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ELC Bits & Basics Ready Mix Paint

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Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Painting / Age: 3+ / Available in a range of colours

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      30.05.2012 23:17
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      Perfect paints for small children

      After reviewing the ELC Non Spill Paint Pots, I thought I might as well review the ELC Ready Mix Paint which you would use to put in them!

      As I explained in my previous review, my Daughter got into painting last year with the basic little palettes you get for kids, and after noticing how good and neat she was with the paints, I decided to get her some 'proper' paint. So, taking a trip to the ELC for some paint and accessories, I came across these paints. I bought them mainly because they are ready mix, which means you don't have to mess about mixing it up with water and trying to find the right consistency, and also because they cost just 80p. ELC had one of their regular Arts and Crafts events, so the paints were on offer, but at full RRP, they are still only £1.

      There are 11 colours in this range which are red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, black, white, glitter silver and glitter gold.

      THE BOTTLE

      Each bottle consists of 284ml of paint and is made of squeezy plastic. This is ideal for a child's product as some children will want to squeeze the paint into their pots or palettes themselves, so being plastic, it cannot break or shatter if dropped, especially from a child's height. The bottle is also very slim, which I prefer rather than a chunky bottle, as again, this makes it easier for a child to squirt the paint out into their pots or palettes if you let them.

      The bottles are see through, so you can easily see which colour is in the bottle and also keep an eye on the paint level. There is nothing more annoying than not being able to see how much is in there and only finding out when you are just about to use it that there's none left, especially for a toddler, who demands blue when you've ran out and will refuse to use any other colour, which toddlers tend to do! I can see my Daughter doing this, but as I know when I'm ready to buy new ones in preparation, luckily I haven't had that tantrum yet!

      USING THE PAINT

      As the bottles are squeezable, all you need to do is pop open the cap and squeeze the desired amount into a paint pot - or a yoghurt pot, butter lid, mouthwash cap (us Mums have to save money somewhere), or whatever you tend to use to put your child's paint in.

      The consistency of the paint is good. It's not too thick that it's impossible to use and not too runny that a load drips off the brush before your child's paintbrush reaches their paper. This is where it being ready mix comes in handy as I said earlier, as there's no messing around to find the right consistency.

      The paint spreads onto paper very easily, although it doesn't seem to spread far. You do have to keep dipping your brush in the paint quite often, which for toddlers and young children isn't a problem, as they just think this is what they do anyway, but for an older child who is painting proper pictures and is very arty, it wouldn't be ideal.

      The paint does seem to dry within a few minutes on thin layers, but where it is thicker, it tends to take a bit longer, as you'd expect. A child doesn't mind this either, as once they've completed one picture, they move straight onto the next and the previous is forgotten about straight away, so it can sit and dry for as long as it wants, your child probably won't be bothered!

      CLEANING AND STORING

      The bottle states that the product may stain and to keep away from clothing and furnishings. Now, of course, my Daughter has had this on her clothes, but it has washed out in the washing machine. The bottle does actually advise that paint can sometimes be removed my soaking immediately in warm water before washing, to loosen the paint up, so as long as you just put the clothes straight in the wash, I've found that it washes straight out.

      The paint, when washing off little hands and faces comes off really easily with warm soapy water, which is ideal for children, as they will get it onto their skin the majority of the time. My Daughter has had it in her hair, but just washing her hair with warm water, the paint had come out easily.

      When washing your paintbrushes, pots and palettes, the paint, again just washes out very easily with warm water. There's no need for any soap or scrubbing at all. The bottle is recyclable, so if you want to rinse it out before chucking in your recycle bin, or even reusing it for something else, then the cap simply screws off and, again with warm water, the bottle is easily cleaned out.

      I bought these paints just after Christmas, and they have stayed the same consistency even now, so they are long lasting, as my Daughter has a few days of painting, then goes off it for a few weeks, then paints again, so it would cost a fortune if they didn't keep well, but luckily they do.

