My daughter is a coloring maniac! She always has a coloring book or notebook and a pack of crayons, pencils, or markers in tote. So when I had the opportunity to review and giveaway (see below!!!) a MagnaColor and share with you the release of their new app that will take it to the ultimate 3D experience, I jumped at it.
What is it?
“MagnaColor magically transform designs into vibrant 3D artwork by using the magnetic coloring studio and colorful 3D Magic dots. The unique pens allow you to place the 3D magic dots to color in the stencil design. You can either create a single spot or make trails of multiple dots by running the pen across the screen. When finished sweep the dots back into the sorting system and watch the 3D magic dots sort into their individual colors to start again.”
To add to the fun, just released in August is a FREE MagnaColor for iPad app that will allow the user to interact with their creation in 3D style!
“Parents of young artists enjoy the fact that MagnaColor 3D captivates kids for as long or as short as their attention span or time allows. Since everything needed to draw is contained in a transportable case, young artists can doodle in the kitchen, at a restaurant or take overnight to Grandma’s. Since parents carry their digital devices everywhere, too, the augmented reality show can happen on the run. Best of all, when coloring is over, kids can save their drawings in the App portfolio and later share with friends and family.”
- 1 x Magnetic Drawing Studio
- 1 x Screen Sweeper
- 4 x Design Stencils
- 4 x Magic Pens
- 160 x Colored Magic Dots
Magna Color can be found at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Kohl’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Walgreens and many other retailers across the United States.
Since we do not have an iPad, we were not able to test out that portion, regardless my daughter loved this magnetic creativity board. My 7 year old son loved it, too. I had to set time limits on how long each of them could use it so the other kiddo could have a turn!
Pros: I liked that it had lots of colors and different pictures, that it was easy to clean up with the screen sweeper, and that the board quickly sorted the colors and made it easy to reload the pens (see video below for demonstration). The kiddos were able to do the cleaning and the sorting/reloading all on their own. They also enjoyed the ability to design freely on their own without any pictures. The board kept them busy for 10-30 minutes at a time, which is awesome! We do not have an iPad to experience the 3D app, but I am sure they would have enjoyed interacting, as well.
Cons: There is not much to complain about, the kiddos enjoyed their time on it and the freedom to use it on their own, but I have two little things I wanted to point out…Since we have a crawling baby in the house, we had to be careful with the board and make sure none of the colorful dot pieces fell on the ground and into the path of our human vacuum. This, of course, is our problem and not the creators, but something to be aware of. We solved it by keeping this an activity the older kiddos could play with during our baby’s nap time. But, it did make me feel a little better to know that the board is magnetic and not the colorful dots. For some reason I thought the dots were magnetic and that made me worry more, but I was wrong!
Another con, was that no matter how careful we were one or two yellow or green pieces always seemed to get free and we would find them on the ground later. I think this happened while we were trying to put the board away, so to keep this from happening in the future we store all the magnetic pieces in a plastic baggy when we are finished.
I was excited to see they had created a video on how the board works, because this is definitely something you have to see in action:
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