“ Brand: ELC / Type: Crafts Supplies „
My kids from a young age have enjoyed art and craft activities. I like to think i am quite easy with it, but actually, my toddlers can make a lot of mess, and some craft supplies that are not meant to stain clothing do. I tend to get quite stressed about mess and spoiled clothes, so it is more enjoyable for everyone concerned if the boys wear a craft apron and the mess can then be contained a bit more.
I always make the kids sit at the dining table to do craft, so an apron such as this one is ideal. It goes on a bit like a hairdressers apron. The child puts their arms into the sleeves, then the apron has a solid front and it fastens securely with velcro at the back, so it is virtually impossible to then get paint or glue on their top.
The apron is made from a plastic pvc type material, which is quite soft and mouldable round the childs body so it is comfortable for them to wear. At the bottom of the sleeves is a material cuff, which is a great thought as it helps the apron fit a bit better when they are at the lower end of the age scale, and as they work, it also stops paint running off their hand or brush and down the sleeve.
Although this apron has been used many times, it is still looking like new. Every time we paint, i take both boys aprons and put them on a quick cool wash in the washing machine, and this washes off all the paint and leaves them fresh for the next session. It dries really quickly as the only part that needs drying is the cuffs, whereas the PVC is instantly dry.
This apron appears to not be available in this design anymore, but now the boys blue design shows robots. It is however, still the same basic apron, available in a smaller and larger size, for £5. We have one of the smaller and one of the larger aprons, and the small one is just getting a bit too small for my 3 year old, and the large one fits my 4 year old well.
In my opinion, by having these aprons, i feel more able to relax while my children are being creative. I know they can't cause much harm because there is no way the waterproof material will allow the paint onto their clothes. It means i tolerate the activity for longer until the mess gets too much, and the kids get to do an activity they really love without mummy trying to catch the drips all the time. An absolute essential piece of kit if you plan on letting your little one loose with a paint brush.
I've been having a vig clear out of my daughters room and her toyboxes in preperation for Christmas and all the new toys that she'll be getting, and one of the ites I unearthed in her craft box was this lovely apron from ELC.
My daughter has always loved anything to do with crafts - painting, glueing, glitter - which means that while my house is filled with her artworks, her clothes were always at risk of getting ruined, which was why we purchased this apron.
I remembewr as a child painting in school, and having to wear aprons that were, essentially, a backwards shirt - and this is pretty much the case with this - long elasticated sleeves, a shirt front that hangs down below the waist, a high necklnie that fastens with velco, all covered with a pretty aqua blue colour, and some very cute transfer images of snails .
The apron comes in two sizes, my daughter's is the 4/5 , which she has now sadly outgrown, there is also a smaller size that fits from 2 years . When she was smaller, my daughter could wear this very comfortable, and it did an admirable job of keeping her clean - I foundthe elasticated cuffs on the sleevs particularly useful, as they held firmly in place keeping her jumper sleeves tucked away and clean .
The apron can be simple wiped clean after use, or washed down with hot soapy water. It is not machine washable, but I don't think that is too much of an issue - after all, I don't mind if the apron stains, so long as her clothes don't.
Sadly, at seven years old, she is a little too big for these aprons (which are generously sized) but the apron itself remains in usable condition, so has been passed on to the nursery at her school .
Sadly, it appears that this particular design (which cost £5) is no longer available in ELC shops, however they do still sell similar aprons with different images - robots on blue aprons, and flowers on pink . If you have a child that likes painting, then I would certainly recommend one of these to protect their clothes .
Since Harry has been at his creche 2 mornings a week, he has developed a real love of painting and all things messy. Unfortunately for me, that means he also wants to do these activities at home even though we aren't quite set up for like his creche is! With my mum's birthday around the corner, Harry told me he wanted to paint Nanny a birthday card, so we set off the Early Learning Centre to get some supplies, and I realised I didn't have anything to cover him up with. Luckily, there was a 20% off event and when I spotted one of these children's aprons, I decided it was worth the money and popped one in my basket.
The Early Learning Centre is the one stop shop for things for children, from toys to dressing up to craft supplies. Harry loves going to our local store mainly because he can play with all the toys they have out, but also they do a wide variety of things for him to get me to buy! This apron is called a "Bug Apron" because of the design on it, but there is a pink one for girls as well. ELC sell 2 types of apron, this particular long-sleeved one and a tabard type one which I would guess is aimed at older children with more control over their paintbrushes!
The apron is available in 2 sizes, small (2-3 years) and large (4-5 years). I was a bit dubious about the size to choose for Harry because they were all sealed in the packet and Harry always wears 3-4 or 4-5 sized tops, but in the end I went for the smaller one, thinking I could change it if needs be. When I got it home, I tried it on him and I was pleased that it was a very good fit. It was nice and long at the front which protected not his t-shirt, but the top of his trousers too, especially when he was sitting down at the table. The long sleeves with elasticated cuffs keep splashes off his arms, and the cuffs ensure they don't roll up too easily. It fastens with a velcro strap at the back of the neck, and I need to pull this right across for it to be tight enough around his neck so as not to gape too much.
The apron is made of a good quality plastic, which moves freely with your child, yet will prevent their clothes getting ruined with paints etc. The design is a type of transfer which isn't showing any wear yet, although Harry isn't at all interested in the design because he's just proud of wearing his apron! Harry can now get as messy as he likes without me worrying because at the end of a craft session, I just either wipe it down with a sponge and leave it to air dry or you can hand wash it in warm water. It's not suitable for a washing machine, but because of the nature of the plastic, you don't need to clean it too hard for the stains to come off.
If your child is into their art and craft like Harry is, then this is definitely an item I would suggest you invest in! For the money I paid, it's great value because Harry uses it for all sorts from painting to gardening to cooking cakes with Mummy too! It's a great fit, one which I imagine is going to fit him for a long while yet, and it keeps all his lovely clothes neat and stain-free as well. It's a great product, children will be proud to wear their apron and best of all, it makes parents lives easier! Brilliant!
I paid £4 for my apron in the ELC 20% off 'Art & Craft' event, but it's usual retail price is £5, which I think is vey reasonable. It is available in-store, and also on the ELC website, www.elc.co.uk.
Product Number: 119477
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A colourful apron to keep you free of splodges and spills. Apron length is approx. 53cm. For ages 2-3 years.