Crayola suggest that the recommended age group for this toy is between two and five years old.
Thumbs Up Points
We very much like creative toys and this sand scribbler helps with learning colors, coordination and creative learning.
The way you do the scribbling is with a large ergonomic stylus that is easy for children to grip and is tethered so that it won’t go missing.
Children can then draw shapes in the sand and when they want to start again they just shake the sand scribbler to erase the previous picture.
The initial writing feature works without batteries and uses a magnetic nib on the stylus but there is also a light function that requires batteries. The background light rotates through twelve different colors to illuminate your child’s pictures. There is also a button included that your child can scroll through to find the color they want.
A thoughtful added feature to the light show effect is that it turns itself off after it has been inactive for a certain length of time, thus conserving battery life.
We appreciated that it is portable and would be great for long car journeys especially. When travelling at night the illuminated background is particularly impressive.
Thumbs Down Points
The area where you actually do the drawing is fairly small and the large stylus makes it only possible to draw broad, simple drawings on it. It won’t be ideal for trying to teach words, though you could possibly draw letter on it.
We would say it is more useful for younger children to teach them about colors and shapes than for older children who maybe are already learning their alphabet.
What Consumers are Saying
With an average rating of four stars, this is better than the average toy value these days. Here are a few extracts from the customers on Amazon who took the time to give their opinions:
I thought this toy was kind of silly when I first opened the box but my kids are enamored with it.
We’ll use this for road trips to distract our toddler for a bit once the sun has set
Just terrific! The colors change all of the time while you are playing in the sand!
Value in a Nutshell
You can get similar scribbling devices from Etch a Sketch and Fisher Price at comparable prices, but the difference with this one is the light show and real sand. For older children the devices where they can actually write words and draw more detailed pictures might be better. For younger children with less coordination skills the Crayola Mess-Free Sand Scribbler might be easier and more fun with the 12 different colored lights.
We cast our vote for no mess toys! This is a nice toy for younger kids and will keep them busy especially when travelling it has creative potential and also aids learning. While this pre-school toy didn’t particularly ‘wow ‘us it does what it says and many youngsters will love it.