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Sophie loves to create pictures and one activity which she often asks to do is paint, we have bought her alsorts of paints over the last few years but have come to the conclusion that we are best just buying different large bottles of poster paints and just putting out the amount she needs when she wants to play. As we now put the paints out for Sophie we needed something to put them in so we bought this paint palette set from The Early Learning Centre although wer actually bought it from Amazon.
The palette cost me about £3.00 towards the end of last year and comes with free delivery which makes it the same price as it is at The Early Learning Centre shop itself and the only reason I bought it from Amazon was that I had credit in my Amazon account.
The palette itself is made of strong white plastic and then it has a see through circular pot in the middle and then circular pots in yellow, red, green, blue, black and white around the outside. The pots are all nice and brightly coloured and they are all made of durable plastic. The pots all push out of the white base which makes them easy to clean after use although it is best to clean them quite quickly as this prevents the pain drying on and becoming harder to wash away.
When my daughter wants to paint we put out a small amount into each pot as there is no way to seal the pots any paint that hasn't been used ends up getting wasted so therefore I don't like to put too much paint out at a time. The pots at half way full provide enough paint to keep Sophie happy for a good hour or so so it allows me to get on with housework without getting bugged to refill. We actually tend to use the centre pot for Sophie to mix her own colours in rather than for water as intended as I found she wanted the water changing that often that I ended up getting covered in paint lifting it in and out of the middle so it is easier just to use a different tub for water.
Sophie loves her paint palette, we have used it to show her how to mix the secondary colours making it into a colour wheel like they do at school so you have yellow then a space, red then a space and blue then a space and you mix the 2 colours either side of the empty pot together to see what colour you get. The pots are nice and strong and easy to wash and at £3 they are worth the money you pay for them.
From my son being a very young age I wanted to encourage him to do art and craft activities. I think the fact that I was a nursery nurse before I had him did make me more determined to let him get messy, have fun and enjoy being creative with all manner of products. One item which I bought when my son was around three years old and which we still use now is the early learning centre paint palatte and this is my review of it.
The early learning paint palatte is a really simple item to be honest but one which is extremely functional. The main base of the product is a thick white plastic which certainly feels as though it will stand the test of time. Inside the base there are seven holes in which coloured plastic pots sit and it is in these that you will put the paint and the water for cleaning the paint brush when changing colours as well.
The plastic pots to hold the paint are a really good size I think and I personally like to only add a little paint to them each time as they do not have lids and so this limits any wastage that you may have. If your child is likely to want to paint daily then I would think you could easily cover the paint pots with some cling film and this would keep the paint usable certainly for a few days anyway. There is scope to add quite a lot of paint to the pots should you wish to as they are quite deep. What is great is that the pots are coloured and so I do like to pop yellow paint in the yellow one, and green in the green one and so on which I think makes it easier for a child when they are painting. Of course there will be occasions when you pop a colour in to a non matching pot but for the most part I do try and coordinate them.
What is a handy little feature with these pots is that there are ridged sections on the pots which you can rest the paint brush in should you wish to use another brush in another colour and so this removes the risk of paint brushes falling over left right and centre and staining clothes or work surfaces.
After my son has done some painting I do like to wash out the paint palatte pretty much immediately especially as these days he is likely to only want to paint every so often. I find washing the paint pots out with hot soapy water and a sponge is easy enough though sometimes the paint can stick around the bottom edges of the pots which means I have to scrub them a little bit more. They dry easily on the draining board and I can just slot them back in to place ready for the next time we want to use them once they are dry.
The actual paint palatte is pretty chunky as you would expect with a product which gives you space for six pots of paint and a water pot too and so it can be tricky to store it in a cupboard properly depending on the space that you have but it can be turned on its side so it does fit in my arts and crafts cupboard nicely.
The cost of this product is only three pounds from the early learning centre and I have to say this is excellent value. We have had this product for four years now and it is still in tip top condition despite numerous uses and I see no reason why it won't still be fully functional for many more years to be honest as it is well made. I would certainly recommend this product for budding little artists who enjoy painting as it makes things so much easier when they can just pick a colour from one of these pots as opposed to a plate or something which I was using previously before buying this palatte.
Thank you for reading my review!
My son has always loved painting and always enjoyed getting in a mess .I have tried various paints and find Crayola bottle paints and have topped up some tubs I had for finger paints with Crayola paint but as these were getting very grubby I thought it was time to look for something new.
I looked in the Early learning centre as they do tend to have a wide selection of art materials that are specifically aimed at children. I spotted the Paint palette and it immediately looked better than other versions I had spotted in other stores.
The Tray itself is a white hexagonal tray made with strong plastic and has six pots which sit within pre moulded cups around the outside and a clear on for the centre. The posts are various colours red, blue, green, yellow and black and a clear one in the centre forward to clean your cleaning your brushes.
I find these are much deeper than a standard palette and what I do like is that they are deeper than a standard palette so I can use significant amounts of paint. I do feel compelled to use the right colour in the co ordinate pot and when I am using colours that do not have a co coordinating pot I do feel in a quandary. I do like the fact the posts do have a groves which do hold the brushes.This is also a unique feature from anything else I have seen. These groves are quite large so hold a large children's paintbrush.
I do tend to own a lot of paint brushes and rather than trying to get the brush clean before my son dunks it in another colour I can simply leave the brush on the slot and wait till he decides to return to the previous colour. The palette as it is quite large doesn't tend to tip over like some of the cheaper versions.
