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** Crayola Oink! Oink! Make Your Own Piggy Bank **
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. Their creative sets were always on my wish list.
The Make Your Own Piggy Bank comes with a white clay pic, a tray of 6 little poster paints and a paint brush. The idea is simple, you paint it in whatever design you wish, let it try and then save for a rainy day.
I have to be honest, I originally bought this for my niece to keep her occupied and to also prompt her to do little chores at home in reward for pennies. The deal was when the pig was full or when it got to her birthday (In April) she can open it and buy a party dress. To be honest, it was so entertaining that I have another one on the way for me! It is a great incentive to save change and the fact you can create your own little pig means almost reduces the temptation of using the change inside!
** Price & Availability **
I bought the first piggy bank for my niece and it cost £6.84 from Amazon. I have just bought myself one from Boots. It was a bit more expensive at £9.00, but as it was in the 3 for 2 promotions it worked out a better deal with the other things I was getting and I got this free! The price sounds a little steep for something that can be painted once. But keeping in mind that the pig is actually a savings pot which can be kept forever (unless broken) it is pretty good value for money.
** This Little Piggy...! **
The pig itself is a decent size. The best way to describe it is like a small melon with 4 feet and 2 ears. It is made of clay so very smooth and a great surface for painting. It stands on its feet and really resembles the shape of a pig, it has a small slot at the top for saving those coins and a black pull out plug under the pig (or its belly) which can be pulled out with a tough pull and you can empty the coins. Although, you should be saving and not emptying!
The pig comes with 6 little pots of poster paints in see through tubs. For my niece this was great because she could open and close the lids and see what colour she wanted to use. The colours are Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange, Yellow and Green. I was surprised there was no red and my niece was a little let down by this, but at least there was pink so it gave her some satisfaction. The paints are bright but you don't get much of them so you are obliged to use ALL the colours so that the pig gets covered. Of course you can just leave it plain with a couple of stars or something but my niece wanted the whole thing covered. If you have any other paints around you can use those as well, plus if you want to make it a bit more creative you could use things such as feathers and glitter to add to the decoration. The paint brush that comes with it is very thin and a bit lame to be honest, but it does the job. We have some of my nieces other paint brushes floating around so we used them as well.
The pig is a blank canvas and you can let your imagination run wild as to what design you want to paint. My niece decided on flowers with a few random polka dots floating over the place. I used a pencil to draw on the outline of the flowers lightly and then let my niece get to work. You can't see the pencil lines through the paint so it was a great guide for her. I have been thinking about what design to do mine when it comes and I think I might do stripes with a large H on the front! I can let my creative side free for a change and not feel silly.
The paint dries quite quickly and overall it gave my niece about an hour of fun. She knows it is a piggy bank and we have agreed that I will give her 10p every time she helps her mum make her bed, tidies up her books or does another little task. She doesn't understand the value of money just yet but knows that silver coins are exciting. I think it is a great way of giving her the idea of saving. As I said earlier, I explained to her that the more things she does and if she behaves well (no tantrums) then she can buy a dress with the money for her birthday or when it's full. I know the pig probably won't hold enough for a dress if filled with pennies, but I don't mind adding to it. But to get the idea of rewards and being good means that eventually you can get what you want. But you have to work at it. My niece has been incredibly spoilt by our family, but somehow she likes this idea a lot and so far has managed to get about £2.00 from me!
The only down side is that the clay pig is quite delicate. If dropped it will probably smash. So I made sure that my niece was sitting at the table when she was painting and that she had to hold it with 2 hands when showing it to everyone. It will get heavier as the coins go in so we have made sure it is slightly out of reach for her so she doesn't drop it and beak it.
Overall, it kept my niece busy forever an hour but the rewards are running further than that. I am waiting for mine and I am quite excited about it. In my opinion it is a nice little thoughtful gift. A bit too pricy for stocking filler so will look great wrapped up for Christmas or a birthday for adult or child!
** IMPORTANT INFO **
For ages 4 years and over.... Good thing I am 25 then!
I like to buy my girls creative play toys rather than useless play toys that don't last.
Crayola is about the best you can get for arts and craft fun.
Oink oink piggy bank cost me £6.99 from play.com last month and i purchest two of them one each for my girls to keep them quite on rainy days during the summer holidays.
