but I found that she was always in a mess and forever trying to put the paint in her mouth so I was on the lookout for something paint related when her 1st birthday was approaching.

      I came across the "fisher Price musical finger paint" when I was looking in toys r us for her present. I liked the look of it so bought it for £20.

      The musical finger paint is a chunky plastic toy that is like a magna doodle but instead of being magnetic, it has a sheet of plastic with what looks like paint underneath. If you can imagine finger paint with cling film on the top then that's what this is like. You can draw on pictures and use the large eraser that rubs out the unwanted picture. The toy is music so every time your baby touches it, it makes music. There are also 3 stampers, a star, a circle and a square. There is also a shakeable round pen. The toy is suitable from 9 months.

      I was a bit disappointed with this toy to be honest. The rubber is crap and you actually have to move the paint around the board with your finger to rub it out as the paint doesn't spread out enough leaving the picture still visible. The stampers don't work. I have to physically force them down and then you still cant really make the shape out. What chance has a 9 month old baby have if this is the case? I also find the toy rather annoying as every time I went past it, it sent the music off. So as you can imagine wasn't the best thing when you have just got your 1 yr old child off to sleep and that thing starts playing.

      I have since seen this toy for less than £20 which I think is a far better price as It is not a recommendation from me as my daughter soon got bored. Another thing I worried about as well was how easy it would be if the film (which is very thin) broke, this would cause the paint to spill out etc...was this paint safe?

      So me personally I would avoid this product... not worth its money.

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        30.11.2008 23:16

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        I would never buy this as a gift as i thing its a waste of money

        My daughter had this for a christmas present last year and i must say shes only played with it a few times.

        Me personal thought it was a waste of money as my daughter showed no intrest what so ever it comes with this rattle ball thing that is used for drawing and 3 basic shapes triangle , flower and heart which can also be used as a square and circles at the base .

        When your child starts to draw it leave a mixture of colors and the drawing board will also play music (only one music tune) there is also a button the child can press on the side of the board that with play the music .

        When your child wishes to clear their previous drawing and start again they had a bar of which they have to slide up and down but you must watch there tiny finger as my daughter has had hers trapped .

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        20.11.2008 14:18
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        Save you pennies and invest in some real paints.

        Having always been the creative type growing up I now enjoy encouraging my own children to take part in creative activities whether it be painting, cutting & sticking, Play Doh etc... Creative play is great for a child's development, they learn so much about shapes and colours, it develops their hand eye co-ordination and teaches them the value of sitting down and concentrating on projects. Sometimes though you just don't want all the mess and chaos that creative activities can bring and there are now quite a range of "mess free" creative toys on the market, Aquadraw is probably the most well known but there are also smaller toys like the Fisher Price Musical Finger Paint desk.

        Fisher Price Musical Finger Paint is a lap sized toy very similar to Magnadoodles and Megasketchers the main difference being that instead of creating grey images with the use of stylus and magnetic shapes you create coloured images by "finger painting" The finger painting part of the desk is made up by the thick blue liquid which is held under a clear sheet, as you run your finger over the surface pressing into the "paint" pictures are produced by revealing a hidden coloured image of patterns and shapes. The desk is made like a pressure pad so that when you press down on the paint it plays a range of different tunes, there are 2 different modes available, the first plays the music continuously by pressing the musical note button on top of the desk and the other plays the music only as long as pressure is on the board. When you have finished your picture and want to start again you simply pull the green and orange roll bar down over the image and it will spread out the blue paint creating a blank page to start anew. The desk also comes with 4 shaped tools which you can use to press into the paint and create shapes within your image, these are housed in appropriately shaped holes in the bottom of the desk.

        The desk itself is well made from chunky durable plastic, its bright colours are very eye catching and will no doubt attract the attention of most youngsters. It has a carry handle built into the frame making it easy for little ones to take it wherever they want to go and isn't too heavy that a 2 year old wont be able to manage it without assistance. It's a sturdy piece of equipment but the shape accessories are easily mislaid, they slot well into their compartments but you have to remember to put them back in there in the first place, not so easy when your toddler has ran off with one of them and put it in a safe place!

        The music the toy plays is fun and very appealing for little ones, with a happy Caribbean style made up from a range of instruments and sound effects, it is pleasant enough to listen to even for an adult and it makes a nice change to have something other than traditional nursery rhymes or loud, over bearing sounds. The tunes last no more then 30 seconds each but there are only 3 of them so they can get a bit repetitive if your little one keeps pressing the musical note button over and over again. While the batteries are going strong the music is very crisp and light and with 2 volume levels you can have a little control over just how loud your little one can be. The Finger Paint desk requires a substantial amount of batteries though which include 3 AA and 3 C types, they do last a long time but can work out expensive to replace if your little one uses the desk a lot with the music running.

