Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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ELC Paint Palatte
Early Learning Centre Paint Palette
Member Name: louisechackett
Early Learning Centre Paint Palette
Advantages: lasts well, cheap, good quality
Disadvantages: none for me
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!
Summary: A great buy