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This toy was purchased for my son who is nearly 3 years old.
Firstly, this toy is a lot larger than I was expecting which is a good thing to me as it means there is plenty of room for my son to draw his pictures.
The cord length for the pen is very good and he has no trouble at all reaching any of the corners with it, i feared it may be too short but luckily it's the perfect length.
The slider works very well although when erasing a picture you need to move the slider slowly, if you do it too fast it doesn't erase the picture correctly and you have to repeat it before it goes.
You get 4 stamps with this toy, 1 is a bunny head outline, another is an arrow, the 3rd is a swirl pattern and the 4th is a flowery type pattern.
The stamps work really well and you do not have to press too hard to achieve it, just a light touch will do it.
The megasketcher is an attractive colour and works for both boys and girls, so it is definitely a toy i would recommend.
The Tomy Megasketcher was a firm favourite with my daughter until she managed to stand on it and crack the plastic surrounds and it had to be put in the bin. My daughter has always enjoyed drawing and when looking for presents for her third christmas we picked this up for her. My daughter was 2 1/2 at her third christmas although this toy is suggested for aged 3 plus we felt she would be fine with this toy as long as she was supervised due to the string that the pen is on. The toy costs around £15 and can be bought in toyshops, supermarkets and the likes of Argos.
The Megasketcher is bright yellow and blue in colour and has curved sides, there is a place on the bottom for the pen to sit in and the pen is attached to the main toy with a piece of string. The main screen for the drawing is grey in colour and is of a good size to allow your child plenty of drawing space, the overall toy is about 12 inches x 18 inches. There is a pull down button on the side to clear the screen and the toy comes with four different shaped stampers hand, flower, house and circle. The board has a carry handle which I think is a good addition and makes it easy to transport.
The toy is very easy to use and to begin with my daughter used the open in a fisted grip but we soon managed to get her to hold the pen properly, the string allows the pen to reach every corner of the board without being too long so that it gets tangled and for all I would never take the risk I would say your child would have to have a very small neck to manage to choke themselves. The toy is pretty robust and was flung around by the string many times by my daughter and the pen never came unattatched it's just a shame the plastic couldn't withstand her weight when she stood on it.
I liked this toy as much as my daughter as at 2 1/2 we didn't want to be giving her pencils and paper as we felt the walls would probably get it as soon as we took our eyes off her but with this toy there is no mess to contend with. This toy was played with alot, it was kept mainly at my Dads who is my childrens carer when I work and as a keen artist he would often sit and try and teach my daughter how to draw different things and some of it must have sunk in as for a four year old she is a pretty good drawer now. Apparently this toy works with magnets but I don'rt know the science of this however I do know that before my daughter managed to break this toy there were bits of ther board where the pen and stamps would no longer work which maqkes me wonder is a magent had been dislodged or something. This toy gave hours of fun and when my youngest is big enough we will be buying her one too.
Sometimes we receive presents for my daughter from her Aunty and Uncle because they have already had the same toy for their daughter who is two years older than our daughter. Receiving a gift due to a recommendation from another parent is always a luxury that I love as we usually know we are receiving something well made or that will last.
Our Tomy Megasketcher came in a nice pink colour rather than the orange and yellow version pictured here. The design and extras are all the same however, so it's just the girly colour that my daughter loves.
I remember having a Megasketcher when I was growing up, but they have moved on with advancements of technology somewhat since then.
The Tomy version has a screen the size if an A4 piece of paper, and a generous thick border of plastic surrounding on all sides.
With the addition of a pen which is secured to the unit via a piece of string, there are also four shapes that can be used with the screen.
Essentially a Megasketcher has a magnetic screen and the tools provided draw all the magnetic fields under the screen together to provide the line, shape etc that is placed onto the screen by the user.
Once the screen has been drawn on, the master piece can be removed by triggering the wipe free arm on the side if the screen. This version has a pull back motorised arm so young children need to be careful when pulling down on the arm, to ensure they don't try and go against the motor and break the mechanism.
It took my daughter a few goes to understand just to pull it once right to the bottom and then it will go back on it's own.
The screen itself is quite durable against small children and heavy handedness with the pen. We haven't managed to dent the screen so far after a year of use, despite pressing quite hard with the pen on occasion. I remember the sketcher I had when I was young, the screen didn't stand up to much force at all.
As the pen is attached with string, it means it won't get lost too quickly. Sadly though I find the string to be quite short in length, which I can only assume is a safety issue for children not to strangle themselves or get tied up in it too easily. It does restrict drawing freedom somewhat though.