      ALL IN ALL

      These paints are a very cheap item to buy to keep your children entertained. You can get every colour for £11, which is ideal, or cheaper if you catch ELC on an Arts and Crafts even, which they hold really regularly. The paints are the right consistency, easy to use and easy to clean. The only problem with them is that the lid for the bottle is quite a squishy plastic which just pops up and is easy for a toddler to open. The paints aren't toxic, but of course you wouldn't want them drinking it, or squirting it all over your floor, even if it is easy to clean up! So you have got to store them out of reach of children, which I'm sure any parent would do with an item like this anyway.

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        30.05.2012 09:06
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        Water based ready mixed paint.

        The paints can be purchased from The Early Learning Centre from online or in-store. There is about 9 different coloured ready mixed paint to choose from, each just £1.00 each for a 284L squeezy bottle. You can purchase all the main colours such as Blue, Red, Green, Black, White, Yellow, Orange, and Pink & Purple. The paint comes in a clear bottle which is quite flexible to enable you to squeeze the paint out. The lid is made from strong black plastic and this simply flips open to reveal a small hole in which the paint comes out of. I also purchased the paint palette to go with the paints, so I could pour the different colours into the palette which made it easier for my nephew to use the paints. I flipped back the lid of one bottle of paint and tipped it upside down over one of the palette sections. The paint ran out of the bottle really easily, and there wasn't really a need to squeeze the bottle as the bottles are very full when you first purchase them. The lid closes easily, simply by flipping it back and pushing it firmly on to ensure the paint won't leak. The paint is water-based which means it washes off and won't ruin clothes, how-ever I do recommend buying your child an apron which is what I did with my nephew as he got a little messy when using the paints. The paints are recommended for children 3 years and over. On their website it states that the paint is specially formulated to provide excellent colour and coverage.

        I gave my nephew some coloured sugar paper and he dipped his brush into the paint and started painting pictures. The paint was quite runny and did drip a little onto the newspaper which had been laid down to protect the surface underneath, just in case. He mixed some of the colours up on the paper and loved creating different colours and pictures using the paints. Depending on how thick the paint is on the paper, depends on how long it will take the dry. My nephew likes to plaster a fair amount of paint onto the paper sometimes and we have to leave it over-night to fully dry. Even though my nephew did have an apron on, he managed to get paint on his hands which is expected and also a little on his denim trousers. As the paint is water-based it washed off his hands easily and also washed out of his jeans as well.

        I think the paints are really good value and it entertains my nephew for hours, whilst I paint different pictures with him. As you get a lot of paints in the bottles, they are also quite long lasting as well. Sometimes the paint may dry a little around the lid; how-ever this can be wiped off to avoid the hole in which the paint comes out of getting blocked. Although the paint is mixed, I always give the bottles a good shake before pouring some out into the paint palette. I give the paint 5 out of 5 stars for good quality and fantastic value.


        (review may also appear on ciao)

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        19.06.2011 23:15
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        Kids + paint = messy fun

        When I was starting to build up a box of craft supplies for my boys, I knew I wanted to have paint in the collection. There were some great roller pens that were like a roll on deoderant bottle with paint inside, but overall, I decided that I wanted something that would be pretty versatile so I chose to buy pots of the ready mix. These are great value.

        They come in a plastic bottle with a flip top lid, and they must be one of the only products around not to have shrunk during the credit crunch. My original bottles were slightly squatter and a rounder shape, and contained only 250ml of ready mixed paints. The bottles I bought last summer are the same design as the bottle in the picture above, and are now 284 ml. The price is still the same - a fantastic £1 per bottle. This is great, as you are able to buy a few colours in the range without breaking the bank. I bought a few basic colours at first and then have extended it more recently.

        I have had some of these bottles on the go for a few years. A little bit can go a long way in a craft session. The paint has not gone off when it has been stored for this length of time. I make sure I clean the nozzle in the lid after every use. If I don't then the paint can become dried around the lid and flake off onto the palette when I next use them.

        The colours I have are: red, blue, orange, white, black, green and purple.

        You can also buy pink and yellow, which I haven't bothered with till now, but may extend what we own when I replace ones that are running low.

        There is also a newer metallic range of paints which are in a similar style bottle and also bargainous at £1.75 each. Although it is a slightly smaller bottle at 175mls, these would be great for taking on a craft project like building a robot, making a crown, making pirates treasure, making swords and shields. These are available in gold, silver, pink, red, blue and green.

