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Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+

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      16.07.2010 11:16
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      My daughter, like many children her age, loves anything to do with arts and crafts. If there is potential to make a mess with glue, glitter, and pain, she's happy . So we often have to buy fresh paint supplies, with the most recent purchase for our art box being ELC finger paints.

      When we went to the shop, there were two different coloured packs available - one with standard colours ( green, red, yellow, blue, black and white) and one of bright colours (Pink, lime green, lilac, orange, pale blue, and yellow). With each pack being £4 for six decently sized pots, we purchased one of each.

      The lids of the tubs are a little difficult to open - in my mind a good thing as it stops my daughter getting hold of these when I'm not watching and re-decorating the walls . It is easy to dip your fingers (or potato shape) int0 the pot, or you could pour a little into a dish for people to put their hands into . The colours are bright, and the paints are non-toxic and washable, although I would still recommend having your chi9ld use an apron to protect good clothes .

      The paints do dry out fairly quickly if the lid is not replaced after use, but thats really the only downside . I think these are good value, and my daughter has plenty of fun finger painting and potato stamping . 4 stars!

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        22.06.2010 20:02
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        Good value paints for little people.

        I'm a big fan of the Early Learning Centre because I think they sell quality products at very reasonable prices - and I think these Finger Paints reflect this well.

        I bought these paints for my son as he's at that age where he likes to make a mess......ummmm I mean, he's at that age where he's learning to explore and express himself!! So if he has an excuse to cover his fingers and hands (and arms, legs, face, feet etc!) in paint then he regards that as proof of the existence of heaven on earth. And so I knew these paints would be a winner with him.

        The paints cost me £4 direct from the ELC website and they were delivered in 2 days from the date of the order. For £4 I got 6 pots of paint in the standard colours of green, blue, red, yellow, black and white. The colours available reflected what I ordered on the website and each pot contained 125 mls of premixed paint. The pots were low and wide in design and so it made it easy for my son to get his fingers in, and indeed his whole hand if he wished.

        When the paints were put on paper, they were satisfactory in their hue and saturation. The consistency of the paint is kind of thick and gloopy and so when you stick your fingers in the paint, the paint sticks and does not drip everywhere and create yet more mess. Because of the consistency of the paint, it does come out quite thick on the paper - and because of this it does take a little while to dry. If its a nice day I tend to hang the pictures on the washing line and they dry soon enough without running. It gives the neighbours something to talk about also!

        It would have been nice to have a couple of spare pots so that you could mix the primary colours to create some secondary colours, but we up doing this by mixing it on a saucer which works well.

        Although there is a warning that the paints can stain, I haven't personally found this - although I haven't had to test this out yet on fabric furniture! However, as far as clothes go the paints come out easily - and to wash it off my son I tend to find it easiest to just throw him in the bath.

        Although these are finger paints, we have also successfully used these paints to do potato prints and sponge printing. However, the paint was too thick to be used in splatter painting or brush painting.

        Recommended 9/10

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          26.10.2009 17:12
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          Good quality paints shame about the quantity and colour

          On a trip to the Early Learning Centre I decided to buy these. Normally we just buy our paints from Asda in a squeezy bottle and put a little drop into a small tub but thought these might be easier.
          My children absolutely adored them. The size of the pot was perfect for sticking little fingers straight into and then on to the paper. We made lots of handprints and footprints (by painting their hands and feet with a brush). The set included black, white, green, blue, yellow and what is suppose is meant to be red but is actually pink.
          Then after we were finished it was really easy to clean them up as it is all waterbased paints and they come off the tables, wooden floor etc really easily with a baby wipe.
          For all six it was £4 which isnt to bad but I found that after one session they were finished where as when you buy a large bottle for £1 it lasts for ages. I have therefore kept the tubs and now fill them with other ready mixed paints. As the tubs are perfect, they just dont hold very much. I was disappointed that the red was more pink because lots of things need red and as there is a white you could have made pink.

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          06.10.2009 00:04
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          if you're brave, then try them- it's fun!

          I bought the box of these when they were on sale for £4. The recommended age is 3+, but it's so hard to find things that go younger, and when you have an energetic child who needs things to do you take the chance.

