Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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Crayola 18 Washable Kids Paint
Member Name: izzoh
Crayola 18 Washable Kids Paint
Advantages: Great bright paint, can be mixed, washable, re-fillable pots.
Disadvantages: Expensive unless you look around.
** Crayola 18 Washable Kids Paint **
Crayola has to be one of the most famous arts and crafts brands for children. Their simple bright products always go down well with the younger generation and I remember using their paints and pens when I was a child.
This set of kid's poster paints is a pretty simple product to be fair. 18 bright coloured poster paints set in little see through plastic pots. The lids pop on and off and the set comes with a natural hair paint brush.
** Price & Availability **
I bought these for £3.39 from Amazon but you can find them popping up everywhere, especially on the lead up to Christmas. I have seen them for £3 in Asda but in other online shops they cost as much as £5.
** Painting In Practice? **
My niece loves arts and crafts which is why I bought these in the first place. She is 5 years old and loves drawing. When she comes to see me I always have a couple of little presents waiting. Obviously to make her smile when she comes to see her favourite Aunty but also to keep her entertained. We don't have any children our self and so our house is toy free! But things like paints and drawing pads she can take home with her, use up or keep them here without taking up a lot of space.
She loves being able to mix the colours which these paints are great at. Because they are the thicker poster paints she can mix them together and we sit to see what colours we can create. She isn't a fan of water colours as she says they have ''run out''. Obviously it is because they are water based and therefore a lot lighter.
The pots are quite hard to open but after a bit of a tug my niece can do it herself. She is quite independent and won't let me do it for her. It also helps to encourage her to close the lids after using each colour so that it doesn't dry out. In fact she actually insists on closing the lids after using each one. She is quite precise on this. This is great because if the lids are kept off then the paint will dry out.
The paint brush that comes with the set is useful because it is small enough to fit in the tubs, but to be honest is a bit pants. The hairs come out in the paint and leave marks on the paper. But my niece doesn't mind too much. We used it on paper and card and it showed up well, spread easy and didn't take too long to dry. The back of the paints also state that it can be used on wood and papier mache' as well.
The amount of paint you get in each pot is minimum. A couple of good scoops out with the brush (my niece like big blobs and rainbows (and the pot is pretty empty. But you could always buy some cheap poster paint and fill them up again. If my niece had big pots or squeezy tubes she would literally squeeze it all over the paper and herself so it's good she is limited. Even if she does make a mess the paints are washable so no worries there. My niece does get excited and likes to paint on her hands so I was relieved that with a little soap it came of under running water in a flash.
Overall, the set of paints are great stocking filler and a creative, simple way of passing the time. The colours are bright and thick which my niece prefers. With 18 colours my niece wasn't too upset when the red and pink had finished. The price is a tiny bit expensive but remembering the quality of the paint makes it easier to justify. I hate spending a pound on some rubbish paints which looks like coloured water.
My niece managed to paint about 8 pictures for the family on Saturday. A couple are on our fridge and the picture made from the poster paints is enough to put a smile on my face.
** IMPORTANT INFO **
For children 3 years of age and over.
Summary: Simple paints with great results.
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