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Good toys that entertain kids can be hard to find. One of our all time favorites is a foldable pad that you can draw on with a water-filled pen.
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I love this pad. It’s magic. You can write and write and write. Normally, I draw a thousand (and one) trains on it for my son. “One more, Mommy,” he says in his tiny, can’t-refuse-him voice. “Draw train Mommy.”
Of course I draw a train. And another, and another. I draw dogs, cats, houses, letters, numbers, our names. We trace each others hands, feet, legs. Everything evaporates. We draw again.
This magical pad folds up and works with a magic pen — just water. OMG, I just realized that I could use a paint brush on it! Yes, a paint brush would be magical fun. Must do that next time. Wonder what a train will look like painted with a brush? I will soon find out.
Our magic pad (aka the AquaDoodle – Draw N Doodle – Classic Mat) was given to my son as a Christmas gift (Thanks, Padillas!) and it’s been a hit ever since. What I love about it is that you can use it and use it and use it, then forget about it and be totally mesmerized all over again when you try it again.
Go get one of these magic pads for yourself. I guarantee you’ll like it as much as your kid, maybe more.
Update: A reader (thanks AussieMummy) commented and let me know about a Thomas the Tank Engine version of this mat. You can draw railroad tracks and a battery-operated Thomas will follow the tracks!
There is a princess version, a Dora version, probably others that I still don’t know about.
Update again … Aqua Doodle now sells the classic mat that I talk about here, but also a larger mat called the Jumbo Deluxe Mat, and tools that include a brush, pen and stencils.
Because I get a lot of requests for this post, I’ve created a slideshow with links to the products so you don’t have to waste time searching for them online.
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