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Brilliant but surprisingly messy!
Peppa Pig Complete Art Set
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Peppa Pig Complete Art Set
Advantages: cheap, peppa, 60 pieces
Disadvantages: messy paint
My daughter is 3 and Peppa Pig mad! She was given the "Peppa Pig Complete Art Pack" for Christmas and immediately fell in love with it. What could be better - it combined her love of Peppa with her love of drawing, painting etc! The age range on the product is 3 years+ but I don't see why younger kids couldn't use it if supervised as all kids love to colour etc!
The art pack is widely available at most toy shops, though I haven't seen it in any supermarkets. It is currently priced at £6.99 in Toys R Us which I think is really reasonable - I know that the materials themselves are cheap but the fact that it's Peppa means you can expect to pay more, and the price really isn't too bad!
The pack is actually a blue plastic carry case with a handle. It's not the most robust of things but it does the job. When you take it out of the packaging, you simply fold the pack in half and it clips together with a small popper button. The only flaw really is that quite often you notice something falling out even if it was placed in correctly! On the front of the case is a picture of Peppa and her friends.
The art pack has 60 pieces:
12 Felt tips
12 wax crayons
12 colouring pencils
A small sponge
All of the items have the Peppa Pig logo and/or pictures on. The paintbrush is just blue and the pencil is long and unsharpened. I am not sure if the items are subject to change though, as my daughter's did not come with a scribbling pad?! Not that I recall anyway!
The felt tips are chunky and easy for little fingers to use. They are not mentioned as being washable but I have managed to wash them off clothes a few times (you should obviously check yourself, don't take my word for it just in case!). The rubber, ruler and sharpener are as you would expect, though the sharpener is possibly too small for very young toddlers to use. The pencil is long and unsharpened which is a bit annoying if your little one expects to use it immediately, though it only takes a moment to sharpen (as long as you have a bin nearby to catch the shavings!). The crayons are thin, very thin, and snap quite easily but that is typical of many crayons to be honest. They are adequate for use, and my daughter has no problems with them. I wasn't really sure what the small, rectangular white sponge was for, my best guess was it was either to paint with or perhaps to help wet the paint pallette? My daughter has used it both ways so I suppose it doesn't matter much! Both the pencil crayons and felt tips come in a variety of colours and shades so there are plenty of possibilities - red, orange, brown, blue, black, green, pink, purple, yellow, etc. The pencil crayons are short and slim as you might expect. The paintbrush is very slim and blue - perhaps a chunkier paintbrush would have been better especially as this set is aimed at young toddlers. Each item has it's own slot in the case.
The paint pallette is annoying - it is fixed into the case so can't be removed. This means it gets very messy! You need to wet the paint as they are small watercolours in circle shapes. The paints themselves are fine, they are your average watercolour paints to be honest. They do last a VERY long time as well which is brilliant. However I found that the case had to be left open for a long time to dry, as even attempting to move it caused water to leak behind the plastic and onto the front cover, smudging the picture on the case. In addition it was hard to keep the water and watery paint from going over any of the other materials or plastic as they are all so close together and toddlers aren't the most careful of painters! Again it does not say it is washable but it has washed out for me personally, but obviously check yourselves and don't take my word for it! All materials are non-toxic.
Having said that, it is good value for money and my daughter uses it all the time. She likes the fact she can carry it with her to different rooms, or when we go to visit family etc. She can also take the individual bits out and use them elsewhere.
I would recommend it - but beware the paint!
Summary: value for money!
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