        We initially received the toy when Christopher was a year old, he enjoyed playing with it but because the painting effect is created by moving the paint around the board he always found it difficult to create any lasting marks, wherever his small fingers moved the paint always seemed to fill in the space he'd just left, he did enjoy making the board play tunes though so he got a little enjoyment out of it at that stage. As he grew older and stronger he was able to make much more definite marks but again because you are pushing the paint around, and it only has limited space to go, it is difficult to achieve any level of detail, even a simple smiley face is hard as the eyes and nose will be filled in the moment you try and create a smile. Using the additional tools will indeed create the shapes they're intended to, which includes a circle, square and triangle, but it requires quite a bit of pressure to get a really crisp line from the shape which smaller children won't be able to achieve.

        While the toy has the benefit of being mess free it actually has little entertainment value, yes they can push the paint around making patterns and be rewarded with a pleasant tune but when their masterpiece is quickly ruined by the paint filling the in the spaces they've just made they quickly become frustrated. My little ones will start playing happily with the toy but the moment they start to struggle with an image they're coming to me to help them make the pictures, I don't mind playing with my children at all but when you've specifically given them a mess free toy in the hopes they'll play on their own for 5 minutes while you get jobs done it somewhat defeats the object that they need your help so quickly. I find it easier to just wait until I can supervise them and bring out real paints that they can enjoy properly, there may be a lot more cleaning to do but at least I know they'll have fun that will last a decent amount of time and I'm rewarded with a lovely picture to keep at the end of it.

        The toy can still be picked up in toy stores and online, and is currently available from Argos for £9.99. It is suitable for children 9 months and over but I wouldn't really recommend it, a younger child can have just as much fun under supervision with some chunky crayons and older children can use regular paints or even the Aquadraw I mentioned earlier. A Rainbow Aquadraw will give the same mess free fun, is reusable just like the Finger Paint desk but will allow your child to create more detailed images that wont fade quite as quickly, it may be more expensive but the extra investment would be worth it, if nothing else it will last until your child is much older whereas they will quickly grow out of the Finger Paint desk.

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          17.10.2008 16:13

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          not worth buying in my opinion.

          When i bought this is was on offer for £15 and im glad i didnt pay much as my 19 month old has hardly used it. She likes the music it plays but as it only playes one tune she looses interest really quickly. I bought it because she loves to colour and paint and i thought it would be a mess free alternative. I have tried doing it with her but i find it really difficult to you as well as the gel in it covers over what you have just done so you cant really get a full picture and it does not give a clear outline of what ever you push into it. My little girl was amused for a bout 5 mins that it played the tune when you lent on it but again as their is only one tune she lost interest quickly. I would not buy it again i would prefer an etch a sketch.

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          13.10.2008 23:35
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          a good idea and fun to play with

          i bought my now eldest daughter the fisher price musical finger paint toy a few years back, i think then it was about £20...so lowered in price now and i think this price suits this toy better.

          The board is large and chunky and has quite a large screen which is blue 'paint type substance' covered in a hard wearing plastic cover' and underneath are various shape to squash on and make patterns on the board - mess free painting.

          When pressure is applied to the board it plays music, and stops when pressure is released. there is also a button to play the music without pressing down the board.

          It works as an easel would - you make patterns and drawings and then pull down the bit to erase what has been done, and start again!

          my daughter have always loved playing with this. The one bad thing is that the shapes are very tightly fitted in the shape holders and they are really difficult to pull out - especially for small hands, and i get asked to take them out every two minutes when being played with!

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          14.03.2008 00:38

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          a brilliant toy for children strong enough to use it

          This toy is a great way to allow children to paint with there fingers mess free.

          The board is made of a hard plastic with a blue guey substance as the paint which has a thin soft plastic sheet infront of it to stop it making a mess of your hands.

          It needs 3 aa batteries and plays music when you play with it

          You have 4 shapes attached to the bottom of the board which you can push into the paint to make a pattern but you do have to push quite hard and you can also use your hands or feet.

          There is a pull down bar to smooth the paint back out after playing with it to start all over again but this doesnt smooth the paint very well unless you apply a lot of presure.

          I brought this from the argos for £19.99 when the girls were younger as it is aimed at children aged 18 months plus but needs that much pressure applying to the paint to maske it move my 3 year old is just now strong enough to play with it.

          I think this toy is fantastic but should be aimed at aged 3 plus.

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          20.04.2007 01:11
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          The Fisher price magical finger painter is not a great toy for young children

          My daughter got this finger painter for her first birthday. It is made hard plastic with double sided pieces which come out in order to make shapes in the paint. When the board is touched or pressed it can be switched on in order for it to play music (with two volume settings). The blue paint covers a multi-coloured background which is only visible when the child “finger paints”. Although my daughter was fascinated by this product to begin with we soon found that it had a few drawbacks. Once the paint has been moved around you have to pull down the bar in order to clear the image. However this is easier said than done. If the paint has been moved around so that it is uneven then parts of the background remain uncovered. Also for finger or hand prints to be made the child has to press fairly hard. As my daughter was quite young when she received this she found this extremely difficult and more often than not only left a slight impression in the paint rather than actually managing to allow the background to appear. On a whole I would not recommend this toy.

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          Musical finger paint combines messfree baby creativity with music!Music plays and colour appears when baby touches the drawing surface. Requires 3 x AA battery (included).Can be used flat. For ages 9 months and over.