The shapes that are provided with the sketcher are quite fun and makes it a bit more interesting to create shapes with the scribbles that come with young children's artistic impressions.
After looking up the price, I was pleased to see the Megasketcher costs in the region of £15 which I think is very reasonable for what you get. Essentially you don't need anything else to provide entertainment for the child. The fact it doesn't require batteries is also a great plus point.
Overall I think this is a great toy that will last my daughter for a couple more years before she out grows it I think. Despite being suitable for children age 3 and over, a younger child could easily use this under supervision.
I bought this for my daughter when she was about 15months because she was staring to show interest in crayons and pencils, so I thought this would be a good purchase and might prevent her writing on the walls!
It is for children 18mths+, but it didn't do her any harm having it younger than that, it doesn't have any really small pieces for her to swallow. I bought it from Argos and paid about £12 for it.
She is showing more interest in it by now, that she is 20 months, and it has given her HOURS of entertainment.
The magnetic drawing board is approx 25cmx20cm and is grey in colour. The board has a special pen that will only write on this board, thank goodness! The pen is tied to the board with a piece of string, very practical in my eyes. You can use both sides of the pen to write, one end thicker than the other. To clear the writing / pictures from the board all you need to do is to pull the leaver and the work of art will disappear. After constant use over months our screen does have quite a few marks which no longer erase, but it honestly has had a hard time! Actually, I'm surprised that it is still working at all!
The Megasketcher also contains four stamps, which my daughter loves to use because she thinks she has then done an amazing drawing that she recognises! There are stored and slotted in at the top of the sketcher, but the do tend to go missing every now and again. These are the smallest pieces on the sketcher, she does put them in her mouth, but in my opinion way too big to swallow. These also still work after being sucked and chewed!
One of our best buys. She's had loads of use out of it and has encouraged her to use a pen to make marks. It's also helping her to recognise her name as I am always writing it on the sketcher!
Very durable, it has been thrown around and walked on, but in very good condition considering. Great Christmas gift. Available to buy in blue/yellow and in pink. They are available in most good toyshops and online, ranging in price from £10-£18.
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My mum has been a childminder for many years and the megasketcher was always something that seemed to have been in the toy box, so when i had my little girl she seemed quite keen on it too! I decided to buy her one of her own for her birthday so she could have one at home as well as at Grandma's. (The version i have is slightly different to the one pictured and i bought the pink one)
What is a megasketcher? Well basically it is a rectangular plastic frame with a 30cm x 19cm magnetic screen. It has a chunky plastic handle which makes it easy for the child to carry around and along the top are four little stampers in different shapes - house, hand, swirl and sunshine, these clip into place so they don't fall out when its being moved around. Down the right hand side of the megasketcher is the eraser, which is a retractable arrow and when the child pulls it to the bottom it rubs out the picture on the screen. The "pen" is kept in a holder at the bottom of the plastic and is held on by a piece of string.
My daughter is very keen on drawing so this toy is used on a regular basis. It is hard wearing and although its been dropped several times it is still in perfect condition. There has been tears when my little girl has erased one of the pictures and she then realises that its gone for good!!
I think this is a great toy, it is a fab alternative to paper and crayons and using the stampers as well is great for the imagination as the child can make little scenes and pictures up that they maybe wouldn't think of if they were using just paper.
There is only one negative i have found with this toy and that is that the stampers are quite difficult to fit back into the hole, they have to click in and its hard for a child to do that.
The recommended age for this is 3 years+ but my daughter has had a lot of enjoyment with this from being much younger than that so i would say that age guide isn't all that accurate. The current price of the megasketcher is around a tenner which is a great price for such a good toy.
The Tomy Megasketcher is something I bought for my 2 year old son at Christmas, and although the Megasketcher is supposedly for children 3 years and above, it still seemed to be something that I felt he would get a decent amount of use from. I bought it from good old Amazon for £14.95 - although I have seen it on Amazon for only £12 since then.
At its most basic level, the Megasketcher is a board which allows children to draw on it over and over again without using paper or ink. In this respect, its something that a child can use over and over again - and it never wears out or needs bits replacing. My son certainly does play with it most days and its something that he'll play with for a while, then put down, and then return to it later.
The board dimensions are 50 cm x 32 cm x 4 cm and so, although its fairly large, it is relatively flat and so its easily stored away. The board has a blue and orange frame attached which is bright and attractive and catches a child's eye. The board itself is a grey / white colour and if you look closely it is made up of hundreds of little faint hexagons intertwined together.
