Like most mum's I dread he question, can we do some painting? More paint ends up on them and my kitchen than anywhere else. I saw these in my local supermarket and thought I would give them a go. I had bought cheap pound shop washable paints before that we're not washable at all. At £6 for the set they aren't cheap.
On thin paper they appear more watery when drying if the paper is heavily covered, than the usual non-washable paints. Our painting ended up a little crinkled, but it was very thin, and very heavily painted on paper. Both of my kids loved using them and got it everywhere. These paints are so good I could use a wet wipe to clean them up. I did clean them straight away so I don't know how effective a wipe would be on drying paint, but on wet painty hands it worked a treat. The paint washed out of their coverall very easily and left no stains.
Each bottle is 237ml in my set so they last quite a long time and you get red, green, blue and yellow.
I am a convert!!
I love it when Millie and I get creative together, there is something really special about it but I must admit I am also a little apprehensive too as usually it results in a lot of mess and a big clean up operation afterwards! I decided to buy her these paints because they said they were washable so at least if any spillages took place then I wouldn't struggle to clean the paint up afterwards. They are, however, not completely washable so I am a little disappointed in that.
=== Creative fun time ===
When I was little I remember spending hours painting and making all kinds of things and so I love being able to provide Millie with things to help her have these memories too. Being creative is great, it enables children to use their imaginations and to explore potential ideas. I always think that allowing a child to be creative as often as possible means that they will learn a lot about various things such as having control of a paint brush, logic of where to position items in a collage and patience as they wait for glue to dry and other important things like that. The only problem that comes with creative time is that it sometimes can get very messy. We have a few household items that are stained with paint and some clothes with marks on as a result. I always try to minimise the mess as much as I possibly can by putting newspaper down, giving Millie clear instructions and looking for products which are not quite as messy as others. Very recently Millie has enjoyed painting at school a lot and comes home with lots of beautiful creations so when she asked for some more paints I couldn't really resist. The paints we currently had were little palette ones but she wanted some 'watery paints' so we went on the look out for some squeezy paint bottles and that was when we came across these.
=== Crayola 4 pack ===
We saw these in Sainsbury's for £6 which worked out cheaper than the Sainsbury's own brand but these also stated they were washable whereas the Sainsbury's own brand didn't so of course we chose these over them! They came in a cardboard box so we couldn't actually see the bottles inside which was a bit of a shame as I think it's nice to be able to see them properly it always makes them more appealing than just a cardboard box so naturally Millie wanted the tubes from Sainsbury's own brand as they were clearly on show and she didn't know what was in this pack.
Within this packet you get four paints in squeezy bottles. The size of the bottles are about 8cm high and they are quite thin. They look in the picture like they are the big bottles you can get but they're not. It was fine for us as we wanted to try them out and we can always get bigger bottles if we need to. The colours included are red, blue, green and yellow so it means you can mix a good variety of different colours. I think we could really do with buying a white and a black too to be able to have a really good mix.
The bottles themselves are shiny which look quite nice and they feel slightly rubbery. This feels odd but it actually means you can grip the bottle quite well when squeezing. The lid is just like a drinks bottle lid, it is just a cap where at first you have to break a little tag off it. I actually struggled with this on a couple of bottles as it was really stiff and such a little tag it was hard to get a good grip but once off it was easy enough to open the lid. The lid is a flip lid which Millie struggles with but I'm fine with- thank goodness, I think if it was really easy to open then Millie would constantly be messing with these. To fasten them you just pop them back down and make sure you press them down so they click so they are in place and then they're closed.
The paint is squeezable so you just tip the bottle up and the paint runs out. You don't really need to squeeze them at all at first but once the bottle begins to get quite low then you do need to give a bit of a squeeze and this is easy enough to do, it's not a very squashy bottle so really best for adults to this than children. The consistency of the paint is quite thick and this is good, we have had some really watery paints before which make the colours seem quite thin when they dry which is disappointing but these paints are a good dense consistency which means when they dry the colours remain vibrant. You can of course add water to them if you want to make them go further but we prefer to just use them as they are.
Now the main thing is are they washable? Well they are on some surfaces but not all and you need to wash the items fast to be in with a chance of reducing the staining. We have managed to get some on one of the chairs and this hasn't washed out, the blue is so rich in colour that it seems very hard to get this colour out whereas the other colours washed out okay. When Millie had this on her fingers it dried and it then was really difficult to wash off, the blue and the yellow really stained her hands and it was still showing for a day afterwards so this was disappointing.
=== Conclusion ===
We have had some fun with these paints. Millie has painted me lots of different pictures and also used these to paint some of her little creations that she has made. They are good strong colours so don't fade away on the paper. I have also used these paints to show Millie about how mixing colours together creates new colours. We really need to get some black and white too to show her what happens when you add them. It is lovely to see her getting creative and using these paints in a really nice way. They seem to be easy to use as they are quite thick but easy enough to move around the paper. Because they are quite thick it means they are easier to control than those runny paints that like to run down the paper at any opportunity they can!
Millie absolutely loves these paints. We squeeze them out onto a little tray for her and she just loves mixing the colours together and creating new ones. SHe's always really surprised when she creates orange! She will spend a long time painting with these as she likes to create pictures.
