Fisher-Price DoodlePro Review

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

Good size of drawing screen

Attached pen for writing and drawing

Four stamps in four different shapes

Eraser that you can easily slide in order to erase

Convenient handle on the top of the board for carrying

Lightweight product

We don’t like

The board can hardly ever be cleaned entirely by one move of the eraser

Too often there are metal residues that do not come off

Magnetic stamps easily fall off

How it works

Kids who are in the period of toddlerhood love exploring the world and pushing the limits so they can test how far they can go. Ever had a toddler who loves painting and drawing on the walls? Actually, there are many little artists out there, especially in this period. This is a challenging period for the parents as well as for the kids because it is a period of many developments. Fisher-Price is a reputable company that pays attention to detail and takes into account the developmental stages of the kids for whom the product is recommended. In this period of development, kids love to draw and they start drawing faces of people and scribbling in an effort to write some letters or their names. They also learn the colors and the shapes and love experimenting with them.

Fisher-Price Doodle Pro Slim is a magnetic drawing board that kids love because of the descent size of the surface for drawing and the attached pen for writing. If you are in search of this kind of drawing board for your little artist, or maybe looking for a gift, we reviewed the Doodle Pro magnetic board manufactured by Fisher-Price for you.

What is the product?

What is the product?

Fisher-Price comes with another simple yet educational toy for toddlers that can save you and probably the walls at home since now your kid will love to write and draw on this product. It is a great size of drawing board that is accompanied with four different stamps, an eraser and a pen. So this product comes with everything the child needs to create a masterpiece or to start writing or get creative by using the stamps, just with one great feature that this drawing package does not create mess but all the required tools are actually integrated into one single piece. The product can come into Frustration-Free Packaging and Standard Packaging. The drawing screen is magnetic and framed within a plastic frame that has a handle which makes it convenient for holding and carrying the drawing board. On the left side of the frame there are four stamps that are in different shapes: square, triangle, circle and star. They are also in four different colors. On the bottom of the drawing screen there is an in-built eraser that slides from the beginning to the end of the screen and in this way by moving or sliding it, you can clean the board i.e. erase what was written or drawn on the board. On the bottom of the drawing board also there is a pen for writing that is attached by a string.
Product sizing

Product sizing

This product comes in 15x2.5x13 inches and it weighs 1.91 pounds. The central feature of the toy is of course the drawing screen that is indeed large and it is almost size of A4 paper. The four stamps have their own place where they are positioned and each is about 1 inch. Majority of the customers however complain that too often the stamps fall from their place and can be lost if not taken care properly and in this case if you have younger kids you have to be aware that the stamps might represent choking hazard. The pen is also great sizing and can be easily held by the kids when writing and can be put in a lot on both sides of the board frames. The eraser can be moved with ease with the help of toddlers’ fingers and some toddlers may require you show them a couple of times how to erase and soon after this they will surely get it and will be able to do it on their own. Toddlers love moving all the time and are always on the go so that’s why this drawing board has a convenient handle that again is easily grasped by the hands of the toddlers and the product is light enough to be carried around. It is extremely portable product. The drawing board is very slim and with sleek design and because of the sizing it can be easily stored and packed when the family decides to go for a holiday.
Who is the product for?

Who is the product for?

The manufacturer recommends this toy for kids from 36 months that is 3 years up to 7 years old. It will make a great gift for toddlers because this product was actually made with toddler in mind. The writing and drawing is great for developing of fine motor skills and motivates kids to express their feelings and creativity. The included four stamps in different colors also relate to the developmental stage of the toddlers because this is the period when kids learn the colors and the shapes for the first time so it is a nice incorporated concept to learn through play. The pen that is attached also is a great feature since if otherwise we are sure that it might be lost easily. The handle of the drawing board and the pen is great for the little hands and the eraser usually raises interest because all the letters and drawings disappear magically with one move. Older kids who are learning to write and like drawing will also enjoy this toy and it can be used as a pretend play, when kids love pretending that they are teachers in a classroom and love writing on the board. It is great neutral toy that can be used by all kids in the family.
Product design

