When Letterbox (http://www.letterbox.co.uk/) told me they'd be sending me an Activity Tablecloth for review, I expected something flimsy and plasticky or maybe made of some kind of paper.
I wasn't expecting a lovely, thick, padded, soft tablecloth that feels more like a thick quilt and that can be washed and reused - but that was exactly what I got.
As you can see, it's really big. I unfolded it and draped it over the settee to give you an idea and you can't even see the settee (a 2-seater) at all ! The dimensions given on the website are 57.5 x 39”/146 x 99cm which means that it's big enough to cover a standard dining room table, not just a small coffee table.
It's covered in a wide range of activities that appeal to all ages - colouring, wordsearches, dot to dots, mazes, spot the difference, finish the picture, etc - so even the grown-ups can have fun and join in (as demonstrated by Madhouse Grandad !).
Another great surprise is that it's double-sided so when you've done it all, you just need to flip it over and you'll get another couple of hours of quiet play (as a parent, don't you just love those words ?!).
The great news is, it's reuseable because once it's finished with, you can wash it in cold water and it's ready to go again ! It can be cold washed in the machine but I preferred to wash ours by hand. The only thing that slightly bothers me is that once the six washable marker pens have run out, they might be hard to replace and I'm concerned that shop bought "washable" felt tips may come out less easily and leave stains on the material. Time will tell for that one though.
It's a great way of keeping the kids occupied, as well as protecting your table or floor from rogue felt-tip colouring that goes over the edges. I'll also be pulling it out as a great collective activity at the next birthday party we host. If you buy a lot of activity books, it's also a more eco-friendly, reusable alternative to all that paper.
It got a huge thumbs up from the whole family, kids and adults alike.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £15
for more information : http://www.letterbox.co.uk/20670-15050/activity-tablecloth
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