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My son received this toy as a present for Christmas just passed when he was a little over 3, as it was a present I'm not sure how much it cost but looking around it seems to cost in the region of the £15 mark which gives you the main station and 1 book.
*~* Packaging *~*
The toy comes packaged in a thick box which is very bright and colourful with lots of yellows and greens. It seems very fitting especially as this is a creative style toy and is very appealing to a young child's eye. The box does have an unusual shape almost going into a pyramid but with a flatter top, I'm not really sure of the purpose of this but however. The box states that this set is for 3 years plus which seems about accurate for most creative toys, I feel that they put this age on the packaging from a safety point of view and most of the time the age range does not reflect the actual use of the product.
*~* Getting To The Goodies!! *~*
On opening the box there are 3 items inside, the first is a strip of paints, the kind you get with a painting by numbers but quite a bit bigger. All of them are transparent and have a coloured circle on the top to let you know what colour the gel will turn. The second is the machine which holds the strip of paints and is orange in colour with a chunky purple brush with a lot of pale coloured bristles that are very soft and flexible which is attached by a wire, I do think that the length is not long enough to effectively use the toy.
The last item in the box is a Crayola Pad which is suitable for use with all Colour Wonder products I know there are pens but I'm not sure if there are other items. The pad is quite simply plain paper held within a cardboard outer layer, there is something in the pad I assume that makes the clear gels coloured but I have no idea what it is. It reminds me of magic painting but with much brighter colours.
*~* Getting To Grips With The Items *~*
To set up this toy you have to insert the strip of paints into the space on the machine and clip the pad into the clipboard style clip to hold the pad in place during use. You also have to insert 3 AAA batteries which is easily done by removing the cover of the battery compartment, the batteries are not included so if buying this it is worth remembering, nothing worse than getting a new toy and not being able to use it because you have no batteries! I always stock up on them so it's not a problem here but it definitely detracts from the attractiveness of the product as a present I feel.
The paint pots have lids like a painting by numbers and need flipped open which definitely needs an adults touch, they are difficult to get into and children would definitely not be able to get into them themselves which is a plus point in a way as it means there is no mess everywhere but at the same time it means you always have to be on hand for them using this toy.
Once you've done this you simply flip a switch and you're ready to paint.
*~* Creating Magic.... *~*
To use you simply hold the brush above the paint pots and the brushes light up with the colour inside once you've chosen your colour you dip the brush in the pot and paint it onto the pad. Trying to get the gel out of the pot is difficult as it is not like regular paint and you can end up with nothing on the brush or with a huge blob meaning you're forced to use this colour which for a 3 year old is not that great. The colours go onto the pad well but you have the same problems that there can be huge blobs left on the pad which is not nice and it means you have to leave them out to dry rather than closing the pad up and putting it away straight after use. The colours do come out bright and recognisable after a period of time but with the gel it does make it difficult to effectively paint a picture and my son does get very frustrated with it as it is so slow.
Adding to this that between colours you are meant to wipe the colour off with a bit of kitchen paper but even in doing this I found the colour wasn't fully removed and we ended up with mixed paint colours which is ok but when a 3 year old wants a plain colour it doesn't go down well when they are forced to have a mix.
*~* When The Magic Is Over Reality Sets In *~*
Once my son was suitably frustrated and decided he was no longer interested in painting I read the clean up instructions, the lids have to placed back on to ensure the gel doesn't dry out as well as switching off the machine. You have to wait until the brush has cooled down before removing the bristles to wash them under warm water and as they have been allowed to cool down it make getting the brush clean a pain especially when you can't see any colour and can only feel it even once I thought I had it clean the next time I found that they weren't and there was still paint left over.
*~* Refilling Supplies *~*
You can buy refill's of the paint pots as well as the colour pads, the pads are around £3 from places such as Asda and the paint pots are available on Amazon in various colours for £6.99 so it can get expensive if this is a toy that gives children a lot of fun.
*~* A 3 Year Old Boy's View *~*
When i asked if my son enjoyed this toy he wasn't all that impressed, even when it got brought out on further occasions he didn't display much interest in it at all, he gets very frustrated with the paints mixing and then taking an age to appear on the page. The wire is not long enough for him to use the whole page and if he tries to do the bottom the machine ends up moving around and he gets upset and annoyed that he can't use the toy as he would with an 'old fashioned' brush and paper. He also didn't seem to be too interested the 'magic' of the toy and doesn't ask for this toy out at all the only time he has used it has when i have instigated it which doesn't say much for the toy.
