“ Brand: ELC / Type: Paint Brush „
This chubby paintbrush from ELC is an essential piece of equipment for any artwork.
The brush comes in a variety of colours but we have red as shown in the picture.
The children find this brush really easy to hold and control because of the chubby handle. It is a great size for their small hands.
It's 33cm long which I think is a good length as it means there hands are quite far away from the paper, they still manage to get messy though.
The bristles of the brush are packed in tightly and we have had none (or barely any) that have come out. Sometimes the children are very rough with the brushes but they are still in good condition.
They are easy to wash but some paint leaves the bristles a little discoloured. This is the paint though, not the brush. It is also harder to wash if the paint has dried, so however tempting it is to leave it until later, we try and wash straight away.
The children love the fact the brush is chubby as the bigger the brush, the more paint they can get on it, the bigger mess they can make. Whilst the adults love the size because the bigger the brush the quicker the paper is filled giving time for more children to do a painting. The brush is soft and glides across the paper with ease.
This brush is £1.20 on Early Learning Centre which I think is a great price, we have loads.
It is recommended for children over three but I have used it with any aged children. I have one myself which I use when thinking up craft ideas and I have used mine with a 1 year old (with a lot of supervision). I never leave a child alone when painting as I don't want to return to a big mess.
A item which is useful for anyone.
For my daughters second birthday last November her uncle bought her a load of crafty items from Early Learning Centre since he knows how much she loves anything arty. One of things he purchased was this chubby paint brush.
The paint brush is available to purchase from either Early Learning Centre or Mothercare in store or online or alternatively can be bought from Amazon. The brush costs just £1.50 and there are usually codes kicking around for 20% off too.
The brush to look at looks like any other paint brush pretty much, it has long bristles that are connected to the handle of the brush by a metal material. There are a few different coloured handles available to buy, we have it in blue.
The bristles of the brush are quite long and thick and there are a lot of them. As the whole brush in general is quite chubby, there are a large number of bristles so you don't have a fat handle with next to no bristles. As there are a lot of bristles, with cheaper paint brushes you know that these bristles will end up falling out but that isn't the case with this brush from ELC. The bristles are secured in place really well and I don't think I've encountered any falling out when my daughter is using it.
The chunky handle makes it easy for younger children to hold the brush without any problems. Although it's recommended age is three years plus, my daughter hasn't had any problems using it from her second birthday. The whole chubby appearance of the brush means that she can make her mark on paper with no problems as the large amount of bristles cover the paper well. This might be a little bit of a problem for older children that are painting something specific as the thickness means that the lines are thick too.
We've had the brush for almost a year now and it's still in a great condition. I wash this is warm water and leave it to dry on the washing up rack and it cleans it well. The paint doesn't totally come off the bristles so it doesn't look brand new for long, they normally stain from the paint but that doesn't affect the ability to reuse the brush over and over again.
I'd definitely recommend this paint brush from Early Learning Centre. The price is a little expensive compared to others but the quality is fantastic and it really is a long lasting paint brush.
Even from my son being a young age I was keen for him to get stuck in to art and crafts activities. I actually have a picture of him possibly around the age of two sat in a nappy and nothing else and covered in paint as I had just let him go wild and covered the floor with paper and allowed him freedom to paint. I think creativity is a great way for children to express themselves and to develop and so I always like to have a well stocked cupboard full of crafty items. One item that we have had for a few years now is the ELC chubby paint brush and this is my review of that.
The chubby paintbrush is available from the early learning centre for the price of £1.50 per brush. What you get is basically a paintbrush with thick and plentiful bristles which is sealed with a silver metal clasp around it which also attaches to a chunky wooden handle which makes it easy for a child to hold. The wooden handle does come in various colours and we bought ours in store and so we have a red, a blue and an orange coloured brush. The description of this brush makes it sound as though it could be for any brush but I have to say we have tried lots of different paint brushes over the years and the chubby paintbrush is the one which has been used the most.
What is great about this brush is the fact that the bristles are quite long and thick yet they really do stay in place in the brush and so you aren't being left with loose bristles on your pictures as you paint. Whilst you would think this would come as standard there are many children's paint brushes out there which fall apart after just a few uses and are then rendered useless but that is not the case with this one.
The thick wooden handle is a good size and I would say children aged three years plus would have no problems in using this one as their hand eye coordination and physical motor skills would be refined enough by then. For younger children I still think they can use this brush but obviously they aren't going to have the same kind of control as an older child would have.
