Imagine a toy that is reusable, suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, rolls up for storage, and inspires creativity without any mess–and you’ll have Aquadoodle. My daughter will draw all day long, but she always wants a clean page. We save a few of her paintings, but mainly she just enjoys doodling. Since she is not attached to any of her masterpieces quite yet, it seems a shame to fill page after page, wasting all those trees. So, I was eager to see if she would take to an Aquadoodle mat.
The Aquadoodle mat is lead-free, BPA-free, and Phthalate-Free and all you need to add is water to start the fun, just make sure younger toddlers understand that they should not draw on the mat with ink or crayon.
My toddler immediately understood the concept and grabbed the special water pen. She did not mind at all that her drawings faded as the mat dried…that just made room for more drawing. The mat is large enough so that two toddlers can share without getting in each others’ ways.
The Aquadoodle mat ($20-40 retail, depending on the style) is a fabulous concept and I’m putting the Spinmaster Aquadoodle Wall Mat on the Holiday Gift Wish List this year.
We also received the Bath Blizzard from Kid Kleen. Anyone who has tried to get bubbles going in just a little bit of water for a toddler can appreciate the idea behind the Bath Blizzard–essentially, you create a blizzard of bubbles in your bathtub.
This is a brilliant idea because what child does not love bubbles? I wish we had this product when my toddler went through her bath-phobia stage at around 10 months’. This may have been just the distraction we needed.
You can use the Bath Blizzard liquid, which is fragrance and paraben free, or regular bubble bath, a definite convenience.
The biggest drawback to the Bath Blizzard is attaching it to the tub. The handle is not particularly sturdy and the Bath Blizzard slips off certain styles of faucet.
But if you are looking for a new way to make bath time lots of fun and the old rubber ducky standby is not quite cutting it any more, the Bath Blizzard (approximately $20 retail) will whip up some bubbly good times.