As Babies R Us playologists, we got sent the Tomy Jungle Magic Sounds Aquadoodle to review from Toys R Us. Something the toddler was more then happy to play with and give feedback on. Now the recommended age is 18 months+ so ideal for our 22 month old, it’s something which doesn’t come with a maximum age and I can see why as the 4 year old got just as much satisfaction from playing with it.
Setting it up is easy, simply take the mat out of the box and lay it down where you wish to use it, for us we popped it on the floor so the kids could get easy access to it. Pop 2 x AAA (sold separately) into the orange pen. Then take the special pen and unscrew it, fill it with water and then pop that little pen into the bigger orange pen. Turn the switch to on and then you’re ready to go, simple as that. No complicated set up and it’s ready to play within minutes, the birthday boy/girl dont have to hang around and will be playing with the new toy in no time at all.
Pretty straightforward for kids to grasp the concept of, the 1 year old was drawing straight away. And was it messy? Not at all. Thanks to the water pen, the only drawing that is allowed to happen, is on the actual mat. They go out the lines but it wont matter, your carpet/table will remain paint/felt tip/crayon free. Perfect for encouraging children to draw from a young age without the worry of them eating pens or making a mess.
Tomy have added to the excitement by adding jungle sound spots around the mat, to activate these you just simple press the end of the orange pen on to them. Dylan thinks this is hilarious, he’s all about animal sounds at the moment and is learning animals at the same time. Thumbs up for that educational aspect from us.
We’re fans and we have no qualms as a family about recommending this for your family. I love how it’s encouraged creative development for both my children and well as encouraging those imaginations.
Emma blogs at Me, The Man & The Baby, you can follow her on twitter as @MeTheManAndBaby