Product design

Fisher Price is known for the quality kids’ toys it produces and the safety standards that it abides to, when it comes to the toys production and their use. This particular product was made of high-quality plastic frame which is durable and magnetic surface for writing and stamping. The drawing board has a sleek design and features nice and gender-neutral colors. The sizing of the surface for drawing provides just enough space for the kids to write letters, stamp some shapes, scribble or draw whatever it comes to their mind. The string that attaches the pen to the board is quite long and the length provides convenient writing and hand maneuvering with the pen on the whole drawing surface. It is strong and even when forcefully pulled it will be hard to take it off the board. Each of the shape stamps has its own slot that can sometimes be hard for the little hands to take the stamp from the slot but if they try to carry the board the stamps do not stay secured in the slots but fall off easily. So maybe if you want to make sure not to lose the stamps it would be better if you keep the stamps separately from the board especially if your kid has a habit to carry the board around the house.
Educational features

Educational features

Since this product is recommended for 36 months it is important to be aware of the abilities and skills of a toddler in this period. Toddlers in this period start to learn the letters and become interested in writing their names and start drawing different forms, shapes, people and faces. It is highly recommendable for the fine motor development as well as development of creativity and self-expression. The Fisher Price Doodle Pro Slim has been designed with having all these in mind.
The size of the doodle board makes it easy for the toddlers to write and it so much better than using a paper because you can write or draw whatever you like and then instantly with one slide of the eraser, erase that and start all over again. This erasing feature actually motivates kids to draw and write because they want to try the magic eraser and see as everything disappears. Kids by using the stamps can learn the forms and shapes and can get creative with help of older kids or maybe parents by combining the stamps in some drawings with the help of the pen and the stamps and design interesting drawings. So it is a great product for the little artists. This drawing board can also be used for preparation of writing since the toy is recommended from preschool period when kids start learning how to write numbers and letters and even some simple words that they see in their everyday surroundings or words like mom, dad, their names etc.
Some common complaints

Some common complaints

When kids do not like what they have written they will simply slide the eraser. When it comes to erasing although it is simple and easily done by kids, it must be admitted that often if you want to erase the written, it takes more than one sliding of the eraser and this has to repeated sometimes a few times. The longer and the more you write on the board it would be harder to erase all the marks that are left on the magnetic board and sometimes you can see some magnetic residues on the board that stay behind. This actually is one of the most common complaint when it comes to this product -that the erasing although easily done can not erase the written or drawn things completely, which when compared to other similar products is also not a surprise since it is very common for all the drawing boards. Yet you should be aware of this fact since it is not accidental occurrence but majority of the customers agree on this and this is listed as one of the reasons why they would not recommend this product to other parents. One of the other common complaints as we already mentioned is the falling off the stamps.

Price

Price

The Fisher Price Doodle Pro Slim can be purchased for a price less than 20 dollars. It is an affordable price for a toy that is designed with purpose of fine motor development of your toddler, motivation for artistic expression and creativity. It has sleek design and good quality. This product is one of those products that is usually purchased for every toddler and almost every kid has at least one of a certain kind. However, there is a significant number of users who taking into account the cons and the price they claim that they would not recommend this particular product. Lots of users also say that this might not be the best representative of quality products that Fisher-Price usually stands for, still lots of them agree that this product can withstand the usual toddler “abuse” and in our opinion for the offered price it is a product that is worth purchasing.

Bottom line

The Fisher Price Doodle Pro Slim is one of the many similar drawing boards produced by various manufacturers. This is a very common product used by toddlers and kids and this is why it is important this product to have all the basic and primary functions. The size of the screen for drawing is one of the features that is important when looking for this kind of product and Fisher Price Doodle Pro has a great size of almost A4 paper drawing screen.The convenient handle makes it great product that can keep the kids busy and entertained when on the go or on long car and plane journeys. It is portable and durable product. The pen that is attached to the board prevents the pen from losing and the string is of good length for the kids to be able to write with the pen. The four stamps in four different forms are placed in their slots and can be used for creating different artistic drawings and creations or used for teaching different shapes to your toddler.
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