Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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ELC chubby paintbrush
ELC Chubby Paintbrush
Member Name: louisechackett
ELC Chubby Paintbrush
Advantages: inexpensive, last well
Disadvantages: thick so not as suitable for older painters wanting more detail
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!
Summary: A great brush for young painters
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