(photo courtesy of MelissaandDoug.com)
Since my early speech therapist days, I’ve been big a fan of Melissa & Doug toys. I think they are all around fantastic educational toys for kids. One day, while browsing my local Once Upon A Child, I stumbled upon a Water Wow book. My daughter was around ten months old then, but has had a love for painting since she was about four months, so I couldn’t pass up trying one out. We were about to take our first plane ride in a few days and I thought it would be a perfect distraction for travel!
I didn’t realize the instant love I would have for these books. Fast forward a year later and I’m pretty sure we own all of the books and splash cards they offer. They’re great for car trips and restaurants and they are always a hit with other children on play dates.
They feature a brush that holds water in its body. When you paint on their pages, an image or colors appear. When it dries, they disappear. It’s pretty genius and provides hours of entertainment for my now 22 month old.
I don’t know why more parents don’t know about these gems. Every time I give one as a gift, they’re a huge hit at the party and parents are always asking where I found them! They claim ages 3+, but you’ll find as I post more about my favorite items, I don’t really follow those guidelines. I’d say they’re a great gift for any child!