*~* A Parent's View *~*
From a parental point of view I think this toy is not suitable for children such as my son, he became too frustrated with the 'paint' being far too thick and leaving blobs on the page, he couldn't turn the page and do more than one picture at a time as well as it taking quite a while for the colours to show up on the pad. I also feel that the wire is far too short and it just has too many flaws for it to be an effective toy. It isn't all that magic and I feel that regular paint and brushes are a much cheaper and much more creative option. It feels to me that they are trying to take a classic creative activity and make it modern when it doesn't have to be. I would never have purchased this and after use I wouldn't recommend it, especially at the cost it's far too expensive and the refills could become exceptionally costly if you were buying them regularly. Overall as a parent it is not a toy I am happy with or that I would recommend. The remainder of the paint and pad are sat in the cupboard and I envision that they will be passed onto someone who may have some fun with it but for my son it was a toy fail.
My eldest daughter is very creative and she likes nothing more than to sit at the table making everyone pictures, my Grandma bought her this set for Christmas last year and I expected her to have loads of fun with the set however we have found that is not the case.
Crayola is a very well know make in the area of creativity for children and as such this set and many accessories in the range as widely available, Asda were selling this at £20 around Christmas however looking it up online now it seems to have gone down in price quite a bit with Amazon currently selling the set for £13.02 including delivery.
The set comes packaged in a bright yellow cardboard box, Crayola always seem to have the same bright yellow packaging for their products which makes them easy to spot on the shops shelves. The box is a funny shape being a rectangle at the bottom and a rectangle at the top but the top one isn't as wide so the front of the box slopes upwards, the box states that the toy is for 3 years and up and shows a picture of a happy girl playing with the set.
Inside The Box
Inside the box you find there is a pad of paper, the pad states it is for use with all colour wonder products the markers, paints and finger paints. The front of the pad shows the usual Crayola logo and states the magic of colour but without the mess. I must say the idea of painting without all the mess that goes with it really did appeal to me. The pad contains 30 pages and when these are used you can buy refill pads for £3.75 for 30 pages. Each page of paper inside the pad is white in colour and feels like very thick paper but has a leatherette feel to it, it has the Crayola Colour Wonder logo all over the back of it which I didn't feel there was any need for and points out to people how my daughter has made them a picture which I don't see as necessary.
There is a set of instructions although this only one sheets of paper which provides instructions ion 8 different languages. The instructions are very simple and easy to follow although the writing is pretty small to fit it all in so I think it would have been better done over two pages to make it easier to read.
The last piece in the box is a bright orange plastic box about 8 inches long x 4 inches wide, it contains 6 little paint pots and a paint brush which is on a wire, the box is very colourful and as soon as my daughter saw the set she wanted to paint immediately picking up the brush before I had a clue what to do with it. The lids of the paint pots are quite stiff to begin with and I though the gel paint inside was going to fly out when trying to open them but the gel is very thick and didn't move anywhere.
The set requires 3 x AA batteries and these are not included which I personally think is very poor and I don't see how putting a couple of batteries in toys adds to the price very much but it makes a great deal of difference to the child who wants to play, I always have a stash of batteries in the drawer for toys such as this.
The paint pots are wrapped in a plastic bag and this is easy to remove and then you need to place them into their place on the main box and with a gentle push they click into place so this was an easy enough process. On the front of the box there is a clip for holding your pad in place so you need to turn the front over and place the page under the clip, it is wise to use the clip as the paint brush isn't on a very long wire so this makes sure your child can reach the page with the brush without dragging the box around. The paint pots all have a little coloured spot on top of them to show which colour is in the pot as the paint inside is actually clear, you turn the unit on with a little sliding switch at the side of the box which is easy to move and my daughter can manage to do on her own. Each of the six paint pots has it's own little lid which needs flipping up before use, my daughter can't manage to do this herself as the lids are quite stiff to move. You have to hold the paint brush above each of the six paint pots in turn and you can see the bristles turn the colour of the paint in the pot, you are now ready to make pictures.
Using the Set
To use the set you simply place the bristles into the relevant pot and then the bristles will turn that colour and when you use the brush on the special paper the colour will appear or at least this is the theory. The tubs of paint are a bit of a pain as the colour spot to show your child what colour is inside is on the lid so once the lids are open your child doesn't know which one is which this would have been better if each pot had been the colour of the paint. When you put the brush on the paper it takes a little while for the colour to develop so for an impatient 4 year old I straight away got "mammy it doesn't work" we realised the problem after a few goes but we found that where she would constantly brush back and forth to make the colour appear it wore the top of the paper a little and ruined the effect of her picture.