The piggy is made from pottery clay and has a black stopper on his tummy.
He is a reasonable size too.
Oink piggy comes with six tubs of paint in the colours of pink red purple green blue yellow and a red plastic paint brush.
My girls did one bank between them and made a fancy jigsaw pattern all over him it is very jazzy.
The paint is washable so comes of clothes and hands easily.
The bank slot takes 1p 2p 10p £1 £2 coins.
It is a great way to teach them to save as well as being creative.
For 4 years and up.
My only quibble with it was the paint tubs were so small and there was not enough paint to finish the bank and to use the paint from the second set.
I recommend the oink oink piggy bank 5 dooyoo stars for this one!
I bought this piggy as a joke gift for a friend, and decided to decorate it for her....
I excitedly opened up the pig to find that it is just made from white plaster of paris. The size and shape was fine. It has little ears, and 4 solid legs. There is a small hint of a curly tail on it's bottom too.
However, they did not mark where the eyes go. You might think this sounds trivial, but it would be a big help if they did add the eyes for you, or at least lightly mark the shape. A wrong stroke of the brush and you can instantly turn your piggy into looking like an evil creature.
The paints they sent in the pack are fine. Not great. Just fine. There are 6 colours. None of which are black. So if you want black paint, or any black features I would suggest buying some before starting your painting. With the issue with the eyes, I actually bought a black permanent marker to do them in the end.
the paint pots are very small, so don't think about colouring a large area of the pig with one block of colour. To do that you will need to buy your own paint.
They privide one paint brush so you will need to clean it between colours.
For the £6(ish) price tag from Amazon this is fine, you don't expect wonders. But in all honesty, I wouldn't pay more than that given that you might be having to purchase extras anyway!
But this would be a fun rainy-day activity for the kids, and great gifts for people if you want somthing a bit personal.
If you have, or know, a child who is into all things crafty then chances are this is a product they will enjoy. Aimed at children age 4 and above, but in my opinion accessible to slightly younger children with supervision, this set contains a piggy bank, brushes and 6 paint pots.
I bought this set with my 3 year old, it cost her £9.95 of her birthday money at WH Smith, but is also available for less at Amazon. She wanted to emulate her older sister who painted a pig at one of those pottery cafes and has since been filling her money bank with hard-earned pennies. I was attracted by the crayola name, having already bought a number of other crayola sets.
In the box was a carefully packaged pig, made of white unglazed porcelain and nicely finished with a cheeky grin and a removable stopper. There were no instructions, but then it is a pretty self explanatory activity. The 6 colours provided were purple, pink, blue, orange, yellow and green - so though not specifically a kit for girls I don't think boys would necessarily appreciate the colour choices.
The brush was of fairly good quality and my daughter got stuck in and really enjoyed the actual painting. The paint was thick enough to not go everywhere and also dried onto the unglazed surface fairly quickly. They do say on the box to take care as the paint may not wash off some surfaces, we did find it was easily removed from little hands once the painting was done.
One thing that annoyed me slightly was that on absolutely all the example pictures on the box, which were presumably ideas for older children, the pig had cartoon eyes painted in black - which actually wasn't possible as that colour wasn't provided. It didn't matter to my three year old but I do think it is better if images are realistic and attainable.
There was enough paint for copious application and the paint dried to a nice sheen and the finished product looks quite good. Once applied the paint wouldn't, however, be easily removable if you change your mind design-wise due to the finish of the pig.
This item won't allow you to get the results you would get at a pottery cafe, the pig won't be glazed, but it is a simple set with nothing complex about it - you paint it and job done. It is also a cheaper option than a paint your own shop. Like I said before we enjoyed using this set, and it was a nice activity to do at home.
This would make a lovely present and the finished item is a very nice piggy bank that will hopefully help my daughter along the way in learning the first lessons about the value of money. Recommended.
This creative kit contains everything you need to make your very own fun piggy bank! Piggy Banks are back in style, with this fun Crayola 'Oink Oink' Kit! Create you own special piggy bank using the 6 pots of paint and paint brush! Personalise your 'piggy' by adding your own jazzy designs, flowers, stars, stripes, whatever takes your fancy. Keep for yourself or great as a unque gift for just about anyone! A great way of encouraging creativity in kids.