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I used to love Spirograph toys and being able to make fun and intricate drawings when I was younger and so when my little girl received this Crayola Doodle Daisy a year or so ago I was quite excited to start making fun pictures with her but unfortunately, this toy is a nice idea in concept but in practise it doesn't really work for us.
Firstly, let me explain what a Crayola Doodle Daisy is? It is basically a plastic caterpillar looking creature with lots of legs and some funny looking arms/legs at the front. It's actually a bit hard to describe, you really need to look at the picture to get an image of it. The idea behind it is that you put a pen into the arms of Doodle Daisy, select a pattern that you want it to draw on the underneath of Daisy and then watch her go. It's quite easy to set up and the fun thing is that there are five holes on her arms into which you can put a pen so you can do all five at once if you wish. On the underneath of Daisy there is a dial which you turn which obviously sets the angle of the pens and the drawing as apparently there are over 100 drawings you can make.
Its quite easy to set up and once you do all that you just set her in the middle of some paper and watch her go. I think my problem with it is that to a three year old there is not much here for her to do and she wants to grab at the pens or the Daisy herself and make the drawing herself, not have to watch a little creepy crawly do it for her. I do think this toy would be much suited to someone 6 or 7 plus and not the 3 years plus that Crayloa recommend it from.
There are some fun parts to Daisy that we have played with. Her head actually comes off, its a bit scary looking actually but then slots and twists back on. Daisy is wearing a plastic hat that is actually a stencil and has eight little shapes around the edge of it such as a heart, a star, a cross and a triangle. The hat comes off and so you can place the stencil on a piece of paper and draw the shapes with a pen. Daisy is also wearing little plastic white boots on all six of her legs. These pull off quite easily, they are sort of rubberised and on the bottom have a shape so you can use these boots as a stamp. The shapes include a butterfly, swirls and hearts and we just put some paint over the boot and then print onto a piece of paper. It makes a nice clean shape as the image is slightly raised on the bottom of the boot and then they clean off really easily too.
A fun toy but one that I think should be aimed at kids a lot older than three plus.
Well what can I say about this other than I am thankful that I didn't part with my hard earned cash to pay for it and my lovely friend bought it for my daughter for her birthday last year.
If I were to say that since having it for over a year it has come out of the cupboard a whopping two times!
It looks lovely and you would imagine that it will be a great creative object that will amaze your child at the genius of it but in fact it just frustrates her and me.
On getting it out of the box, you have to attach the head, hat and the boots. The hat has stencil shapes on it and the boots have stamp patterns on them. Included also is 5 pens which are half the size of your normal felt tip pens. It then requires the 2 AAA batteries.
At the front of daisy is her arms attached together which have holes for all the 5 pens should you so wish to use them all at once (I wouldn't advise it) and there is a dial underneath for you to set which design you would like daisy to draw but you don't actually know what it will be - surprise!!
These are similar to spirograph (if you get it to work ok).
You do need to make sure that you are on a flat surface with enough room for daisy to get around and you need to make sure that the paper is completely flat and not creased (to stop the creativity!) The box does state that there are over 100 different designs but I can't say we have even managed a quarter of that and even then they weren't that good.
The pens are useless and haven't lasted very long at all. After a couple of drawings done, one had already run out, another had the nib broken.
If you are going to use this, you will get through a lot of paper with the experiments of different designs, my suggestion would be to buy some cheap wallpaper backing paper. I use this a lot for my kids poster designs and paintings.
Another downside I felt was that it wasn't very involving for my daughter. All she had to do was turn the dial and then sit there and watch daisy's arms move around drawing squiggly lines!
I much prefer the spirograph templates you get and they are much cheaper and more inclusive fun.
This is currently about £10-£15 which is a bit of a rip-off in my opinion but you may be able to get it on offer and is recommended for 3 years and older. I honestly don't think a 3 year old would use it for its intended purpose, they would just play with it as a toy.
you can also buy her brother Doodle Doug and if you so wish you can purchase extra pens (they obviously know they are easily broken)
After reading through a few reviews of this, which are all of the same opinion as me, I thought I would just write a quick review as well.
It was a gift for my daughter from a well meaning relative, but I knew as soon as I opened it that it was not going to be something that she would cherish. First of all I've seen them in use and have not been impressed, and second of all, doesn't it hinder a child's creativity?