        Using this paint is pretty easy for a child. I always squirt some into either an empty yoghurt pot, or sometimes the lid of an old margarine tub. We also have a palette, but this is a pain to wash out after use. The paint is fairly runny in its consistency, but not enough so that it drips off the brush before you get it to the paper unless you really overload it.

        The paint is not that good at coverage so it is definitely more suited to young children rather than those who are older and wanting good control of the colours.

        There is a warning on the back of the bottle that the paint may stain. I have not really found this, but I do make sure my kids wear an apron when they use it, which is then chucked in the washing machine when they are done. Any grubby hands are then dealt with quickly with a bit of squirty soap and a quick wash. Tidy up time is not too hard.

        My kids seem to plaster this on, so it takes a little while (about half an hour) for the creations to dry.

        This paint is really good on paper. It will not stick to plastic though, which we only recently found out when we tackled a specific project. I have seen similar paint mixed with PVA glue to do this before but have not tried it myself.

        Overall, a great buy, and one my children have been able to use with supervision from being very small, and they love it.

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          10.04.2011 00:21
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          Recommended.

          I have a big box of arts and crafts material for my children to play with - most of which I do tend to get from the Early Learning Centre because its all child friendly and its reasonably priced. I have several bottles of ELC Bits & Basics Ready Mix Paint in the Arts and Crafts box - each of which cost me just £1 from my local High Street ELC Centre.

          The paint comes in plastic squeezy bottles which contain 284 mls of paint. As the bottle is made of plastic, it is child friendly in as much as their is no glass involved and so from a safety perspective that is a good thing. It is also easily washable on the outside and the bottles can be recycled once emptied. Each of the bottles are transparent and therefore I am able to keep an eye on the paint level so that I can replace it before it fully runs out. The bottles are squeezable and so to get the paint out of the bottle is easy because it simply involves taking the lid off and squeezing it into a dish (although it can get a bit mucky around the lid - and so its great that the bottle can be stuck under the tap).

          There are a who range of colours - most of which I tend to have. Although I don't find the colours to be particularly imaginative, the range does cover all of the basic primary and secondary colours - including red, yellow, blue, black, white, green, orange, purple and pink. Because bottles only cost £1 each, you can get a wide range of colours for a relatively small price - for example, I have bought all of the above colours for £9. Bargain!

          The paint itself is of a good consistency - its runny in as much as it comes out of the bottle easily, but it coats a young child's paintbrush without running off. It does tend to take quite a long time to dry because of its thick consistency - but kids don't seem to care about this.....they just put the picture aside and then move onto the next one. This paint is great for kiddies arts and crafts, but older children would probably want something a little more sophisticated.

          The paint is washable - and I have managed to get all of the paint out of my kids clothes when they've covered themselves in it. It also comes off of hands and faces with little difficult (once I've caught them and forced them to wash, that is!). I've not had to wash it out of carpets or furniture yet as I always make sure they do it on the kitchen table where we have wooden floors - and so I can't really comment on how easily it comes out of furniture / carpet fabrics. Its also non-toxic and so the odd little bit in the mouth isn't going to do them much harm (why do kids always want to eat paint??!).

          Overall, this is a good quality paint range for little kids - and I recommend it.

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          20.10.2010 19:22
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          Great, and economical, kid's paint product

          Early Learning Centre is a toy shop chain I don't often buy anything at - although I must admit that we do quite often go in to 'use the facilities' - and let my five year old daughter have a play on the various floor displays to see what type of toy she's interested in next. (And then I go and buy the generally lower priced, but often quite similar item she likes from 'Argos' instead).

          Having said that I don't often buy anything at ELC this mainly applies to large purchases, as I'm not so completely brazen as to go in and out of the shop having spent up to half an hour loitering there without buying anything AT ALL. So we often pick up some smaller item, like one of those 'Schleich' animal figures or something from the pocket money range - or art and craft materials, such as the ELC Bits and Basics Ready Mixed Paint.

