Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Electra Doodle Creative Light System by Cra-Z-Art

Cra Z Art Electra Doodle Creative Light System is SO cool!  I could not wait to get this out of the box to play with it.  And to my delight, I was not disappointed.

This Creative Light System uses colorful light to create pictures.  When you turn on the Electra Doodle, you have two options, Draw and Play. 

In the Draw mode, you have 4 options, Draw, Doodle, Dot-to-Dot, and Kaleidoscope. 
  • Free Draw allows you to draw whatever you want on the screen.  This is where you can be as creative as you want.  You also have different brush sizes to choose from and when you are done, you can animate or invert your picture. 
  • The Doodle option gives you 18 images that you get to enhance by drawing on the picture.  I had fun coloring in the pictures and adding silly faces to the pictures. 
  • Dot-to-Dot will give you 16 different connect the dot pictures to choose from.  When I was a kid, I loved dot-to-dot puzzles but I wasn't sure how this would work.  It was actually quite easy!  Just like a regular dot-to-dot, it starts with part of a picture and then it is your job to follow and connect the flashing dots to finish the picture. 
  • Kaleidoscope - this is probably the coolest drawing option.  When you draw, your picture is automatically mirrored on the screen.  This is also a great feature for the kids because they don't have to draw a perfect picture.  Whatever lines and scribbles you draw turns into beautiful artwork.  Again, you can use different brush sizes to create different effects.

In the Play mode, you also have 4 options.  Options include Tic-Tac-Toe, Mazes, Match Em', and Find Smiley. 
  • Tic-Tac-Toe is the same game that everyone loves to play.  As soon as my husband saw that, it was game on!  Needless to say, we played about 15 games and somehow I only won 2 games. 
  • Mazes will test your skills navigating through 16 different mazes.  Who doesn't love mazes?
  • Match 'Em is a game similar to Memory.  You will be presented with 8 circles, making 4 pairs of images.  Select each circle until you find 2 that match.  When you find all 4 pairs, you win the game.  This is a great memory skill building game for kids.  I love this one too! 
  • Find Smiley is a game where you will see 8 random images on the screen.  Your job is to find and touch the smiley face.  For each smiley face you touch, you earn 1 point, and for each wrong image you touch, you lose 2 points.  This game is timed for 30 seconds per game.

The Electra Doodle also has 6 features to choose from - Clear (obviously erases the screen), Erase/Draw (though this button to turn your brush into an eraser and visa versa), Brush Size (choose 1 of 4 brush sizes to use), Invert (flip your images from color and color to black.  also invert a black screen and use the eraser to draw), Animate (bring your art and pre-loaded images to life), and Home (goes to the main menu).

If you are looking for an original and creative gift for the holidays, this is it!  Kids will have hours of fun with the many games offered in 1 package.  The Electra Doodle has a handle that make it easy for kids to carry around with them.  It would also be good to use during car trips or for taking to friends houses when visiting over the holidays.

Cra Z Art Electra Doodle Creative Light System is for children aged 5 and up.  It retails for $29.99.

Cra Z Art provided me with the product reviewed above in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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