Anyway, when my daughter opened it she was quite excited and could not wait for me to insert the batteries (takes 2AAA - not supplied) and fix her head on, put her stencil hat on and her stamper boots (added extras to provide more 'fun')
You get 5 small felt tips with this toy and the idea is that you insert them into the holes in Daisy legs, turn her on and watch her draw. The packaging states there are over 100 patterns to be made, but we have struggled to get more than a squiggly mess from this long legged creature.
It is best if you use just one pen at a time, and she will draw something that resembles a flower, but with children being children, it's quite obvious that they are going to want to use all 5 pens at once! And this generally just causes havoc.
I suppose it's a bit like a modern day Spirograph, but in my opinion, not nearly as much fun. First of all because you don't actually do any drawing youself, the toy does it all for you as you sit and watch, and second of all you have no idea what sort of pattern you are going to end up with.
There is actually a dial underneath the Daisy Doodle which you turn to change the pattern, but there is no indication what pattern you are choosing, you just turn it to a different position and hope for the best and in my opinion this must be quite frustrating for a child (it is for me!)
It seems to work quite well on a very flat surface, but as soon as the paper gets a crease in it, or there is a couple of pieces of paper strewn underneath the paper you are drawing on (inevitable if a young child is involved) then she either stops spinning and the pen just draws over the same bit over and over again until you move her, or she jumps and the whole pattern is ruined.
Apart from all the 'wonderful' patterns you can create with this, her boots can also be removed and you can use them as stamping tools, each boot has a pattern underneath which you can cover with ink and stamp. My daughter tried this, without much success and gave up.
Daisy's hat also has stencil shapes in, and my daughter also tried this and was not particularly impressed. The shapes are too small to use with the felt tips provided so she just can't get the hang of it.
You do not get any paper provided with this toy, so if you don't have any and are thinking of buying it, buy some A3 paper to go with it. A4 works fine, but Daisy tends to veer off the edge, A3 has a lot more room for a scribbling ladybird.
All in all I have not been impressed with this toy, and to be honest I don't think it will be something that my daughter will have a great deal of enjoyment with, and I do feel quite guilty about this because it was a gift.
She loves to draw, paint and create masterpieces, but she does this using her own creativity, materials of her choice, and uses ideas from in her head, not by watching a plastic creature scribble all over her paper.
The pens do not look like they will last very long, but inside the pack there was a sheet of paper which allows you to order additional pens for when yours run out. I'm not sure I will be using this!!
Currently £11.99 on Amazon.
Doodle Daisy was begged and begged and begged for by my four year old daughter. Thankfully Santa didn't dissapoint.
She was so excited to play with it and we couldn't get the batteries in it quick enough. We set it up found some paper, as sadly none included. Put the pens in the legs and watched it go... well it wasn't exactly 'Art'. we then realized you need to use just one pen at a time. So we tried again.
The pattern was a lot better but still nothing to woop about!!!! Daisy wobbled all over the place and our lovely swirly wirly pattern never actually connected properly. Plus the batteries had run out by new year!!!
However if you were to ask my four year old daughter, she will tell you its 'AWESOME' and she loves Daisy. So i suppose who am i to judge especially as, dispite the fact she got a lovely bike for christmas, this is her favourite present.
Would i buy it again?? Sadly yes because she and all the other lovely four year olds out there love Daisy :0S.
I purchased Doodle Daisy for my daughter as she loves anything creative.
I as very disappointed with them item and felt that the price was not justified.
Ok it does what it says. Daisy does hold up to 5 pens and you can select a pattern for her to draw for you.
However, daisy does not remain in one place and as a result the pattern often ends up messy and like lots of scribbles. My daughter found this very frustrating. She also found it incredibly difficult to clip the pens in herself and to be honest I would struggle.
One thing that I found frustrating is that once the pens had run out no other pens would fit into it. I am not sure if you can replace them via crayola but you probably can. Afterall after spending so much on a toy you do not want to have to throw it away once the pens have run out when I paid good money for the toy not the pens.
For all the negative comments that I have written I do need to point out that this toy is sturdy and attractive looking. Other than her not staying in once place my daughter loved her and had hours of fun making patterns and then colouring them in.
My daughter received this from Santa last christmas aged 2 3/4, I am so glad we bought it on special offer in Tesco for £8 as Doodle Daisy has been in a cupboard making friends with the spiders isnce Boxing Day!
