In a recent plane trip this managed to keep a 20-month of from becoming that two month old on a plane. At least for about an hour. I won’t claim more than that as we had to switch it up, but the Travel Doodler has captured Maggie’s imagination in other times.
You’re not going to get incredibly detailed drawings, but considering that’s a no-mess drawing board and can be reset over and over and over again, that’s not too big of a priority.
The board wipes clear with a built in slider (it’s the blue thing in this picture,) and Maggie figured that out that she could do it herself about five minutes into playing with it. It appears that after a lot of use you have to use the slider more than one swipe to get the thing completely clean, I’m wondering if a magnet may be required later on to make it perfectly clear.
As it stands the “dirty” sections of the Travel Doodler Pro aren’t particularly bad, just doesn’t look white and crisp.
My main complaint is the back of the thing is made oddly. The front looks ergonomic, the back doesn’t feel particularly so and seems to be designed to grab dirt and leave impressions on parent’s legs.
The other complaint is that the pen’s point is like a ballpoint pen’s and it can hurt when stabbed into you. As this is a magnet, it seems like they could have just pulled it back a bit and had the non-pointy plastic as a buffer.
Overall though it acted as conduit to an hour of peace on the airplane, and has been played with every couple of hours since then. For a kid who loves to doodle and loves to watch as their scribbles are wiped from existence, it’s pretty great.
The Fisher-Price Travel Doodler Pro is available from Amazon for $9.99 and along with some stickers it can save your sanity on an airplane.