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Aquadoodle Review

So like me you probably want to release your little one’s inner creative genius but you’d rather not have crayon or paint all over your walls

or furniture? The first time I tried arts and crafts with my little girl it got somewhat messy and slightly put me off from going there again in my own home for quite a while!

However at Christmas I came across Aquadoodle and it is a fantastic solution!

Generally speaking Aquadoodle is a mat that you can lay on your floor (travel sizes also available) and allow children to doodle on with the Aquadoodle pen.

So what’s the difference to a piece of paper and crayons or pens I hear you ask? The difference being that the Aquadoodle pen will ONLY write on the Aquadoodle mat, so any stray strokes won’t leave any tell-tale signs! Genius! All you need do is fill the Aquadoodle pen with water and hey presto it writes, there’s no ink and it’s non-toxic too.

My little one found it hard to draw with crayons initially as she couldn’t put enough pressure onto the paper but the Aquadoodle pen needs little pressure at all and is easy for little fingers to grip and doodle with.

The mat we have has a range of pictures around the edge, each relating to a letter of the alphabet, when the pen is drawn over the images and / or letter they show up in dark blue, so it’s a great way of encouraging your child to doodle, whilst also teaching them new words and the alphabet. the centre part of the mat is left for releasing your child’s creativity in whatever way they like. My daughter and I draw around one another’s hands and I have even managed to draw around her when she was a little smaller! You can even wet your child’s hands and feet and they can make marks on the mat that way too.

You can get lots of different versions of the mats including a rainbow one which looks quite cool, as well as smaller travel / table size mats (the large ones do however roll / fold down very small anyway). My daughter loves playing with her Aquadoodle and although not cheap I think it’s certainly been worth the money!

Find out more about Aquadoodle

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Fun Morning Out Trying Something New!

I guess this post follows on perfectly from my previous post yesterday about the joys and benefits of reading!

We’ve just had a fun morning out at a local Debutots class with a couple of my lovely mummy friends and our daughters. I’d seen the groups advertised for several months but was never sure if my daughter was at the right age yet however as I saw today there were children there of all ages and they were all having great fun!

As the Debutots website says Debutots is a unique blend of interactive storytelling and dramatic play for 6 months to 7 years where imaginations soar, communication skills grow and creativity and confidence gently blossom.”

It does just what it says on the tin!

The class involved a sing song welcome with actions for everyone to join in with and then moved onto a bit of dancing, which saw all the kids up and shaking about. In between bouts of music the lady running the class introduced the different characters that were going to be in the story for the day and encouraged the children to act the animals out. There was a Fox, which saw the children on their hands and knees sniffing the ground and shaking their tales, a Rabbit, which saw them bouncing with their floppy ears and eating a carrot, a badger, which involved them on their hands and knees, scratching at the ground and digging up delicious earthworms to eat, followed by an owl, which the children loved creating by running around swooping their arms like wings.

We then moved on to telling the tale about how Fireman Fox went around checking all the BBQ fires that the creatures were making and at one point Fireman Fox had to put out the fire that had got too big when one of the animals had fallen asleep and left it. The children all had to run and grab their pretend buckets of water to throw on the flames.

It was lovely to watch them all engaging with the one another and creatively acting out the story. I think it’s important to encourage children to use their imagination and to journey off into magical lands on adventures. I think it helps build their interaction with one another and overall communication skills as well as their creativity.

After the main class there were story books for the children to choose and read and juice, tea and biscuits for everyone to enjoy while having a catch up too. Always a bonus!

I had fun and I know my daughter did, she was clapping, laughing and shaking her body to the music, I think it will be even better as she gets a bit older as she is still quite young and not steady on her feet yet, once she can run around more and get up and down easily she could get really involved. A plus point is that it wore her out and she’s fast asleep now and I am getting to write this update for you all and have a cup of tea! All in all I will certainly go back to a Debutots class and would recommend any mum to take a look at the Debutots site and find out if there’s a group near you, It’s not expensive and offers a fun filled creative hour to entertain your little ones!

Do you have an experience of a Debutots group or other children’s drama group near you? Why not share it with us!?

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