The mat itself is less than a metre square so doesn’t take up loads of room (and also folds neatly for storage). It comes with a special pen which you fill with water. Needless to say, any toy which requires filling with water fills me with dread . . . the potential for spillage is high! Not so with the Aquadoodle. The the pen screws together securely so there is no leaking. The pen nib is soft and allows moisture to flow through for mark making on the mat however it doesn’t dribble or drip. I’m already impressed.
Aside from the lack of mess, I love that the Aquadoodle mat is reusable – once the water has dried up the drawings disappear and you can fold it up and put it away for another day.
What we love about it:
- It’s small size means that whilst it feels like a massive space for little ones to be creative, it doesn’t take up loads of room on your floor or in your cupboard.
- It’s fantastic for encouraging initial mark making in toddlers – and equally useful for practising letter formation in older children like Ben and Chloe.
- There is no mess. No spillages, no ink or paint on hands / clothes / furniture.
- The chunky pen is easy for little hands to hold
- The pen nib is sturdy and will withstand plenty of use
- The bright images around the outside of the mat allow for developing observation skills
- The letters and numbers on the mat can be used for tracing or copying
What we’re not so keen on:
- With three kids keen to get involved, there has been some arguing over the pen this morning. However, I have noticed that spare / replacement pens are available on Amazon so I’m off to invest! (I do think that, as with any pen, the nib will wear and squash over time – so even if you’ve only got one child using the Aquadoodle, the spare pens could be very useful!)
Ben, Chloe and Amy give the Aquadoodle a massive thumbs up . . .
*We were sent the Aquadoodle free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*