4 standard coloured sponge tipped bottles
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The Early Learning Centre is known for quality products , so when I was in there shopping for my niece's birthday recently I picked up a packet of these Easy Painters for work. At just £4 for 5 colours, these were very affordable, and I figured it would be a good investment. The age range is 3 years and over. The children that I work with are 5-12 years old, so I did worry that these would be too young, but we were in desperate need of something that the children can use later in the day after the playroom had been tidied and it's too late to bring out the paint, palettes and paintbrushes. The bottles are chunky (I guess so small hands can grip them easily) and have a sponge applicator. In order to get the paint from the bottle children just have to squeeze the bottle gently. The'paint' is a little bit runny (especially if your child squeezes the bottle a little too hard) and the colours are not as vibrant as I expected. These are best used on white card or paper, as I don't think they'd show up too well on coloured paper. The painters reminded me a little bit of bingo markers (and to be honest, they'd probably be just as good!) However they do the job, and the children were pretty excited about having a new way to paint. Just make sure your child/children screw the caps on properly or they'll dry out pretty quickly. I do feel that these are a little more restrictive than traditional paint and a paintbrush, and children tend to just want to dab circles with them, rather than painting a picture. But that's fine, if that's what the kids want to do. We still get the children to wear aprons when using these, just in case they get any on their school clothes, so I can't say how they wash out of clothes, but I wouldn't imagine that would be a problem. As long as children aren't too heavy handed with these they shouldn't drip anyway. All in all, these are pretty nifty. The vibrancy of the paints is disappointing, but they are a good substitute if it's one of those days where you just don't want to be clearing away a messy paint activity.
I came across these Easy Painters when I was in the Early learning Centre with my daughter the other day though they are not the same colour as they are in the picture. they now have a white body instead of a body the same colour as the paint. Every mother must dread the moment their child wants to get the paints out. We all know that this is going to be messy and a severe clean up operation is going to be needed for after the event. Have you noticed that paints are always wanted AFTER you have cleaned or is that just me?! Anyway.... So, we were in the Early Learning Centre when I saw a set of chunky pens which looked like little bottles of paint. They were in fact paint which apparently causes no mess. Pah was the first expression to my mind but y daughter had already clocked them and asked if she could have some new paints. At £4.00 for five, it didn't seem bad and she would make a mess with her paints anyway so I thought we may as well see if these paints made mess. My duaghter got all her bits of paper out and then rummaged down the bag to get the easy painters out. She pulled off the lid of one of them and I expected to see a shower of paint come out but there was nothing. On closer inspection I saw that the nib of the "pen" was a spongey material where the paint was to seep out. My daughter pressed the pen to paper and her painting session started. I was surprised that the paint was already mixed for use inside the pens and I didn't have to do anything to them. My daughter was a bit disappointed to see she couldn't mix colours all that well using the easy painters. I must admit, I was amazed by these pens. They painted nicely and were not at all difficult for my daughter to use. The paints didn't smudge nor did they drip or cause any sort of mess. I was shocked and quite relieved! If you do buy these, make sure the lids are screwed on tightly otherwise they go hard and dry out. As much as I have said about paints being messy, I do find that these take the fun out of painting a little bit. I do prefer my daughter to use traditional paints and brushes rather than the pens but these are great if you have just cleaned and your child wants to paint otherwise, I would stick to tradition. The set comes with 5 colours: Yellow, red, blue, green and pink. I do recommend them for those days when traditional painting will just be too messy.
Mrs Picasso must have not had it easy when her little Pablo started painting with such enthusiasm - the cleaning that poor woman must have had to do....! Well, I surely count my lucky stars that I can find products like the bright Easy Painters at the Early Learning Centre. This morning my very own little Pablo unscrewed for the first time the lids of his 4 new bottles of Easy Painters - I wish I could have painted his smile! He played and painted with them for over 30 minutes (he is not 3 yet) and not a stain, smudge or drop of paint in sight, everything went on his canvass! Brilliant! This would not happen with finger paint (for obvious reasons) and with brush paint (too much water involved). These paints are presented in firm plastic bottles and a sponge tips to let the paint out. The mixture is ready to use in the bottle so there is no need for extra water. The child can apply the paint by pressing on the bottle and letting the paint go through the sponge tip. Assuming the bottle is not squeezed too hard, the paint won't leak and therefore no cleaning will be required. They are easy to grab and use. The paint won't dry out if the lids are well screwed back on. The colour choice is not enormous, he has the bright pink, orange, yellow and green. I think there is a choice of 2 boxes with 4 different colours so far. You can also get bigger size bottles individually.