Melissa & Doug Water WOW! Review

This toy will WOW your kids

The ideal toy to keep your child occupied at home or on the go.

Looking for the perfect toy to keep your child engaged at home or on the go? The Water WOW!  is affordable enough to keep one in the car, one in your purse and one at home for quiet, mess free play where ever you are.


• Spiral bound book with four reusable cardboard pages
• Refillable water pen that stores in the front cover
• Hidden images appear as pages are colored

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What the manufacturer says:

“No-mess painting for kids! Simply use the pen to color in each scene--details and vibrant color appear with every stroke! Then let the page dry to erase the pictures and fill it in again and again.”

Personal Experience:

I remember the first time I saw one of these. The two year old boy I was babysitting at the time brought a couple over one day. And as I watched him use it, I’m pretty sure the word “wow!” actually came out of my mouth.

My 18 month old daughter was immediately intrigued with it and I’m glad he brought one for each of them. The large pen was easy for her little hands to grasp and the brush let out the right amount of water to create a picture without the mess.

They sat quietly “coloring” with water, making brightly colored pictures appear. I was so impressed I even wanted to give it a try, but they were playing so well I wasn’t about to take it away from one of them.

When she and I were flying without my husband a few months later, I made sure I packed one. Since then, she has used it so much the brush has crushed down and the pages don’t color quiet so brightly, but it continues to be loved and used two years later. Others have commented they were able to get about 25 uses out of it.

What other reviewers say:

• Appeals to a wide age range (18 months – 6 years).
• Durable pages that last for a long time.
• Perfect for restaurants, waiting rooms and the car.
• Good value, the duration of use is worth the reasonable price.
• Well loved by children and keeps them busy.
• Some were dissatisfied with the water pen saying that it leaked too much.
• Some said pages didn’t dry quickly enough for immediate reuse, but most were impressed with how quickly the pages were ready to color again.
• Amazon rates it as the #1 best seller in “Kid’s Paint with Water Kits” category.
• The perfect travel toy.

More top travel toys:

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If you are looking for a few more items to add to your travel bag of tricks, these toys will not disappoint.

• Melissa & Doug Vehicles and Animals Activity Pad – Stickers are the perfect fine motor activity to keep little fingers busy in the car and reusable stickers make the fun last even longer.
• Melissa & Doug Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress Up & Melissa & Doug Magnetic Pretend Play - Sturdy wooden magnetic pieces are easy for small hands and won’t get lost in the car.
• Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Game - A great travel game to play on the go.
• Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity - A find motor activity sure to keep kids engaged in the car.
• Crayola Dry Erase Travel Pack - Includes washable markers, eraser, reusable clings, and folding dry erase board, for hours of fun.

Travel Products – additional items for trouble-free storage and convenient play

• Dino Travel Pal

• Skip Hop Travel Activity Tray

The Water WOW! is such a simple and affordable product, but that’s the brilliance of it. The ease of use for small hands and the instant reward of vibrant pictures is sure to make it a favorite in your house.

Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.

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