Disclosure: Spinmaster provided me with an Etch A Sketch Joystick and an Etch A Sketch FreeStyle to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
I have noticed in the past, older toys are starting to make a comeback and some toys that have never really gone away. One of the toys that have never really gone away is the Etch A Sketch. I remember getting my first Etch A Sketch when I was a young child. When I used to go to my grandparent’s, my uncle’s Etch A Sketch was still there and working as well. For years different toys would come and go through the market. And while some years, it was a bit more difficult finding them, they were always around.
Spinmaster recently acquired the Etch A Sketch brand and has introduced it into it’s stable of fun kid’s toys.
Both of my girls have always had a strong interest in arts and crafts and both enjoy drawing to varying degrees. My youngest has become quite the artist, creating drawings that having a fairly decent amount of detail and often creating what could be considered recognizable drawings of people.
However, as often happens when you have two kids constantly working on arts and crafts, we tend to find ourselves often having to buy more paper on a regular basis. One thing we had been considering was getting them a drawing toy that would allow them to reuse it.
The new Etch A Sketch Joystick is designed specifically to allow younger children the opportunity to manipulate the controls better. The single center joystick and smaller overall surface makes it an ideal toy for younger children.
Another new offering is the Etch A Sketch Freestyle. This is a relatively significant redesign on the classic Etch a Sketch. Instead of a stylus on the inside, it is an attached “pen” on the outside. The tablet still erases by being shaken but the knobs from the traditional pad are replaced with stamps and the overall design is flattened. In addition it features a multi coloured background to add an extra dimension to the drawings.