I think these brushes are particularly useful for a child looking to either cover a large area or one who is not yet quite ready to do detailed intricate paintings because the brush head is pretty large and you are never going to be able to use these brushes for fine detail. My son does like to use these ones when he needs to cover quite a large area with paint though as it is obviously covered quicker with the thick brush head.
These brushes wash well using hot soapy water and whilst the bristles do stain a little from using some colours it doesn't make the brush any less useful. I tend to just wash them in the washing up bowl and then leave them to dry on the drainer and then pop them back in the art cupboard for the next time that we use them.
I would totally recommend these paintbrushes for children aged around two onwards as I think they are really made to last and they are perfectly functional as well. At just £1.50 you can buy a few for the different coloured paints should you wish to as they will last and won't break the bank.
Thank you for reading my review!
Twenty-one month old Freddy and I love our art time and have a vast collection of different materials and accessories. When we first started painting we used finger paints and sponges, but I recently decided it was time to add a little more variety and start using paintbrushes. Most paintbrushes aren't really suitable for young children, they're generally too thin or the heads are too small or they're simply too prone to shedding bristles and falling to bits. This is where the Early Learning Centre Chubby Paintbrush comes into it's own as although it's billed as being suitable for children over the age of three, in my experience it can be used by children far younger than that.
As you would imagine from it's name this brush is quite chunky, with a diameter of approximately 1.5cm at the bristle end tapering down to just over 1cm at the tip of the handle. The brush is also a good length, being 20cm from top to tail. While the handle is made of wood, the bristles are synthetic and the splash guard separating (and securing) the bristles from the handle is metal. What I especially like about this brush is that this metal section is far longer than with most brushes, meaning that paint has further to drip before it reaches Freddy's fingers. The bristles themselves are a good 4cm in length and when the brush is new they are tightly packed to form a rounded end. The brush is available in various colours including red and blue, but the one we are currently using is green, with a glossy, varnished surface that is completely free from splinters.
Although Freddy is pretty clued up with what paint is and uses crayons and chalks regularly, he was a little nonplussed when it came to this paintbrush. But after I showed him what to do he was starting to create masterpieces within moments. Although the brush is a really good diameter for him to grasp, it is a little long for him meaning that he holds it nearer the bristles than I would like and gets quite a lot of paint on his hands. The bristles pick up a good amount of paint (we use ELC Ready Mixed) and transfers it easily to the paper. Although the brush is not particularly good for fine detail, Freddy is able to create a number of different effects including dabbing and stippling as well as standard strokes. I would say that as far as Freddy goes, this brush has been a huge success, so much so that I've placed an order for three more.
As well as using this brush for paint we have also used it for gluing as it is much easier for a toddler than using a glue stick. Again it holds a decent amount of glue and easily spreads it over large areas for glittering or collages. An important aspect of a paintbrush is how easy to wash out and I can confirm that this comes up clean with just a little soapy water. But I will say that it does hold a lot of paint and a quick swirl in a water jar is not enough to wash all the colour out. Darker colours of paint will also stain the bristles but this doesn't interfere with performance. Another important consideration is whether the bristles fall out and ruin the masterpiece and again this brush performs very well, only shedding a couple of bristles on the first use. What does tend to happen though is after continuous use the bristles will splay out, especially if the child is a little heavy handed.
Believe it or not the design of this brush hasn't changed in the twenty years since I bought some for my eldest child. Those brushes were used for over five years and although the varnish did start to flake towards the end they barely lost any bristles and were perfectly usable. These brushes were particularly appreciated by one of my older children who is tactile defensive and couldn't cope with getting paint on his hands. The length of the brush meant he could hold it by the very end and not worry about the paint dripping onto him. While my older children were using these brushes up to the age of eight or so, they were only using them when they wanted to cover large areas in the same colour or glue junk models after the age of five or so.
I'm sure I don't need to tell what an important part of a child's development painting is, from helping them improve their hand-eye coordination, to colour recognition to expressing themselves and this brush is the best I've found for young children and toddlers. It's extremely well made, durable and designed for little hands. It's also reasonably priced at £1.50 and even better it is often on special offer at 20% or even 50% off. So after a little chat (and painting session) Freddy and I before agree the Early Learning Centre Chubby Brushes deserve a hearty five out of five and a place in any buddy artist's art box.
*Since writing this review I've discovered the Chubby Paint Brush comes in two lengths, the one I've reviewed and another twice as long that is much harder for Freddy to use accurately and more suited to painting at an easel.