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I had an etch-a-sketch when I was a girl, didn’t we all? I mastered a rather squared off looking cursive version of my name and thought I was pretty swell (nevermind that my name is only three letters)! I was eager to review the new line of Etch-a-Sketch and see my daughters enjoy a new version of a long-loved toy.
Etch-a-Sketch Junior was perfect for my four-year-old.
Instead of the classic dual knob controls, the Junior model is controlled by a joystick. Brilliant! My little one easily could control the direction of the line without frustration. I was glad to see that the “turn it upside down and shake it” method of erasing the lines is still how it’s done – that was always one of the most fun parts!
My 8-year-old immediately gravitated to the Etch-a-Sketch Freestyle. This new version of the classic uses a stylus and shape stamps to draw on the screen area and reveal a multi-color drawing. We had lots of fun with the Freestyle taking turns writing things in rainbow colors. The Freestyle also uses the “Shake to erase” method.
The biggest hit of all with both of my girls was the Magic Sketch. This toy also uses a stylus to draw on a rainbow-reveal board but unlike the others, this erases with the push of a button! Perfect for younger children, the Magic Sketch comes with a large selection of cards that can slip into the board for tracing numbers, letters and pictures.
My four year old has been enjoying the tracing cards and we’ve used it as a learning tool to tech her letter writing. Additionally, there are many tools and stamps for very more creative drawings.
I love all three of these toys. They are truly wonderful upgrades to a classic toy we all loved growing up. Perfect for car trips to keep you kids from zoning away into an electronic device, these etch-a-sketch and magic sketch boards are going to be staple toys in our house!
disclaimer: We were compensated for this post but all thoughts are ours.