I am glad that I bought them because I think they are very good quality paints and so much better for Millie's age than the little ones we had before. I am disappointed though that they are not as washable as I had hoped. The stain on the chair is not what I was expecting especially as I did wash it as soon as it happened but it seems that the blue is such a strong colour it stains easier than the others. It was also disappointing how it was difficult to wash off her hands too so that side of things have let it down really. My friends also have these paints and said they have various stains from them and don't think they can be classed as washable paints so that really is a shame.
In conclusion these are very good quality paints that children will absolutely love. If you do spill some then try to wipe it up right away or they may very well stain especially if it's the blue one. I still think they're great paints despite this little disappointment.
You can buy them from many shops. At the moment they're available on Amazon for the very random price of £5.13
As a full time dad to a nearly 3 year old girl, I am always looking for ways to occupy her and also to encourage a bit of creativity. I have bought her Play Doh and we do lots of arts and crafts things together, such as; Sticking coloured tissue/foam/glitter etc onto paper, drawing and painting.
I purchased an apron from Morrisons for under £3.00 and then I had a look online and found this set of paints on amazon.co.uk for £5.86. Crayola is a brand name when it comes to arts and crafts, it first made its name producing crayons, but now it has a whole range of different arts and crafts products, so it was a brand I could trust.
== What's in the box ==
4 x 237ml paints in red, green, yellow and blue (The 4 main primary colours)
When the paints came they were well packaged, although smaller than I expected, but a little goes a long way. It does say on the tubes "Not suitable for finger painting", but I figured she's going to get her hands messy anyway, so we might as well transfer that mess onto paper and make some art out of it. It also says on the tube "Suitable for 3+", but if a child is well supervised, there is no reason why a child of 2 and a half wouldn't be able to use them. I usually make a palette with a couple of paper plates and then I put the tubes away to be used another day, that way she has enough paints to be getting on with for an hour or so.
I didn't anticipate how hard it was going to be to get my daughter to get messy and covered in paint. I tried to get her to do some hand paints first, as I had purchased a couple of small canvases that I was going to give to her mum and her nan as Mothers Day gifts, this proved to be no mean feat. Eventually after showing her that it's OK to get messy hands, with some thorough demonstrations by myself, she started to produce some really nice finger paints. We moved on from the finger paints and I purchased a brush set from Morrisons for £2.00 and I cut up some potatoes and sponges and we did some lovely prints. In a supervised environment these paints are a great buy for a young child, your child can get really messy, but the paints wash off any surface really easily. Like I said earlier, a little goes a long way with these paints, we try and do painting a few times a month and my daughter has had these paints for about 3 months now and there's still about a 1/4 of the tube left in each tube. £5.86 for four tubes of paint that will last over 3 months is great value for money and when I am running low I will not hesitate to buy these again.
My daughter is an extremely creative little girl, I would go as far as to say i probably have enough pictures from her to wallpaper my full house and she is only four! For her fourth birthday my Mam put together a creative box for her so that I was able to dispose of all her old and worn bits and pieces and inside were these paints.
I don't know where my Mam got the paints from but you can buy the four pack for £6 from Amazon which I think is a pretty good price for a brilliant make like Crayola and the fact that these are washable paints too which I certainly need with my daughter as even with a massive floor mat she gets paint everywhere.
In the set you get four plastic bottles of the paints in Red, Yellow, Green and Blue, the plastic of the bottles are not too hard and you are able to squeeze the paint from the bottles easily, each bottle holds 250ml of paint. The front of the bottles have the Crayola name on them and the bottles are see through so you are able to see the colour of the paint inside. The paints are ready to use which is brilliant as I wouldn't want any of the paints you have to mix as I just feel this is more hassle getting the correct consistancy and more mess.
The bottles have a flip top lid on them and before dispensing any paint I always make sure I give them a shake first, I always use little pots to put the paint in for my daughter so that I can easily refill them when she has used it and there is not too much waste when she decides she has had enough of painting. You must be careful not to squeeze the bottles too hard when dispensing the paints otherwise it can come out a little too fast. We have used these paints for normal painting but also for making pictures with sponge shapes too and the paints work well for both activities.
The paints are lovely and bright and you can mix them together easily to create other colours, this always amazes my daughter as she hasn't learnt much about colour mixing just yet. The paints are thick enough that they give a good finish to her paintings although she sometimes needs encouraging to spread the paint out a little as she likes to leave large blobs on her pictures that will never dry. The paints dry well and they wash from her hands and apron perfectly, the one time she got a little bit on the carpet I scrubbed it while it was still wet and it came out but I wouldn't like to say what it would do if it was dry.
My daughter loves these paints as she just loves making pictures, you only have to say hello to her in the street and she wants to make you a picture!
I always avoid cheap, unbranded paint because when my daughter paints she generally ends up up to her elbows in it. I presumed Crayola Washable paints would wash out!
We got them out and they seemed fine, a good consistency - not to runny and the colours are nice shades. All was ok, the inevitable hand (wrist and elbow!) painting was great fun as always! When my daughter had had enough we went over to the sink to wash her hands. We washed and washed but eventually gave up and conceded that her hands were stained a blue/green! I want back to the paint and re-read the label thinking I had been mistaken and they were not washable...but no, the label definitely said washable. It was two days before the stain faded and her hands returned to their normal colour! I was never aware of these paints staining her clothes, but she wears and apron so it could be possible that they never came in contact with her clothes. Never one to waste money we did use them until they had run out....or as much as we could. It was very difficult to empty the bottles, despite storing them upside down between use.
Needless to say I have not bought these paints since!