“ Brand: ELC / Type: Craft Supplies „
Our local Early Learning Centre is in Mothercare and doesn't have a lot of room which always puts me off so I don't normally pay much attention however at the end of the summer I was stood in the queue in mothercare and noticed they had placed a stand of reduced ELC items at the til one of which was this set of paints which I got for £1.50 instead of £3. I don't quite understand why they were reduced as they still sell the same ones now but i'm not complaining.
The palette is made of bright red plastic and has 6 circular spaces where the paint blocks sit, the surrounds are slightly raised from the palette which allows your little one to leave the brush on the paint (toilet trip etc) without it rolling off. There is a cut out in the centre of the palette which is where the brush sits, the brush is ok quality but we did find that some of the bristels would come off in our daughters paintings not that she noticed so it wasn't really an issue but i have certainly had better quality brushes. The colours included are black, white, red, yellow, green and blue and each one is probably around 2 inches in diameter so you get quite a lot of paint for your money.
The paints are meant for ages 3 and up but I have let my younger daughter (15 months) have a little go and I certainly wouldn't wait until she was 3 to allow her to paint as I think creative play is very good for children and my eldest daughter enjoyed it from a young age.
The paints can become too watery and drip if like my daughter your child likes to wash their brush between every stroke although she is growing out of this a little but I solve the problem by occassionally going and drying each paint up a bit with some tissue.
The main isssue with these paints is they stain, I must say I was quite surprised at a company like ELC selling paints that stain but it wouldn't wash off my daughters apron or her table. The table is for her creative time so it wasn't a major issue but I would not buy these paints again simply for this reason as I don't like the chance she could manage to get it on the carpet or furniture. The paints are bright and you get plenty for your money, the palette is sturdy and hasn't got any damage to it and they have been in use for a few months now so they are well worth the money just make sure everything is well covered before letting your child loose.
Palette contains six bright colours and a paint brush.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: 2 - 6 years.