We were sent the Monster High 2 in 1 Mandala for review form Ravensburger, we have reviewed their Doc McStuffins Mandala back in May and the children liked the free design element the Mandala offered. The Monsters High Mandala is slightly different as it offers 2 different sized mandalas which extends the design opportunity.
The set retails at £9.99 and inside you get the drawing stations, 2 mandala wheels, 10 pieces of paper, 1 outline pen and 3 coloured pencils. The first thing that came to mind for me when it was opened was that it only came with 3 pencil crayons, for the price I would prefer a full pack of 10 at least, the 3 colours limits your design options. You can of course use your own pencils, but if I paid £10 I would definitely want more than 3!
I like the design station as it hold the paper securely in place, via the gaps in the side, the mandala wheel fits inside the holder and you can start wherever you like by lining up the arrows on the holder with the arrows on the mandala wheel. The fine tip felt-tip pen is perfect for getting in the thin areas of the design, when you have done what you want simply slide the wheel around to the next arrow and carry on creating until your happy.
Dayton isn’t one for drawing, he says he doesn’t like to as he cant think what to draw, the mandala takes this element away and he happily sat and played with the mandala. He was so busy drawing round the template and sliding the mandala from one arrow to the next he completely forgot that he was making a picture underneath! He completely zoned into what he was doing, which is a great thing for Dayton as he usually struggles with concentration.
We loved the Mandala and think it would make a fab Christmas gift, the set is made from good quality moulded plastic, with 4 children in the house its had a few bumps and is still intact! A good plus for a product in our eyes. You can purchase the above product from Amazon rrp £9.99/