Great idea, and we thought the little one would love it, due the fact that you could make so many patterns. 2 parents and 2 grandparents later, we couldn't get many different patterns from it. 2 pens got the nibs broken as the little one wanted to put them in the holders herself (far too hard) and when we did get it working, Doodle Daisy acted like she had been at Santa's sherry as the patterns created were all wobbly. We were also disappointed with the amount of pens you received as part of the pack
I think its a nice idea, probably more suitable for slightly older children. On a plus point you can order extra pens in a wider range of colours(order form is in the box), however this bumps up the costs.
Once again another selection from the Argos book bought blindly by parents without knowing anything about it!! after relentless t.v advertising we finally succumbed to this for christmas for our 7yr old daughter.Bought for £10 at Amazon before christmas.
As usual with Crayola the box is pretty with lovely pictures of Daisy in action doing her thing and fairly good overview of the product just from looking at the box.
On opening you find Doodle Daisy a stencil hat and stampers which are her feet also some felt tips, these are Crayola supertips which are seemingly a different size from every other felt tip in the world meaning we have had to order them directly from Crayola at £2.50 for a pack of five quite expensive for what they are seeing as they are quite small.Daisy is quite big around eight inches across and needs two 'AAA' batteries that are not included.
The idea is to put the felt pens in Daisy's front legs which have holes in to put up to five pens in altogether and then turn the dial on the bottom to create different patterns, then all you do is put her on a piece of paper and touch her bottom which is the start button and away she goes.
Pretty noisy but quite amusing to watch as she goes round and round, bigger paper the better, we use wall paper on the floor.Effects are good for the most part but not perfect creating round patterns that are reminiscent of Spirograph, felt tips sometimes don't work fantastically but still daughter seems to like although I do agree with the first review that it is not exactly a favourite but does indeed fill a few minutes of boredom.
You can pull the legs of and add stamps to your creations or use Daisy's hat as a stencil to jazz up your patterns.But these are rarely used by my daughter.
I quite like the idea of this and once set up and using nice big pieces of paper on a flat floor it is not too bad, but my kids would rather do there own pattern making and Daisy does not see the light of day that often.You will never beat old fashioned colouring in!!
Doodle Daisy 'The scribbly scrawly creepy crawly' was extensively advertised on television before christmas and on two seperate visits to father christmas my three year old daughter when asked what she wanted from him for christmas replied 'Doodle Daisy'. On both occassions the Santas looked at mum for interpretation!
Anyhow, who was I to dash my little ones hopes? - afterall it was under £15, easy to get hold of and was recommended for age 3+.
I actually bought mine in Woolworths (RIP) for around £12. Made by Crayola I had no worries that I would be buying a quality toy.
Whats in the box:
5 coloured felt tip pens
6 stamper boots
2 x AAA batteries are required but not included.
Doodle Daisy comes in a few parts but was easy and quick to fix together. The battery compartment is hidden under the wings and is easily accessible (to an adult). Once the batteries were inserted all that was left to do was add her head to the body which you do with a sort of push and twist action, pop on her hat and boots and you (or your little one!) are ready to go.
There are five holes in her front legs and you can insert one to five pens into any of these holes at any one time. Push the back of her wings, which serves as the on/off switch, and off she goes.
If any of you, like myself, had a spirograph when younger then this works in very much the same way.
If you turn Daisy over there is a switch on the bottom and by turning this you can change the pattern that Daisy will draw.
Alledgedly there are over 100 different designs!
Daisys hat also doubles as a stencil and her boots as 'stampers' but to be honest Ive not shown my three year old the stamper boots as all that I can envisage is a big mess with felt tips and rubber boots!
You can currently buy Doodle Daisy for £7.74 with free standard delivery from Amazon and even better her brother Doudle Doug for £6.50 and I would say that this would be a fair price for this toy and not anything over £10 really.
I must say that my daughter has used this just twice since christmas. She was fascinated the first time as she watched Daisy scribble away but to be honest other than watch and change the pen colour or the setting once in a while there is not a lot else to do and therefore my daughter gets bored with this quite quickly. Also on her first use she managed to snap off one of the pen nibs when trying to push the pen into the leg.
The box did come with a leaflet on how to obtain 15 further pens for £2.99
One other thing worth mentioning is that once Daisy gets going some of the settings take up quite a large area so ideally have A3 paper to hand!
Choose a pen, select a pattern (there are over 100 to choose from) and get Doodle Daisy drawing! You can use up to 5 pens at once to create fantastic multi-coloured designs! Decorate your drawing with Doodle Daisy's boot stampers, her removable stencil hat and the 5 pens included.