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What is this product?
This is a review for Crayola Beginnings First Fingerpaints - designed for children aged 2+ (but I find suitable from as soon as they can paint) which comes in a pack of three tubes of about 100g each. The colours are red, yellow and blue and they come in sturdy plastic bottles with non spill lids.
What's great about this product?
I bought Crayola because, for me, they appear to be the only brand on the market which is truly washable - so no little marks left at all, even if the paint has dried onto clothes. I feel this is essential for parents who don't really want to have a wardrobe full of paint splattered clothes, or to have a whole second wardrobe of clothes for getting messy in! You get a reasonable amount of paint for your money (about £6 for the pack) and I use an ice cube tray to squirt small amounts out for my daughter to play with so she has not got the bottle - I think she would squirt it at me if I gave it to her!
What's not so great about this product?
The reason these paints are so washable is because they are very much water based. When you squeeze out the paint it blobs out as more of a gel, rather than pouring out like paint. The downside of this is that the colours are really quite wishy washy - the red and blue in particular look quite bright and vibrant in the bottle are very pale, the red is more like pink and the blue and very light blue. Also, the gel is fine for actual finger painting, but we have different brushes and sponges for her to try out, and the gel is very difficult to use a brush with as it just kind of sits in a big blob rather than spreading out nicely.
Do I recommend this product?
No, I don't think the quality of the paint merits the price tag. I also have very cheap finger paints I bought from Lidl for a fraction of the price for 4 pots and they are proper paint which pours out rather than blobbing. They are still somewhat water based so are still just as washable but the colours are much more vibrant.
I think most children like to get messy with paints, and cleaning up after painting is usually a difficult task with paint all over the child, surfaces and clothes. When I was looking at craft items for my daughter I came across these washable paints from Crayola. They sounded so good, I had to give them a try.
Crayola's washable finger paints come in the bright green and yellow typical packaging for all Crayola products. The package is made out of cardboard so it is widely recyclable. There are three tubes of paints in red, blue and yellow. These are the only colours that Crayola do, but as they are the primary colours more colours can be made by mixing the colours.
The paint itself, once squeezed out of the tube, has a watery consistency. It isn't much of a problem for us as my daughter just likes getting messy instead of creating a masterpiece, although anything she paints is a masterpiece in my eyes! It does make it hard to create a nice colour if mixing the primary colours to make another as the water based paint just tends to mix the colours to a weak looking shade of the colour you want to achieve. We usually get a horrible purple/brown colour when Kacie is painting!
As the main reason of buying these paints was because they claim to be washable I was looking forward to finishing and seeing if it lived up to its claims. It did, fantastically. I first tried to clean my daughters hands with a wet wipe, and whilst it got the majority of the paint off it didn't get all of it off. But with a little bit of soap it came off easily. To get the paint of the surface of the table I used another wet wipe and it just glided off with ease, no elbow grease was required. Before buying this paint Kacie used to get paint all over her clothes so I bought her an apron, this paint wipes off the apron with ease also.
Another thing I like about these paints is that there is a lot in each tube (147ml) and they have an air tight cap, meaning that the paint can be used again and again without the paint inside the tube drying out between painting activities. The lid is on the bottom of the tube so it's easy to get pretty much all of the paint out with ease.
The paints are recommend for children aged 2+, but with all things these are just guidelines and children younger will be fine with the correct adult supervision. I have been using these paints with my daughter since she was around 10 months old with no problems.
At £3.79, I think these are an absolute bargain. Of course you can find basic paint a lot cheaper than this but the washable claims that Crayola make are true, and make cleaning up after messy time a breeze. I would recommend these paints to any young budding artist.
When I first took my son Joshua to nursery when he was 6 months old he would often come home with paint under his nails and in his hair. But his beautiful pictures and artwork meant I was never angry or cross with this because how can any mummy not love those early days artworks?!
Sadly we had to take Josh out of nursery for health reasons and he is now at home with me every day so when his birthday came around last week I knew I wanted to invest in some art supplies for us to experiment with. I knew he loved playing with the paints etc at nursery and now he's 1 years old I thought I felt it was time to open up this range of activities to him.