          It comes in narrow plastic squeezy bottles each containing approx. 300ml (so a little under a can of coke by volume) and is available in a range of bright primary colours: royal blue, green, yellow, red, black and white. It's smooth, thickish 'poster' type paint - water-based of course and I find it can be cleaned off kitchen surfaces etc. quite successfully if you get to the paint-slicks early on (unlike some pigments, it doesn't tend to leave a colour stain behind even on white eg. vinyl surfaces). If your sprog tends to forget to wash the paintbrushes afterwards, I find that even dried hard on, if you leave the brush to soak for a while in water this paint will eventually come off (leaving the brush with substantially fewer bristles in most cases, but still certainly in usable condition).

          As for painting with it, the paint goes onto the page smoothly, also mixes with water to a good watercolour-like consistency, and can be colour-mixed with other paint from the range to make new colours (inevitably some shade of sludge brown, by the end of the painting session) very successfully. It hasn't much smell - which is a definite advantage, and dries / holds its colour nicely. It's great fun for kids.

          I paid just 80p per bottle for this (it had maybe 50p off in a sale) - which is excellent value. This is a good, and economical kid's paint product.

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          17.08.2010 23:16
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          EXCELLENT

          Hi i was looking to buy my daughter paints after her nursery teacher told me my daughter was always first to the craft area and how they struggled to get her away from the paints so other children could use them.

          The nursery said the early learning centre sells a fantastic range of craft items. I knew that anyway as i am a big fan of the shop.

          I bought 6 big bottles of paints for her and they only cost £1.00 each. They come in lots of colours e.g red, bright pink, orange, purple, blue and so on.

          The bottle is tall and thin. Contains 284 ml of ready mixed paint. Has a age suggestion of 3-10 years but i feel kids younger could easily use it if supervised.

          The paint bottle has a cap lid that is secure but also easy to open and will not leek. The paint is a good slightly thick liquid. It does not run,dribble or splat. Very easy to use and spreads well on normal paper, card, cardboard and my daughter also uses it to paint stones that she finds in the garden. She is very creative.

          I bought a selection of paint brushes to use with the paint also from the early learning centre. I got thin brushes for more detailed painting, thick brushes for larger pictures and would be good for young children as they are easy to grip. They brushes were only £1.00 each and can be bought in multi packs.

          I have to say if these paints come into contact with with fabric they do not wash out. Make sure your kid wears old clothes, painting apron or send them out side to paint if its a nice day as i would not like to end up with this paint on my carpet. Washes of skin well with warm water and soap. The brushes wash up well with warm water and soap.

          I think these paints are excellent and encourage kids to be creative and builds on there self esteem. The best thing about the paints apart from the price is to see my daughter showing her paintings and talking about the pictures.

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            31.07.2010 13:36
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            Since starting playgroup, my daughter has become really really keen on creative (or as I like to call it messy play!!!) play and the craft table is the first thing that she tends to go for as soon as we walk through the door!

            Paint wasn't something that I had really considered buying my daughter at such a young age but after seeing how much she loved painting I just had to go and buy some. I decided to go to the Early Learning Centre as that was the paint they used in the nursery where i used to work.

            The main thing I like about this paint is that it is ready mixed so there's no fussing with water required and you can just get straight into the painting without keeping your child waiting. The paint comes in a tall thin bottle which is squeezable so you simply squeeze the paint out as you would a shampoo bottle and it comes out very easily. I bought the paint palette when I bought the paints so I could have it all in one place rather than several odd pots and also the paints can go in the corresponding colour on the palette which I think is a really fab idea! The paint itself is quite a thick consistency so it isn't runny and not so thin that it splashes everywhere, but not too thick that the child can't paint easily with it.

            There is a range of colours available, from the standard primary colours to wacky colours too:

            Red, Orange, Blue, Green, Black, White, Pink (very funky), Yellow, and Purple along with some new metallic colours of blue, silver, turquoise and purple.

            While the paint is water based and washes easily with soap and water from the skin, it doesn't come off clothes! I made the mistake of presuming that it would wash off so the first time I let my daughter loose with the paints I didn't put an apron on her - big mistake, her jeans are now ruined!!! When painting now, I always make sure the carpet is covered (I use a childs plastic tablecloth!) as I would hate for it to stain my carpets, and make sure my daughter is well covered!!

            The bottles themselves are see through so it is really easy to see when the paint is running out. So far we haven't got near the bottom of the bottles so I haven't had to get the dregs of the paint out, i'll tackle that one when we get there but I imagine it will be like trying to get the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle!!