Within the frame there is a thick, chunky "pen" which is non-ink and only works on the board using magnets. The pen is chunky enough for a young child to be able to use comfortably, and yet the nib is fine enough for older children with improved dexterity and fine motor skills who might want to do more intricate designs. The pen is secured within a holder and so its easily stored when its not in use, but it is also attached to the frame by a thin rope so that the child can't loose it. This is very much needed if you have a son like mine who would loose his head if it wasn't screwed on!!
The pen is used to draw pictures or to write on the board. Basically, the metal tip has to come in contact with the screen, and then a grey mark will be left on the screen that doesn't look unlike a pencil marking. The markings can only be made in grey and so outline drawings are all thats reasonably possible.
On the top part of the frame, there are four shapes that are secured into their own individual holders. These shapes can be used to draw patterns on the board also. The negative thing about these shapes is that they are quite small, and as they are unattached to the board - and hence they are very easily lost! My son lost these shapes, one by one, in about a week.
Along the right hand side of the board is a blue lever which is used to erase the screen. Basically, when the child wants to clear the screen, he pulls down on the lever, there is a whirring sound, and then the screen erases and is as good as new. The only thing is that this lever can be a little hard for a little person to pull down, but then I guess my son is not at the recommended 3 years old yet and so hopefully by then he'll have the strength to do it himself! At present, I have to pull the lever for him.
The product is washable, which is obviously advantageous for any product that is used by children! I've washed the screen and the frame with warm soapy water many times and its been easily cleaned with no ill effects.
I would highly recommend this product for any little person between the ages of 2 and 7. Its fun, its not messy, its reusable, its sturdy - and it lasts and lasts and lasts.
I bought my son the Tomy mega sketcher off a car boot for £2. Through researching I have found these are currently for sale for between £12 and £18 so I truly picked up a bargain.
What is the Mega Sketcher?
It is a magnetic drawing pad with a difference. It is quite cumbersome and while the drawing area is roughly the size of a piece of A4 paper with the eraser, stampers and pen in the frame it is bigger. Our Pad has four magnetic shapes a circle, Heart star and a car although the current selling ones appear to have a picture of a house rather than a car and a ten point star rather than a heart. It also comes with a magnetic pen and has a pull down tab to clear the board which winds itself back up making a loud whirring noise.
My son was given this when he was two years old and at that age was not really able to make many marks with a pen but as this magnetically lifts grey fillings to the surface it was simple and he was delighted with the results. He initially used the stampers to wipe across the board and cover in grey. I found initially I did have to warn him about stopping the eraser with the stampers or physically pressing down to stop the eraser returning to its start position.
Now my son is three he is much more skilled in drawing. He is able to draw specific shapes and actually uses the stamps to create the picture they are intended to. Although he is still not able to draw recognisable pictures this is a great way to start. I have also used it as he is learning to write his name so it gives him a chance to copy without using hundreds of sheets of paper.
This toy is ideal for creating masterpieces and developing fine motor skills. I have certainly noticed as my son's fine motor skills develop he is able to get more use from this toy. It is not his favourite toy but something that he does play with on a regular basis.
I do find that as we have owned this for a year one of the stamps has completely disappeared and individual stamps do disappear and reappear on a regular basis.
I do personally like the fact that it is easily wipe able and despite it been second hand and owned by my son it is in great condition the only noticeable thing is some rippling on the label.
This product is recommended for children for three years and over and I think this may down to limited drawing skills of a younger child and the stampers could be a choking hazard for a child who would put them in their mouth but with supervision these are a great way to start a child learning to draw. This is a toy that is played for both by both my son's boy and girl friends and think is ideal for both genders.
While we have always used this at home it could equally be used in the car to entertain them on a long journey. It is only the size that makes it much less transportable.
This is one buy that I do think will have play value for many years to come and though I got an amazing bargain I still think that full price it is value for money. As I have found large variations in price it is definitely shopping around for the best price.
This is toy recommended by both my son and I.
The Tomy Megasketcher is a timeless classic. Fun and educational, helping develop a child's manual dexterity. Having played with this when I was a young child and can still remember the fun and entertainment I got from it, so it just seemed right to introduce my own daughter to it.
And I was right; my daughter loves the Megasketcher, just as I did.
Although she's still too young to produce a masterpiece, she still loves creating lines and scribbles and watching them disappear with a pull of a lever.