I looked everywear for some paints that were supper clean and washable from skin and clothes and yet that were big enough that we would get more than one use out of them. The market is full of the tiny little pot paints which seem great and washable but they aren't going to last very long. So when I saw these Crayola Finger Paints in ASDA I thought they looked like the best bet and was very pleased to find they only cost £3.79 for the set! Perfect!
The paints themselves come in a pack containing blue, red and yellow. Each is air tight so when squeezed it dispenses the paint easily and is non spill which is a must have with young kids who love to make mess-when they aren't supposed to!
The packaging is lovely and bright and although it says it's recommend for 2 years plus on the box I always use those as guidelines and my son who's one is fine with these. I also read that if some is digested from the fingers etc then it's not harmful either. This was very important for me because of my sons age everything still goes in his mouth as a way of exploring. I therefore needed to know if I didn't manage to catch him quickly enough, the smallest amount was ok. Don't get me wrong I don't want him to eat paint, but if he licks it I know he wont get poorly!
The paints themselves appealed for the other reason of being easy to wash off. I have found they come off without a mark in the washing machine on a normal wash with other non paint aplattered clothes so this makes it really easy to not have to worry about Joshua's clothing too much. However his skin is a different matter. It comes off and doesn't stain but it's not easy. Like all children Josh has a bath at night time so when we paint in the day time I clean him using wet wipes and cloths etc. It removes the paint to some extent but not fully until we have a little scrub in the bath that night. So my recommendation on that front is not to use them if your planning on going out that day and need a clean looking child!
The paint itself is average. I can only describe it as very watered down. The colours aren't striking and the texture is very watery and really absorbs in to the paper quickly making it crease a lot more easily which can be annoying. It's very weak paint.
However when you look at this product as a whole it's going to need to be watered down in order for it to be super washable and good for small children so although I was initially disappointed I understand it's probably a neccesity making it so weak and watery. Thats why it still gets five stars from me!
The only other thing that was disappointing was the fact that this range only features these three colours. I would personally love to be able to buy more colours in this same range for my son. I know you may be thinking we can mix the three we have but their texture makes it difficult to acheive other colours to an acceptable shade. And considering the colours aren't striking themselves it just tends to go a bit wrong and looks like a watery mess! If crayola wanted to expand this range I wouldn't complain and would deffinately purchase more colours!
All for £3.79 is excellent for us, the tubes themselves are plenty big enough for ages worth of painting fun (tha package weight is 540g). So if you need a way of entertaining little ones without having to be super aware of clothes etc then these are the paints for you...and your child!
I bought these paints as I have a rather messy 3 year old boy that loves to get his hands dirty (and his clothes, furniture, hair etc etc etc) so was desperate for a paint that was actually washable.
Having bought several "washable paints" before I did not hold out much hope that these would live up to their name but was to be pleasantly surprised.
** Crayola **
The company was founded in 1885 although originally under the name Binney & Smith. In 1903 the company produced their first box of 8 crayons under the name Crayola
According to their website The Crayola name was created by Edwin Binney's wife and comes from "craie," French for chalk, and "ola," from "oleaginous
Crayola is now a producer or Art supplies for Children and there is now a vast choice of Crayola products to chose from.
Its items are all marked as non-toxic
Having purchased many different Crayola items I have never been disapointed by the quality although the price sometimes let them down.
The paints are produced by Crayola and come in a pack of three 147ml tubes. The only colours available are Red, Yellow & Blue although this is not really restrictive for the younger artists as in my experience they tend to pick a colour and stick with it for their creation.
These are nicely packaged and would make a great gift although at around £4-£5 for a 3 pack they are not the cheapest.
They are marked as for 2 years plus.
The paints themselves are good quality and my little boy loved them - finger painting doesn't get better for a boy with a love of mess!
Fingerpainting is also a great bonding experience and fun for young and old alike (I must confess to having enjoyed getting my hands dirty as well).
