Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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ELC Twirl and Paint
Member Name: hlb2009
ELC Twirl and Paint
Advantages: no batteries
Disadvantages: not fast, very small paints, dull...
My daughter loves getting messy so for her third birthday I bought this twirl and paint because it helps to keep messy play contained in one small space and I thought it looked like fun. I have to admit though that it is very limited and definitely did not hold her attention for long enough and I can see why. It is a disappointment and I do not recommend it which is a shame as I had been expecting to have lots of fun with this.
On the box it shows pictures which look quite effective, very bright in colour and simple to do!
What you get
Inside the box is a plastic stand/turntable, three paints and a packet of paper. The plastic stand has three places for the paints to go to keep them upright and these fit in easily and look quite tidy. The turntable has a little ledge which you can lift off for cleaning purposes and has tiny clips in which you have to put the paper to keep it secure. There is a ring which you position at the top of the turntable which makes the paint less likely to go flying off in all directions when it is spinning around. On the stand is a big button which when you press it the turntable spins quite fast.
What you do
You take a piece of paper from the packet and secure it onto the turntable. This is easy enough for me to do but there is no way that Hope would be able to secure it into place herself. You then take one of the little bottles of paint and get ready to squirt it into the turntable. You press the button which then spins the turntable and squeeze the paint into the turntable. The paint then spreads around the paper as it spins. You can add as many drops of paint as you like and use all of the colours. You have to keep pressing the button to keep it spinning and the more 'sharp' you press it, the faster it turns.
The result is a piece of paper which looks like a lot of colours have been dropped onto it and made a rather messy looking image. The colours tend to blend into one so the majority of pictures are brown and when you take the paper out the paint is so runny it often just drips off the sides and makes quite a bit of mess!
What I wasn't happy with
The above description doesn't really make this product sound all that bad, in fact it may make you wonder why I have only given it one star but this toy has many limitations.
The first thing I don't like is that the paints themselves are tiny. My daughter only made 4 of the pictures and this used up over a third of each bottle (yes she used probably a bit too much paint per picture but she is three and this is what three year olds do) so they are not likely to last very long. I suppose we can use other squirty paints but it does seem a shame that we will need to be replacing them within a couple of days. The paints are also quite hard to squeeze. If you give a gentle squeeze it takes a long time for a drop to eventually come out of the nozzle so instead an eager toddler is likely to use both hands, give it a big squeeze and then it results in a lot of paint squirting out making a big mess which then drips off the paper when you lift it out.
Another thing that I am not pleased about is that the turn table element just does not spin fast enough. You have to be very quick with pressing the button to make it be fast enough to actually move the paint but it still doesn't create a really effective mess of paint, instead it just spreads it out a bit and it doesn't spin for long either so I would keep pressing the button whilst Hope was squirting the paint so it did feel as though I had to be constantly present to help her.
The paper is shiny which I presume is so that the paint moves on it easier as it spins. This is all well and good but it means that when the paint dries it is faded and looks quite dull, which is nothing like what it looks like at first when it's damp as it's bright and very colourful. The paper is also fiddly to get out of the turntable and I did end up with my hands covered in paint and with it all dripping down the sides so do be prepared for this!
My daughter did enjoy playing with it but she was bored after doing 4 which only took a matter of minutes. I think perhaps if there were more colours then it would be more exciting or if the turntable actually spun very quickly then it would create a better effect. My daughter was more interested in watching the colours change as they mixed together as apose to the new shapes that were being created.
This is definitely a limited toy which is a shame as I had something similar when I was younger and remember playing with it for hours. I think it is a good idea but just not right. It is good that it doesn't require batteries and it is simple to set up but what good is that if your child isn't really interested in it anyway? I am very disappointed with this.
I paid £8 for it which I think is expensive when you see how tiny the little bottles of paint are. I am definitely far from impressed by this.
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