This toy is perfect for children and toddlers, as well as parents. Easy to use, lightweight, requires no batteries and relatively small, this toy is perfect for travel and home play. Although the magnetic pen is attached to the toy, the stamps aren't, which means losing these are extremely easy, especially if you're travelling.
The Tomy Megsketcher is also easy on the pocket, averaging at around £10, depending on where you buy and is available at all major toy retailers, as well as the larger supermarkets and online.
The toy itself is made from hard plastic and can withstand the general mistreatment that comes from a small child, making it the ideal toy - or gift! - as it's almost guaranteed to last a while.
I bought my 2 and 3 year old sons one of these each for Christmas this year. They previously had a Thomas the Tank Engine one (also Tomy) that they were sharing but it was getting rather broken, being second hand when we got it. These cost me £12.99 each from Argos and I think that is a very reasonable price.
~~~ What it does ~~~
This is one of those drawing toys that works by drawing on it with a magnetic pen, which pulls iron filings to the surface creating an image in whatever design you chose. The picture can be wiped by pulling the eraser button down, which travels back up again, detatching the iron filings and erasing the image, ready to be drawn on again.
So basically, a way of drawing that creates no mess and can be carried around with you. A great idea!
The Tomy Megasketcher pen is attatched by string so it doesn't get lost. The toy also comes with 4 printing tools, a spiral shape, a sun, a flower and one that I say is a house but my husband insists is an arrow! The stampers are a nice idea as the child can incorporate them into their pictures or just bang them on and get a pretty pattern. Unfortunately they clip in very firmly so many children have trouble getting them out and then can't put them back, so they get lost.
~~~ The downsides ~~~
The eraser is mechanised so you pull it down and it travels back up by itself. This is quite slow and children have a tendency to try to force it so this may cause problems after a while.
Your child may create some amazing artwork than gets erased a few minutes later so you can't keep it or show it to anyone (unless you're very quick with a camera!).
The toy is quite large so is best used sitting on the floor, you could take it in the car but it would be rather bulky.
The screen is not as tough as it could be and can be almost wrinkled if your child pushes on it, it is not a solid screen.
~~~ My opinion ~~~
Having had the thomas one previously I am able to compare and suprisingly the Thomas one was sturdier. The screen was solid plastic rather than flexible which it is on this one. Also I found the Thomas one gave a clearer picture.
However, as a toy on its own the Tomy Megasketcher is great value and will provide your child with endless hours of amusement. It doesn't cause any mess and yet allows your child to be creative. My sons were really pleased with these toys and use them on a daily basis, which I think speaks for itself.
I am deducting a star for build quality and the fact that the stampers don't fit in very well.
On holiday last week I spotted the Tomy Megasketcher in Tesco's for £10 which I thought was a very good price, I had been looking for something to keep my son occupied in the car and this seemed ideal.
The megasketcher is made out of a strong sturdy plastic, it is blue and orange in colour and has a very handy carry handle at the top of the board.
A megasketcher is a magnetic drawing board which is filled with iron filings, when your child uses the stamps or the pens the filings get drawn to the surface of the board and look grey in colour.
It is quite big 45cm x 30cm with the drawing area measuring approximately 29cm x 19.5cm.
Looking at the board there are 4 stamp magnets - a flower, a spiral, paw print and a house though this also looks like an arrow.
There is a pen which is attached to the board by a white cord string it is very clever as if you use one end you will get a thin line, and if you use the other end of the pen you get a thick line.
On the right hand side of the board is a blue plastic circle basically once you are ready to erase your picture you just push the circle to the bottom and it will automatically go to the top at the same time it cleans the screen.
-What do I think?-
My son loves his megasketcher and will sit for ages and he comes up with some fabulous pictures, the one big downside of course is we cannot keep his wonderful art work and often my husband will tell me to take a look at my sons picture but I am too late as my son has already erased it!
The only other problem is sometimes I find that even though my son pushes the erase button to the bottom of the screen that it does not always erase all of the picture though once he does it a 2nd time it does clear.
We really found the mega sketcher useful last week both in the car and in the caravan as it kept my son occupied while we were stuck in traffic jams. It is a little bit big but he didn't seem to have any problems using it in the car, what I liked was that once he was finished with the stamps he could just place them back into their slots so that he didn't lose them.
No batteries needed
You can purchase extra pens from Tomy for £3.50
Price - £10 in Tesco
I bought one of these for my son but it was a cheaper make without the stamp shapes due to being out of work it was also alot smaller in size.
