Digital Light Designer, recommended for ages 6 & up. Suggested retail value $49.99. With this toy, children use the digital light stylus to create, animate, and play on the 360-degree doomed drawing surface. In our neighborhood it is quite the hot toy, with several parents getting requests for it.
For parents, the things of note I think are important to consider are the price, the cost of the required batteries that might become expensive with a lot of play, and that it's kind of noisy. Also, be prepared for a great deal of parental assistance during set up and to help your child figure out how to navigate the different modes.
That being said, if your child loves art and is looking for something unique and different he or she will love the Digital Light Designer. It would've been on my child's wish list had we not received it for review. My daughter old thinks this toy is just wonderful. She wants to play with it all the time and really likes the rainbow draw. I think it's a little sophisticated for her, but she's 6 and at the start of the suggested ages. I feel that this toy will be one that gets better and better as she gains more familiarity with it and is able to use all the different features.
Crayola Marker Airbrush, also recommended for age 6 and up. It has a suggested retail value of $24.99. I have to say, I thought this was quite neat. It's also a lot of fun and easy to use, right out of the box.
Marker Airbrush, and as you can see figuring out the right amount of pressure and correct distance to maintain between the sprayer and paper takes some trial and error. I suggest practicing on paper before you try using it on fabric. The learning curve is pretty quick, and I think this is a great art set will appeal to many.
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