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nice stamps but ink is NOT washable
on June 17, 2010
My two older kids, ages 4 and 5, really enjoy playing with the two melissa and doug stamp sets we bought. The stamps are good quality, there are lots of them for the price, and there is a nice assortment of designs. More than two stamp pad colors would be nice but for this price I'm ok with it. The stamps are pretty gender neutral but the ink colors are not so maybe a green or brown would be better choices. I know girls usually are the ones to use stamps but boys like craft projects too. The colored pencils are not so great and I'm not sure why they are even included. The kids use their own colored pencils when they feel like coloring the stamps. The stamps come in a nice wooden box but there is no cover on the box which is a shame since it would be nice to be able to use the box and keep them organized rather than have put them in a shoe box.
The kids would be playing with this set several times a week if the ink was washable but it's not. It's not at all. It's as difficult to get out of clothing and hands as pen ink and requires scrubbing with a magic eraser to get it off the table. Washable markers wipe right off the same table with a damp rag. The kids don't care for coloring the stamp with a marker and like the stamp pads but they seldom get to use them because there is no time to cover the table with grocery bags or spend 20 minutes scrubbing ink off. I'm also very concerned they will drop a stamp on the carpet (all our tables have carpet under them) and I won't be able to get it out. It says something that the cleanup involved with school glue and markers is preferable to these. I had always thought of stamps as a 'clean' art project.