When I had my daughter I had a bit more money in my back pocket so I decided to have a look in the argos because they are a great way to learn drawing and writing to help them with development. This one cost me £10 from argos that I couldnt belive because my sons had cost me that much and was not as good.
This one was orange and ble and had green and yellow shaped stamps an arrow a paw print, a flower and a swirl. On the right hand sider there is a button that is pulled down to clear the board of any drawing that has been don and at the bottom there is a pen attached to some string with a magnet tip and on the other end there is a smaller magnet that will make a full stop mark.
The way that this works is that there are metal files inside this board so when you use any of the magnets it will pull the files to the surface to make the picture, when they are finished they can clear it off with the button on the right hand side that will knock the files from the surface.
I have tended to write the letters of the alphabet on this board to help my child learn letters and also numbers it saves on paper. My son is now 5 and he also likes to use this toy to show me how he can write and draw.
It is a sold toy that has a handle to be carried it is a big board so it is harder for a smaller child to carry around but it is not heavy.
The only problem with the toy is that the compartments where the shapes fit do not fit the shapes well when they have been taken out and will fall out from time to time and young children do tend to put these in their mouth so you will have to supervise the child with this.
The robust and colourful Megasketch is used to draw pictures or shapes on to then wipe away and start all over again, a great way to introduce mark making and name writing to children. They come with stamps in the shape of foot prints, swirls, arrows and a kind of star and there is also a pen attached to a string. To erase any drawing you would just need to pull the knob on the side down and let it go at the bottom, the slate is cleaned instantly ready for more drawing fun.
You can spend lots of time drawing pictures and erasing them and using all the accessories to create different shapes and unusual pictures. The only bad point is that the magnetic stamps are easy to lose. This one is vibrant in colour and easy to use, no fuss and can be for a boy or a girl, there are different designs out there so you can always find one with the most popular TV characters on. The string with the pen attached is the right length, not too long to be dangerous and not to short to restrict movement. Easy to clean, I would recommend buying one
the tomy megasketcher is a great product and i would deffinetly recomend. my daughter has had one of these since she was 18m old in varius colours. she is now 3 and it is still her favousite toy. the sketcher comes with a pena dn dabbers in different shapes to add to the effect of your picture. the newer versions have a kind of moter so which makes wiping the creen easier. this has witheld my 3 year old pulling iot down then forcing it back up and still works. it has been dropped many a time and still looks new. its wipe clean which is great for sticky fingers. your child can draw away for hours without you having to wory about them drawing on the walls and furniature. you wil even find that you start toplay with it. great for bonding and interacting with your child. great fun on long tripd or days out to keep your little one amused.
This is a nice colourful, solidly made toy.
It has a big rectangular screen, and a useful carrying handle. The "pen" is attached by a string so that it doesn't get lost. Across the top are four stamper tools.
When you draw on the screen with the special magnetic pen it shows in darker grey. The four stamper tools are good for stamping a shape on the screen - a house, hand, sun, or swirl.
When you are bored with the picture, you push the slider across the bottom. Then it whirs slowly back, clearing the screen as it goes.
This gets used a lot. For some reason drawing a picture on it is more entertaining than drawing on paper. They do sometimes get upset if a sibling erases their picture though! We have one for each of our older two children - the first one was too popular!
The only disadvantage that I can think of is that it is quite hard to fit the stampers back in their holes, so they fall out a lot and I find them lying around.
It is currently selling for £10 in Argos, which is a good price. We also have the Super Scribbler from ELC - which is the same size and also has a handle, an attached pen, and four stamper tools, but sells for £17.
my middle child (then 2)was given this tomy megasketcher drawing board for christmas last year and it has been a big hit with not just her but my eldest (4) as well.
its chunky and ,made from hard wearing plastic, has a large drawing screen and it has a carry handle and the magnetic pen is joined on with string (cant get lost!) and has a little holder, there are 4 magnetic drawing acessories in various shapes to make pretty patterns and shapes.
when you have finished the picture you pull down the wiper bit and it goes back up by itself and clears the drawing, ready to start again! Great to encourage children to be creative.
easy to wipe clean this drawing board is fun for all ages, even my 10month old loves to have a go.
The only downside is all three children argue over it and so i will be buying another one at christmas!
A magnetic drawing board with a special screen which allows budding artists to draw clear, crisp pictures. The pictures magically disappear with a sweep of the eraser. Pen draws thick and thin lines. Includes four shape stampers