Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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Painting without a paintbrush
ELC Easy Painter
Member Name: Nik-Nac
ELC Easy Painter
Advantages: Mess free and easy. Very affordable.
Disadvantages: Colours not very vibrant.
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.
Summary: Good for fuss free painting, but traditional paints win out.