**The Clean up**
Then came the clean up - the part that usually fills me with dread. First hand washing (and all other parts of body that got itself covered). This was a simple and painfree process, the paint washed off easily and left no staining. Even dried on paint washed away with little effort and no need to scrub.
Next came the table (now impressively covered in a selection of primary coloured paint). I used dettol wipes and once again found the paint wiped off with ease. There was no need to scrub and even dried paint removed easily.
Finally the clothes. Placed these in the washing machine and once the wash was completed out came the clothes nice and clean with no trace of paint or staining.
** In Conclusion **
An excellent buy. These paints are indeed washable and even more than this the paint is easy to remove from clothes, bodies and furniture.
Although a little expensive the ease of cleaning makes this an excellent buy and I would highly recommend these for parents of young children.
We bought these paints for my daughters second Christmas along with her first easel. I was very worried about getting paints for her as I was very sure it would be a messy time. These paints come in 3 different colours red, blue and yellow, however these are the only colours they do in the range. I also found that mixing the colours doesn't really work as they appear to be water based so come out a funny colour. This wasn't such a huge problem though because being only two she didn't mind which colours she had as long as she was painting.
When I got them I didn't really believe that they would be fully washable, because when my daughter comes home from nursery having painted I can never get the paint out of her clothes. For our first painting session I was fully equipped. I covered the room in old sheets and news papers and put old clothes on my daughter. As I expected there was paint every were! I thought it would be a difficult thing to expect a 2 year old to stay on the paper. However I forgot about the mess and got stuck in. we had a great time painting, and the paints work really well for hand and foot printing.
Once we had finished I wiped the excess paint of my daughter's hands with normal baby wet wipes and to my surprise all of the paint just came off with ease, even the dried paint. I was really surprised to see how easy it was to clean; I was imagining having to scrub the room with a scouring pad and a chisel! It took me 10 minutes to clean with even dried in paint on the furniture only taking one wipe to clean. I put all of the clothes straight into the washing machine and to my surprise they came out spotless as well.
After that I started using the paints more often, not bothering to take many precautions any more. We have bought these several times now and I don't think I would ever change brands, I just hope they start making them in different colours.
I highly recommend these paints to anybody who likes their house without the odd splashing of paint everywhere!
These paints are aged for children 2 years +
They can be pricey however, at around £4.99 at WHSmith, but in my opinion it's worth it!
My niece has just turned 7 months, and as part of our celebration of her birthday, we bought her this set of Crayola washable finger paints to commemorate the momentous occasion. The product is marketed for being only appropriate for those 3 years and above, but under close supervision, I don't see why it might not be enjoyed by those even younger.
These paints are non-toxic and washable, which makes them absolutely ideal for would-be baby Picassos. We sat my niece on the floor in the middle of a sea of newspapers, taped them down, and then taped down pieces of paper for her to go wild on (having squirted the paints on a paper plate and showed her how to get the paint on her hand). She ended up with the paint all over her legs, clothes, face, and handlers (my sister and me!) but it all easily washed off without any harsh scrubbing. This, however, did not mean that the colours of the paint were any less vibrant - we got a number of great little handprints out of the session which all dried within an hour, and will undoubtedly brighten up my office in the coming months.
When I used to pick my son up from nursery I noticed that they always did alot of painting with him and was always told that he loved it so much. I also must be one of the only parents that love to see their child get into a mess and enjoy it so much.
I decided to invest in some fingerpaints for him he was almost two at the time. I had serched high and low to find suitable paints that wouldn't harm my child or would be hard to wash out of his clothes.
I bought these from the early learning centre for £5. They were big bottles but did seem very expensive for how long they lasted because he wanted to play with them all the time. They came in the 3 primary colours red, yellow and blue so we were able to mix them to make different colours. I found because you could make different colours it taught him his basic colours at an early age and taught him what colours they made when mixed this was a great learning curve for him.
I made sure he was supervised when he was playing with these so that he wouldn't put them in his mouth when he got a little older I was able to leave him to make his own picture and show me when he had fininshed. I also showed him how to make a butterfly pattern with them that he found amazing.