Once my daughter got to grips with this she was alright playing with it, between using each colour you are supposed to brush the brush across some kitchen paper to remove the last colour however it doesn't remove it fully and we found that she ended up getting some mixes of colours where the paint remained. The paints when they work do provide some lovely pictures although the colours are quite pale looking and my daughter tends to prefer brighter colours when she paints pictures.
Clearing the set away is a bit of a muck about, you need to put the lids back on all the paints to stop them drying out which is obvious, you remove the pad from the clip so that it can go back in the box which again is fine. You need to wipe down the brush and handle with a damp cloth and then you have to unscrew the bristles and wash them properly under running water which must be cool before you have to dry to bristles by patting them on a soft towel to be able to put them back on the paint brush handle and put it away. I understand why you have to remove the bristles with the set using battery power but it is a bit of a pain to clean up and not matter how much running water you rinse the bristles under they still seem to be full of paint.
Sophie has got to grips with this set now although she doesn't ask to play with it very often so I think that speaks volumes really, she doesn't like it when she wants a certain colour and the brush gives a mix of colours instead and she is constantly asking me to check which colour is which for her as when she is holding her brush in one hand and the pad still with the other she doesn't have a third hand to flip the lid forward and have a look at the coloured sticker. Sophie is happy with the pictures she creates in the end although it isn't the calmest of playing sessions using the set, over half of the pad of paper is left and this is since Christmas so I don't think Sophie would recommend the set and she prefers to colour with poster paints or felt tips than this set.
I think the idea of the set is really good I just think some things should have been better thought out, I think the finger paints may have been a better choice for Sophie as she at least could clean her fingers with a baby wipe before using the next colour. I think the cord length wasn't really considered properly and think it should have been longer although this then would become a choking hazard so the age range of the toy would have to be put up. The set turns itself off after 3 minutes and then to reactivate it you have to flick it off and then back on again which is good as it preserves the battery life when your child gets side tracked with another activity. The box itself is pretty tough and it has been pulled around a bit and even held by the brush in mid air when Sophie has forgotten the brush is attached yet it still works fine. I wouldn't recommend this product and am quite surprised that Crayola have created a product like this, the ideas great but the cord should be longer, the paint pots should be coloured the relevant colour and the colour should develop faster as young children don't want to wait for it.
My little girl received this Crayola colour wonder magic light brush set for christmas. Although she has only had it a few days it was the first present she wanted out of the box to play with.
Crayola colour wonder magic light brush set was a gift from my sister , she purchased this set from Toys R us for £18.99. The box is big and colourful showing a picture of the product on it so. Once I had opened the big box I was surprised how small the paint unit is. The box contains a small pad of magic paper, the unit with attached paint brush and a set of clear paints.
Setting Crayola colour wonder magic light brush set up was simple and did not require the instructions. The unit takes three AA batteries and these are put in at the back of the unit where you need a small philip head screw driver to get to the battery compartment.
The unit is orange in colour and made from solid plastic. I like the paint brush, its purple in colour, nice length and chunky perfect for small hands to grip. The bristles are clear in colour and soft, there is a cord attached to the end of the paint brush going into the unit.
Paint tubs are small in size and don't hold a lot of paint, these are clear in colour as its the actual paint but each tub has a coloured sticker on top showing what colour the paint is, that is pointless. The paint tubs are joined together in one strip and sit inside the unit.
Crayola colour wonder magic light brush set claims its mess free painting, another reason my sister purchased this for my daughter.
Setting the set up takes a few minutes once batteries have been put in, paints put on the unit and pad clipped in at the front of the unit its all set to go.
Basically you move the paint brush over the top of the clear paint and it lights up the colour. My daughter could already see what colour she wanted because of the colour stickers however she was really excited to see the paint brush glow brightly her favourite colour purple. I watched her paint the pad of paper with the paint and it goes on clear but dries in the colour she used. The colours you get are red, blue, purple, green, orange and yellow. The good thing about the set is the colours only show up on the pad of paper. The pad holds twenty five sheets of thick white paper but feels waxy and coated.
She really enjoyed doing the painting although she hated waiting for her pictures to dry. It took around thirty minutes for her masterpiece dry fully and once it did it looked colourful and glossy. As for the mess free that's not the case, the clear paint its sticky like glue and she got it on her desk, finger tips and hair. This really feels like she has painted using a coloured prit stick. It is washable so comes of with a hot soapy cloth.
The paints are finished now and she only made four pictures, luckily we can purchase replacement paints and paper for the colour wonder set on Amazon for around £10. My daughter found this set amazing and magical. It did hold her attention and she had fun that's what its all about so I probably will go ahead and get more paint.
