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My daughter absolutely loves to paint and draw pictures and I really like to encourage this creativity with a number of different art supplies. These tadoodles were actually a gift from a friend and she said how much her girls enjoyed them so she thought my little girl would like some too.
So, what exactly are tadoodles. Well, they are paints that come in a round plastic container with a brush at the top so there is no mess or spillage and no need for an additional brush. The paints actually look like one of those littler characters toys, a weeble, the toys that wobble but they don't fall down. These paints have a little face on them a a flat but rounded bottom so they wobble about but do not fall over or spill. The round design is also meant to make them easy to grip for little hands and I do find that they fit in my little girls palm very well. She then has a good angle on the brush and is able to paint well with them.
Now, when I say these paints don't spill or drip that is true, but they still can make quite a mess. The paint inside them is really quite thin and I would liken it more to the consistency of q felt tip pen on the paper rather than a thick paint. The liquid comes out quite fast and then takes a little while to dry so in the mean time you have quite a wet picture that inevitably gets on my little girl's hands and clothes etc. I find it quite easy to wash out though and these are definitely washable paints. When she gets it on her hands we just use a wet wipe to get rid of it and this usually does the trick.
What I really like about these paints and I think it's the clever design and packaging of them is that they don't dry out. There is no lid on the brush as such but all you need to do to get them to work again is give them a bit of a shake, press the brush down quite hard onto the piece of paper and the paint will start to work again. This is much better than conventional paint in my opinion which can dry out if you leave the top off, a perfect paint for small children.
The paints come in a variety of colours and at the moment we have green, purple and orange which all came in a pack together. The colour of the holder is the same as the paint so you know which one you have. My little girl is three and a half and she still enjoys paiting with these. I would say if you actually want to paint a proper picture like an older child would these probably wouldn't be as good as a regular paint brush and paint but for smaller children they are a great artistic tool.
Each pack of three costs about £3.99 which I think is a great price and a great way to encourage creativity.