Product Type: Wilkinson Art / Craft
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Painting Without Potential Spills..
Wilko Paint Pots Non Spill
Member Name: angelboouk
Wilko Paint Pots Non Spill
Advantages: cheap, easy to clean and store, no mess, can be used with different sized brushes
Disadvantages: no cover for the open gap so can't be stored, limited colours, very basis
The week before Christmas 2012, I found myself rushing around the local shops to find some suitable 'extra' and stocking filler gifts for my four year old son. He had recently took a shine to painting which I was strangely delighted about as he had previous refused to engage in crafty activities with Mummy as he didn't like mess! I ended up buying a selection of paints, accessories and also Play Doh!
Wilko offer quite a varied selection of own branded craft products and today, I will be discussing our use of the 'Non-Spill Paint Pots'.
Each box contains three paint pots which are suitable for use by children over the age of four (adult supervision required). Each pot is made of clear plastic and features a coloured lid with a hole in the middle. Our box included a yellow, blue and red lidded pot but colours may vary.
~Where To Buy~
A pack of three paint pots is available in Wilkinson stores and from www.wilko.com priced at £1.00.
I thought these would come in handy for Boo to use when painting but having used them for a few months now, I do wish I had went for a different set as these aren't as practical in use compared to the more expensive ones from stores such as Early Learning Centre. For a pound though, they do the job fine.
The pots are of an acceptable quality. The plastic isn't the thickest but they do appear to be durable. The pots aren't huge but they are the ideal size for a pre-schooler to use. The lids secure on perfectly fine and I can remove them fine without causing any mess but my son finds it more difficult (thankfully!).
Boo has quite a few different colours of liquid paint so we don't always pour the red paint into the pot with the red lid - we mix and match as the colour of the paint is visible through the pot anyway. It is good that they do offer the primary colours but a more varied selection would be good for those who like to match colours to lids.
These paint pots are very basic but my son finds them very easy to use. As the adult, I have the job of pouring the paint into each pot. I only ever pour enough in for that particular painting session to avoid wastage and then pop the lid back on. The pots sit on a flat surface without any issues. The hole in the lid is in the centre of a dip in the lid and is quite big which makes it ideal for both thick and thin paint brushes to enter. We own different sized brushes and every one can be used with these paint pots.
Boo can pop his brush in the pot and tap off any excess paint so mess in minimal. Of course the odd splatter may end up on the lid but nothing that cannot be cleaned. These pots are ideal for use during any painting session with young children as if they are knocked over, the paint inside won't immediately pour out. It runs into the dip inside the lid and everything is contained. The only time paint may pour out is if the pot is held upside down.
My issue with these paint pots is that there is nothing included to cover over the hole in the lid. Other brands offer some for of cover for the hole to allow the paint to be stored overnight. With these paint pots, I only pour a small amount of paint in each and then at the end of our painting session, I wash out the pots as leaving the paint in the pots would most likely result in the paint drying out. As we use water based paints, I find these paint pots easy to clean with some warm, soapy water. They come up like new. They can be stacked if the lids are removed and are easy to store.
In conclusion, these little paint pots are super cheap and are fine to use but I am planning on buying a set with lid covers for Boo as this would be a more practical and paint saving option in the long run. They do perform well at keeping the paint contained and therefore reducing the potential for spills and splatters. They are worth the £1.00 I paid for them but as a parent, I would prefer something a bit better. Boo highly recommends them though.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: do the job but not our favourite way to store paint