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Gamenote Water Magic Mat
Gamenote
Water Magic Mat
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Best for Everyday Use
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Offers a 40-by-30-inch floor mat that's built to last, with plenty of room for multiple children.

Pros

Large mat is ideal for families, grandparents, and daycares that need something that can be shared. Educational borders, stencils, stamps, and roller add some variety to the concept.

Cons

While large, picture makes it appear larger than it actually is.

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Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Six-Pack
Melissa & Doug
Water Wow! Six-Pack
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Educational
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Six reusable books from the industry pioneer that are both fun and informative to younger children.

Pros

Melissa & Doug helped set the industry standard for paint with water kits. Has 24 combined pictures and water pen included in each set with no need for other materials.

Cons

Pages wear down with repeated use. Some complain of duplicate books.

Thunder Bay Bob Ross Paint With Water Book
Thunder Bay
Bob Ross Paint With Water Book
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Happy Little Water Painting
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Happy little accidents are a bit harder to come by with this permanent yet easy to use design.

Pros

While made for kids and adults alike, this advanced substitute still works perfectly for older kids who want something similar to real life painting. Features 24 treated pages and 12 additional pages for standard coloring.

Cons

Permanent finish might not be for every kid and parent.

Buddha Board Mini Board
Buddha Board
Mini Board
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Great for All Ages
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Blank canvas turns black when water is applied and quickly evaporates not long after.

Pros

Perfect for kids who just want to paint without much setup, while adults may enjoy the zen-like feeling that the mini Buddha Board provides. Easy, portable setup for home and road alike.

Cons

Not for permanent artwork. Some lament the quick drying times.

Melissa & Doug Splash Cards
Melissa & Doug
Splash Cards
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Fun and Eucational
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Fun cards that also help children learn the letters of the alphabet in a new and interesting way.

Pros

Set of 26 cards with a clip for safe keeping and water pen holder for on-the-go use. Each sheet features animal that correlates with letter. Specially treated for prolonged use.

Cons

Adding too much water greatly diminishes the product's shelf-life.

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