            The paints are just a pound a bottle which I think is a really cheap price as there is a lot of paint in the bottle - ours has lasted well over 6 months and we are nowhere near running out yet. The brushes sold at ELC are £4.00 for a pack of four but I am sure you can buy them seperately too.

            I would really recommend these paints as they are long lasting, great consistency, good colours and provide hours of fun! My daughter absolutely loves it when I get the paints out and has created many pictures for me - my kitchen wall is going to be covered before long!!!

            Five out of five!

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              25.06.2010 23:53
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              Great paints

              This review is in stark contrast to yesterday's all about a non messy art activity for toddlers. This time round it is as messy as you can get, and you know what.. they absolutely love it! As have stated before, both my girls love arty activities and ask me if they can paint on an almost daily basis. Some days, we are just a bit limited for time and on others I just can not face the mess so I try and steer them towards less messy alternatives such as colouring and cutting.

              I do try however when we have plenty of time, to get the paints out and allow them to get creative and get as messy as they please. They have paint blocks which they do enjoy but what they enjoy the most is the proper stuff... liquid paint in vibrant colours. I have always used ELC for my kid's arty products and this was also the case when it came to painting bits and pieces.

              On one visit to my nearest store I decided to stock up on several bottles of this ready mix paint. It comes in a 284ml bottle, and each one costs a reasonable £1. It comes in a vast number of different colours from black to shocking pink and the best thing I think, is that each colour is extremely bold, bright and vivid... exactly what the little ones want.

              The paint can easily be dispensed into a paint pot and there is a lid to push in to reseal and prevent spillages. My elder daughter who is 4, can handle these paints with relative ease and help herself to the colours she wants.

              My girls have so much fun with these, it is almost impossible to think of any negatives but the only one I do have, is that if you don't get any paint of clothes straight away, then you can be left with some staining. I keep a constant supply of these in my cupboard and although I sometimes to feel an internal groan when they ask for them, I love the fact thay they give them so much fun and get their creative juices flowing.

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                24.06.2010 10:10
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                Cover up your child and get painting with ELC!

                Before I had my son I used to work as a nursery nurse and it was through this that I became a firm believer that craft is a wonderful activity for children of all ages to participate in.

                My son was probably around six months old when I let him loose with paint for the first time. I stripped him to his nappy, gave him a brush and covered the dining room floor with paper and let him go. The photos from that day are amazing! My son is totally covered in paint but importantly is also smiling happily!

                I have always used ELC ready mixed paints. I like the fact that you don't need to fuss around mixing up paints in pots meaning that you can do an activity quite quickly. You can buy them either from the ELC stores or online. I pick them up in store as I find that the £4.95 delivery charge on the website for orders under £100 is very steep. You can buy the paint in 284ml for £1.00 or the bumper pack in 568ml for £2.00. I tend to buy the smaller tubs as they do last a long time and are easier to store.

                The paint is available in lots of colours. You can buy your traditional colours such as red, blue, green, orange, black, yellow, white and purple. More recently I have noticed that you can also buy brighter shades such as a funky pink!

                The paint comes in a long squeezy bottle. You squeeze the bottle in the same way as you would squeeze a washing up bottle to get the paint to come out. You can either use an old plate or dish to pour the paint in or you can purchase actual little paint pots. I purchased a paint palette from ELC for around £5 and this gives me the opportunity to put various colours out at the same time as well as a little pot of water to wash the brush when changing colours.

                The paint is a really good consistency. You don't need much at all for your child to paint a nice picture and it will not run all over the place!

                The paint is water based and will wash off your hands easily with soap and water however I would recommend that you do cover your child's clothes with an apron or make sure the clothes they are wearing are old as whilst I have found that the paint does seem to wash off clothes it does give a warning that it might stain. If it does stain I would recommend soaking or using something like a vanish stain remover. I would definitely recommend that you cover the area where you are painting as much as possible before using these paints as well just to avoid any possible staining.

                In summary I would really recommend these paints. I think we have around 8 tubes of the paint in my son's craft cupboard but at £1.00 per tube it really is good value for hours of fun and pictures to cherish as your little ones grow up.

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