I think it could be more magical and a surprise if the paints didn't have the coloured stickers on top of the lids. I don't think Crayola should say its mess free either, its sticky and messy. I do recommend this product from the fun factor for kids but would be cheaper to get some washable paints and a thick pad of paper.
I first saw the Crayola colour wonder mess - free magic light brush on an TV advert. Immediately I was drawn to the words such as "Mess Free" and "Magic." For some reason, probably just me pinning too high a hopes on technology, I thought that this would involve painting-without actually using paints. I was quick to add it on to my daughters Christmas wish list and it was nanna who kindly bought for her, she too was intrigued by the magic paints. I assumed that the "magic brush" would paint with out using paints, obviously I thought there was some trickery involved, such as the special paper that came with it but in reality, the "Magic" side of things was not as all as magic as I had expected it to be.
It was a couple of days after Christmas that my daughter had finally decided to want to play with this. We sat down on the carpet with our ordinary everyday clothes on exited by the fact that we wasn't surrounded by rolls of news paper, and well even then there would be no chance we would even consider painting on the carpet! I was like a child in a sweet shop, dazzled by curiosity as I opened all of the packages contained in the box. I was saying to my partner, look - how clever is that, it even looks like a paint pot! I put everything together, which involved nothing more than sliding the paint pots into the compartments waiting for them. I attached the pad to the clip on the side to stop it from wobbling about and we was all set to go!
My daughter held the paint brush above the colour paint pot she wanted, and having noticed the sensors underneath the paint pots before I placed them in, I was sure it would have worked, but it never. I tried and then daddy tried, but on all three occasions the brush would not light up. The brush has very thin strands which look remotely similar to the ones you get on a fibre optic Christmas tree. I immediately thought that this was broke so I opened it up, not really knowing what I was looking, I came to the conclusion that - yes - I was right I didn't have a clue what I was looking for. Any way during this kerfuffle, my daughter had opened the paint lids, which I didn't think you could do, to reveal - yes - believe it or not, paint!
This wasn't your ordinary type of paint no, but it was still wet and gloopy and needed adding to your paper, all in all you can definitely call It paint. Despite my annoyance with the whole thing, my daughter was soon to dip her paint brush into the colour pot she wanted, as she did this the brush lit up the colour she wanted. It was a bright, luminous sort of colour, but did not match that of the paint that came out on the paper. The paint in the pots are clear, it is just clear gloop, therefore the lights do help in choosing the colour that you want, because to a child it looks like there is paint on the brush. As she put the paint to the paper however, nothing came out apart from a shiny clear gloss. It took around 10seconds for the colour to start showing, this is not a long time, but to a 3 year old it is. By the time the colour showed up, she had already dipped her brush back into the paint, taking up a large scoop and applied it to her paper. The colour that did eventually show up was not as was indicated on the lid, a bright red came out as a faint pink, as did all of the other colours. They were more pastoral colours rather than the bright primary colours that was indicated. My daughter did grow very annoyed with this as she was trying to paint a picture and she couldn't see what she was painting. She only managed to see what she had done once it had started to appear. As she is only 3 her pictures are more scribbles anyway, but I don't think an older child would enjoy this. The pictures, once painted take longer than normal paint to dry, and even after it has dried completely, it still feels sticky and has a glossy finish which normal paints don't have.
Another problem, is that you cant paint on top of another colour, it has to be directly onto the paper. Now when you cant see where you have already painted, this causes problems. When my daughter plays with this, I have to sit down with her and show her where to paint because I can see what part of the paper is already wet. This does not encourage her independence at all, with me sitting with her pointing to the part of the paper where she can paint. I also have to control her use of the paints, she thinks that if she uses more she will be able to see it better, the paint pots are very small and we have used this three times and the paint has almost ran out. I don't even know if replacements are available, or how much money they will cost. The paper that comes with the paint is not of the best design either, it is in a ring binder sort of style, where the pages can't be neatly torn out, this means only one picture can be painted at a time leaving you with a very short painting session as the brush is rather thick.
I think the idea was there when this was created but it defiantly wasn't right. On a positive note, my daughter does enjoy, as perhaps will other children but I am constantly worried that if the clear paint gets onto clothes etc it will stain, perhaps not like a paint stain but I am sure it will leave a mark. Another plus point, however small this may be, is that the colour wonder paint can be used on other colour wonder products. We bought my daughter a colour wonder colouring book with the invisible felt tip pens and the paint works on here. But again, you cant see if you are colouring between the lines etc. I don't like this much and wouldn't go as far as recommending it, we bought it for £25.00 in Argos near Christmas, but is decreased in value since and is available from Amazon for £13.00, this is definitely a more reasonable price to pay. Children will like it, but its definitely got no magic!