A lot of people know that I have an OCD when it comes to cleanliness. I have no problem with it if the kids can make sure that they can keep everywhere else clean (a bit difficult with our current house), but I'm not unreasonable and know that it will just spoil their fun if I keep nagging at them.
So I have been getting the kids mess free products to compensate, like using water to draw so even if it gets spilled outside the drawing area it's still just water. The kids can draw freely without me hovering over them like a hawk, and I don't have to worry about paint all over the carpet and sofa. The products have their limitations, however, and the kids get upset that their effort disappears in front of their eyes.
When I spotted Crayola's new my first Crayola Doodle Magic range at the Toy Fair, I knew immediately that they will be the solution to the problem, and the kids can finally draw in different colours too!
We were sent 2 products from the my first Crayola Doodle Magic range: the Doodle Magic Colour Mat (rrp £19.99) and Doodle Magic Travel pack (£12.99).
The mat is fairly big, and comes with a large outer pocket, straps to hold the mat when rolled up, 4 Doodle Magic Watercolour Markers (green, yellow, purplish pink and orange), eraser brush and a towel, all can be tidied away nicely along the edge (see above image).
As they are watercolour markers, the colour comes out slightly lighter than on the packaging, but still good enough for us. Like all other markers and felt tips, make sure you click the lid close every time after use so they won't dry up. They probably will loose colour eventually like all other markers (ours are still moist), but you can buy the markers and eraser pack separately (approx £5.99).
To activate the eraser brush, simply unscrew the top, fill the tube with water and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, and screw it back again. Then gently press the brush down onto a flat surface a few times until it's moist.
|Towel folded in half|
The Doodle Magic travel pack is just like the large mat but travel friendly, and comes with 3 colour markers instead. When Abby quickly claimed the big mat hers and Clay can have the smaller mat, I laughed at her and told her not to fight over it when Clay brings it out in the car! That's when the word "share" pops up!
Overall we are very happy with the Doodle Magic range. The kids can still draw like usual, and I don't have to worry about them drawing on the table or sofa. They are washable as long as it's not drawn on a piece of paper, but they can do that as well if they really want to. I also like the fact that the markers left no residue on the mat, like whiteboard markers do on a whiteboard. It's a fantastic product and will solve a lot of parents' OCD problem. It will be even better if Crayola can introduce a few more colours into the range.