Eventhough the packet said they were washable I still wouldn't believe it at first so I made sure that he was wearing his old clothes and that I put a wipeable mat on the kitchen floor for him to play with them on. When he had finished I put him in the kitchen sink to wash him down and put his clothes in the wash with the mat. My son washed down lovely his hands nor body were stained from the paints and when I got his clothes out of the washer they were clean and not stained either so now I do not mind what clothes he has on to paint with.
The only thing that I have to be careful of when he is playing with these paints is that he doesn't get it on my walls because it does not come off this so some supervison is still needed for when they get board.
These are a very educational toy for the children and will help bonding sesions with parent and child. They can also be used to amuse more than one child at a time so that you can all play together. They are safe and will not stain clothes or furniture but will stain wall paper if they get too carried away with it. The best place to play with these are in the garden when it is nice because you will not have to worry about your house.
My daughter was bought these for her 1st birthday, although the product states suitable for 3+ years, I found that they were suitable although close supervision needed to ensure little fingers dont stick themselves into every available orafice!
She has loved the colours, and as a plus point as they are available in the main primary colours, we have used these to start talking about colout mixing and experimenting with hands and feet. The negatives are that although i liked the colours available i found that the vibrancy of the colours was not great once on paper. Additionally, they are a great texture for little hands, quite gel like and therefore they dont drip everywhere when being used, but are not so suitable for use with paintbrushes.
overall a fair product at a reasonable price, if buying this for the 1st time for a 3 year old, i would probably recommend that its worth sticking to ordinary poster paints which do the job the same abd give a greater range fo cololurs
I brought a pack of Crayola Beginnings Washable Fingerpaints from Mothercare for around £4.99. You can pick them up from all good toy shops and many online shops. They are currently selling on Amazon.co.uk for £3.29.
The paints come in a recycable cardboard box, mainly green and yellow in colour. The front is open therefore allowing you to touch the paints if you really feel the need to!?
There are only 3 colours - red, yellow and blue. However these are colours that can be mixed with each other to make other colours. They each come in a transparent, plastic (recycable again) 147ml bottle with a white cap. The cap is removed to pour the paint out and should be closed when not in use to stop the paint from drying out or spilling everywhere. The bottles open from the bottom so you don't have to do all that shaking when you're nearing the end of the bottle.
The paint is not like normal paint, it is more like coloured gel. This isn't a negative as it works just like paint and looks just like paint when it's dry. I think this is better for younger children rather than older children though as it seems easiler and less challenging than normal paints.
The way I use them is to squeeze a small amount of each colour onto a plate and let my daughter use a brush, sponge or her fingers to make pictures with. The only downside in doing this is it's very easy to mix all the colours together. Mixing the yellow and red colours together is okay but when the blue starts getting mixed in, it turns a really gross dark colour.
The paints are suitable for 2+ years but I did use them slightly earlier a couple of times to send letters out to people with my daughters hand prints on and for keep sake books.
The paints can be used for painting pictures, making handprints, footprints, finger painting and general childrens arts and crafts.
Best of all the paints are totally washable. I've got them on all types of surfaces and clothing (even whites) and they have all come out in the washing machine. They also come off easily on skin - just a rinse under the tap and it's all sorted. For extra piece of mind you could always use an apron.
The advantages of this product for me would be it does what it says on the tin, is great for young kids, bright colours, is washable and comes in a bottle which means I can decide how much paint I want to be squeezed out.
The disadvantages of this product for me would be the fact there are only 3 colours and they are quite expensive considering they only have 3 colours. Also if they are used quite thickly it can take ages for it to dry (literally 2 days!) and they're too easy to mix together and make a yucky colour. If your child gets through a lot of paint these might also not be too suitable as I don't think they would last too long (we still have some left but have been using it sparingly lately).
This low mess paint washes off skin and clothing, giving you the peace of mind to let your child to be as creative as they like. The Finger Paints come in 3 bright colours.