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One of the presents we got my two and a half year old son for Christmas this year was the Early Learning Art Centre - which is basically an easel with a number of different functions. One of which is the ability to clip paper to it for painting. Therefore, to go with it I bought a variety of different art accessories, which included some paint. I opted for ready mix paint for the convenience of it and bought from the Early Learning Centre as it was simple to just add it to my order with the art centre. I chose a variety of colours, one of which being yellow.
The paint costs just £1 for 284ml, which I thought was a bit of a bargain - especially as I had a 20% off voucher so it actually cost me just 80p. It comes in a rounded clear plastic squeezy bottle, with a basic label on the front and a black flick cap on the top of the bottle. The cap needs to be removed on first opening and a foil seal peeled off. It can then be replaced and the paint is squeezed easily through the small hole in the black cap. The bottle is easily compressed to remove the paint easily and in a controllable stream. To paint, you can use it straight from the bottle - I simply squeeze into paint pots - and therefore you can be ready to paint in seconds rather than it taking ages to set up (much more practical for young children!).
The yellow colour is bright and deep - it is a golden sunshine yellow rather than a pale colour and this transfers nicely onto white paper to stand out well. It is thick enough in consistency to not run everywhere off the brush and not drip but not so thick that it doesn't spread easily. The brush is also easily coated with the paint so that, after dipping once, it can be used to cover a fair amount of paper rather than having to be constantly dipped. Once on the paper, the paint spreads evenly to give a good colour and dries fairly quickly too. On white paper, it gives a thick, bright colour but we have found on coloured paper it takes a couple of coats to achieve this effect. The paint is water based and is easily wiped off surfaces if it accidently gets on them - my son has accidently painted his easel every time he has used it so far but the paint has wiped off very easily. It has also washed off his clothes easily without staining and ruining them and wipes off hands easily too.
We have also used the yellow paint to mix with other base colours (e.g. blue to make green and red to make orange) and it does this job nicely and easily too (you don't need to be specific with amounts or anything). We have painted pretty much every day recently and used very little of this paint - I find a little does go a long way and certainly meets a toddler's concentration span well (my son will usually paint 4-5 pictures before moving on to the next thing).
For me, this paint is fantastic value for money. It is good quality, quick and easy to use and a lovely vibrant yellow colour. Being water based, it is great for use by toddlers and I thoroughly recommend it to you. It is recommended for use by children aged three years plus but, as painting is a fully supervised activity in our house, I have absolutely no qualms with letting younger children use it.
Supplied in a 284ml squeezy bottle, this ready-mixed paint is the perfect consistency for your child to create their masterpieces and essential for painting suns or daffodils. The paint squirts into a paint pot with minimal pressure, holds well on a brush, transfers easily paper, is kept fresh by the lid and washes easily out of brushes and clothes and off of hands. Not the most heavily pigmented of paints, it does cover white paper well, but struggles when it comes to darker surfaces and sometimes needs a second or thicker coat. The paint mixes well with water to create a wash or can be mixed with PVA glue to create a relief effect. It can be difficult to access the last dregs but once the bottle is almost empty it can be cut down to make a paint pot. Highly recommended for all art and craft boxes.
Water based ready mix paint.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: From 3 years.