The one negative about his that it doesn't have lids so all the unused paint does get washed down the sink. The paint palette is very easy to wash and with he fact the pots are removable it does make them easy to clean.
The palette is recommended for children two years and over but personally at whatever age they begin painting these appear suitable for younger children who would obviously be supervised.
My son at the age of three really doesn't care what his paint comes in. He is simply excited to have the paints out.
I can strongly recommend this product however my son simply doesn't care. It is available from both online and in store for £3 which I consider to be a bargain for an effective product.
I was out shopping last week for some new items to pop in my daughters craft box. She adores painting and drawing. Any activity that creates a mess! I had previously bought her a paint palette but it was flat and too small and the paint used to run in to one another and drip all over the floor.
I love shopping in the early learning centre i always manage to find great toys and craft items for sale. I spotted the paint palette and thought it looked very practical and just what i wanted. I turned the palette over and discovered it was only £4.00! So i bought it.
The palette is made from a thick white plastic, very robust and strong.They palette has 6 grooves on it which can be used for sitting paint brushes down on. It is hexagonal shaped and has 6 compartments around the edges centre and one in the centre. It as comes with 6 plastic paint pots that are also strong plastic and slip into the compartments they come in red, blue, green, yellow, white and black and a clear pot that sits in the centre compartment that can be used for the water to clean your paint brushes. All the pots sit nice and snug in the compartments and have ridges on them so they can be easily picked up.
I really like this paint palette because its a nice size a and chunky, easy for kids to hold and identify what colours are where with the coloured paint pots. It is also very easy to clean with warm soapy water and comes up like it was brand new. My daughter has had hours of fun painting with this and will last her forever as it is well made and excellent quality as always from the early learning centre.
My daughter loves this product too, and it has helped her to learn her colours and improve he hand to eye co-ordination.
The early learning center has an excellent craft department in shop and online, most shopping centres have a early learning centre. Its worth a visit as you wont be disappointed.
I give this 5 dooyou stars.
Well I've been sorting out my 2 year old twin boys toys the past week and I'm still not half way through sorting out their toy room. Half the stuff they havn't even played with, yet others havn't been put down.
One of their many favourite toys have been the Early Learning Centre Paint Palette.
You can buy this palette both in store and online, if buying online you will find it in the arts and crafts section of their websites, and basically the same in store, if you head towards their arts and crafts section of the store - either way it will cost you £4, however buying online includes a delivery charge.
Firstly, the reason I bought the palette was because the colours caught my eye and it looked different to your typical flat palette with a few spaces for paint in.
This one is a hexagonal shaped palette, sturdy and strong white plastic, quite a thick plastic too, with holes inside it. 'So What' I hear you say, so what that this one has deep holes inside instead of flat 'spaces'.
Well these deep holes, you don't just pour paint into you know, Oh No.. These deep holes within this hexagonal paint palette holds paint pots in different colours, one in the very middle of the palette, and one on each of the 6 sides of the palette, so you have 7 individual paint pots altogether.
The pots themselves are made of the same sturdy plastic as the palette, however they are each coloured differently. You will find yourself with a transparent pot, a black, blue, red, yellow, white and a green pot. Each pot is fairly deep, and the rim of each pot is a curvy and wavy design making them that little bit more edgy and trendy too.
Now this palette has been a paint palette, a roleplaying toy, bath toy and simply used as cups to drink out of to. So for £4 this palette has definitely had it's uses.
The paint can either be poured into the pots, or into the holes in the palette itself. Either way they can be cleaned and washed up with no paint left over. The pots can lift out, and you can place them on an easel 'ledge' so they sit closer to the actual paper that the 'artist' is painting on, therefore resulting in less spillages and drips .. Hopefully lol! Our palettes have been washed no end of times thanks to a lot of painting and messy times taking place in our house and the colouring and surface of the palette doesn't scratch nor fade in anyway, no matter the temperature of the water used or the washing up liquid used, they both still look as good as new.
When I say this palette has been used as a roleplaying toy, well being 2 and a half my boys imaginations run wild throughout the day and they enjoy, I've noticed, playing games such as shop, watching from a distance, I've seen them 'sell' their pots, pretending they are cupcakes and drinks etc ... believe me this has been endless fun and laughs, especially when they've realised I've caught them selling their 'paint palette paint pot cupcakes' lol quite tasty I must say, yes I couldn't resist buying one!
I actually thought my boys had grew out of stacking cups in the bath a long time ago, but of course anything wet, messy and splashy is a winner in most kids eyes eh, so both the palette itself and it's pots have been used in the bath for pouring, splashing, washing each others hair, pouring water from the pots into the palette, plenty of watery fun has been had there.
Last but not least the drinking cup situation. Well thanks to the depth of each individual pot these do act as mini cups now and then. Instead of my boys using their own million cups I've bought for them throughout the past 2 years they actually like the odd orange juice poured in these, and as they can drink out of cups by themselves, this seems to be quite an enjoyable paint pot/cup drinking experience.
So if you are looking for a 'decent' paint palette for your budding artists or mess makers this comes highly reccomended by myself. For £4 it is brilliant. It has survived knocks, throws, fights etc lol it has been used in our painting times which we have quite often and of course all the other fun times listed. I'm sure some of your wonderful little'uns would find many other uses for it too.