I was looking for something to buy for my third daughter that I didn't already have with the older two when I saw this Aquadoodle mat at Walmart. She loves things that play music, so I chose this Sing N Doodle model (there are several different Aquadoodle mats) that plays "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" and makes animal sounds. I liked that it had the music in addition to the drawing feature and thought she would really get a lot of use out of it.
When she opened it on Christmas, it was an instant hit! She really liked drawing with the water-filled pen and then watching her drawings disappear and making new ones. I like the fact that she can draw like her older sisters and there is no mess! I had tried the Crayola Color Wonder products before in an attempt to find a no mess drawing tool for her, but her favorite thing to do was take the caps off the markers and lose them, so then she could no longer use them to color with. This toy has no caps to lose and no ink to dry up. You just refill the pen with water when it is empty. I love this thing!
As far as the music goes, the volume is a bit loud but not too terrible. The sound quality is good and the song is cute. You can press the different animals to hear their sounds, so that is another fun and educational feature. Around the edge of the mat, there are step by step instructions for drawing several of the animals which I found fun to use but were pretty much lost on my two year old.
I think this toy will be something she can use for the next few years and am glad I invested in it!