“ Manufacturer: Crayola / Type: Painting / Age: 1 Year+ „
Over the last few years my daughters have received a variety of Crayola painting sets for their birthdays and Christmas and they always enjoy creating whatever it is that is inside the box! The latest to be added to our painting collections is the Baby Hippo set that my youngest daughter received for her fifth birthday.
The idea behind this kit is quite cute and clever and seems to be based on the idea of the Russian dolls where you have a wooden doll and inside her is another and then another and so on. This baby hippo set is not quite so extravagant but there is a larger ceramic hippo and a smaller baby hippo to fit inside. The larger hippo obviously has a top and a bottom half that fit nicely together.
Everything comes packed in the familiar bright yellow crayola box and there is a good visual on the front to give your child a good idea about how they could decorate their own hippos. There are three different ceramic pieces that form the baby hippo and the two parts of the larger hippo. I was very impressed by how well these were wrapped and protected with tons of bubble wrap. This must virtually eliminate any possibility of bits being broken before the set is opened.
There are also five mini paint pots with purple, blue, yellow, red and orange colours as well as a mini paintbrush. These paints paint pots are all attached to each other in a long line. In some ways this is a good feature but I also think that it is a bit of a pain. It's good because it keeps them all together but it's also tricky because if you have them all open and you knock one, you could end up knocking them all over and having some mighty spills. Also these little pots are tremendously difficult to open and close. I have to do it for my five year old so I tend to like to open them all at the start otherwise she would forever be calling me to open one colour or another! I guess it does ensure though that very small children cannot open them and make a mess without your knowledge. The paint is very quick drying which is good. I'm not sure how easily it will wash off clothes but I always insist that my daughter wears an apron whenever she is working on any of these art projects anyway.
There are no instructions but that's not surprising as it's really obvious what you need to do. You could copy the design on the box, but if your child is anything like my daughter they will just want to work on their own unique creation. The end product will always be lovely though and they can either keep the baby hippo inside the larger one of display them both separately. My daughter has decided to do this and now she is keeping all her little treasures inside the larger hippo, just like a little trinket box!
The recommended age is for four years and above. I think it is more suitable for a slightly older child though as they are likely to take a bit more care. The price is roughly £10 although at the moment it can be bought on Amazon for 8.44 (may 2010). It would make a great gift for an art loving child!