I loved making designs with my Spirograph when I was in elementary school, so I think this giant version of the classic children’s toy is the coolest thing ever.
The Colorations Cooperative Jumbo Classroom Spiral Designer sells for $11.99 on the Discount School Supply website. The spiral track measures 2 feet in diameter and the art wheels measure 5 inches, 7 1/2 inches, and 9 3/4 inches diameter.
According to the product description, the toy is suitable for indoor/outdoor use. It can be used with crayons, markers, chalk and bingo bottles on butcher paper, dual-surface rolls, sidewalk, or poster board.
You are supposed to have one child hold the spiral track and have the other operate the art wheel, so please keep in mind that this is not a toy your child can play with on his or her own. I love anything that has to do with drawing, however, so I’m not bothered by the fact that my son wouldn’t be able to use this without my help.
There is no recommended age range listed for the toy, but several reviewers say they found it difficult for preschoolers to use independently. I would guess that it’s probably best for children ages eight and up. My son turned eight in November and he only recently learned how to properly work a regular Spirograph.
My son loves to draw with sidewalk chalk during the spring and summer, so I’m thinking this would be a great addition to his Easter basket. I also think it has potential as a way to make really cool Christmas wrapping paper if you used red and green markers on a roll of butcher paper.
What do you think? Is this a toy that your children would enjoy using?
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