          My daughter got these for Christmas when she was 14 months. Being the middle of winter the idea of a mess mat in the garden and stripping to a nappy was out of the question. So we had 2 mess mats, stripped to nappy and a mum who never took her eyes of the paint in our front room. We have carpet everywhere and are renting so it was a risk.

          I opened the box, unscrewed the lids on three of the six pots and let her loose. At first, she stuck a dainty finger in the green and made a line on the paper. Two minutes in and it was her fist going in up to her wrist. The pots are a good size for finger and hand painting- very helpful! By five minutes she was using the pink to paint her feet and legs, and ten minutes later every inch of paper was covered and there wasn't much paint left in the pots. I decided to save the other colours for another day.

          I carefully scooped my green/pink/yellow and thoroughly delighted daughter up in a towel and dumped her straight in the bath (nappy too). I can say for the record that the paint comes out of cloth nappies when washed, but can't say the same for my hooded towel which still bears the scars from this particular incident.

          Overall, these are a great set of paints, well worth getting for hours of entertaining (yet messy!) fun.

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          19.11.2001 02:47
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          I would recommend the Early Learning Centre’s Finger Paints to every parent in the land! I bought my son the bright finger paints which consists of six pots of vibrantly coloured paint. There is yellow, orange, green, pink, purple and blue. The colours really stand out on any kind of paper – and also on the table, carpets, your hair etc! Being trained as an early years teacher, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on paint and its consistency. The Early Learning Centre has got it just right. The paint is thick which minimises the amount of mess made. There is nothing worse than watery paint for getting all over the place. The pots are large at 125ml each and ideal for little hands to fit into. Word of warning here – if you are using more than one colour wash hands in between or better still scoop the required amount into a saucer, this avoids the colours in the pots becoming mixed up. These paints are said to be for children 2 years and above. I have actually used them with my son since he was just 9 months old. Obviously he is supervised at all times during his painting sessions. I think that children of this age still benefit greatly from discovering cause and effect and experimentation with tactile materials. And besides the educational gains it brightens up an otherwise dull Sunday afternoon! I think you need to be creative in your use of the paints or else you just get a page covered in huge blobs. I tend to use them when we have a specific project on the go such as today we made Christmas Cards. What I did was cut lots of Christmas tree shapes out of green paper and then let Joe finger paint the baubles onto it. These will then be mounted up onto card and sent to family and friends. Joe enjoyed looking at the different materials on offer and adored squelching the paint between his fingers. He also began to realise that he could make marks by putting his hand onto the paper. Joe re
          cognised that at first he needed to dip his hands into the pot too. I feel that he gets an awful lot out of these painting sessions and it is a joy to watch him discover new tricks. The box containing the paints state that they will stain. As of yet I have not had any problem getting them out of clothes although we do tend to paint semi-naked in our house! They are relatively easy to wash from hands and tables too. Sometimes it seems like a hassle to get covered in paint so I always carry out these activities mid-afternoon when bath time isn’t too far away. I would thoroughly recommend getting plastered in paint to any parent! Thanks for reading.

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            28.10.2000 16:53
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            I bought these when my ELC was shutting down so they were a bargain £3. I kept them hidden away for about 8 months and then gave them to my son for his 2nd birthday. I know the recommended age is 3+, but I thought he'd be fine with lots of supervision. They come in two types of colours, primary and brights. The pots have secure, reuseable lids on and are just about the right size for little hands. Well, they've proved a great success with him. We'd been playing in the paddling pool on day when he got bored, so I put a mess mat down on the patio, grabbed some paper and showed him the paints. At first he wasn't too sure but soon got the hang of it. He used both his hands and a chopped up potato to make prints, as he was naked from the paddling pool he also painted himself!! The paint came off of him with no problems though I don't know if it would come off of clothing. I haven't yet painted with him in the house, but I think I'll let him paint in the kitchen where the lino is, that way I can clean up any spills straightaway. Obviously us grown ups are concerned about ruining our furniture, carpets, clothing etc with these types of activities, but I think these are excellent types of play for young children and if closely supervised shouldn't cause a problem. So, let your little Van Gogh have a go!!

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              26.10.2000 07:15
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              This is a great buy, cheap and guaranteed to keep any toddler/pre-scholar very happy. Mummy might not find it the most amazing idea so watch out for giving it as a pressie. 6 pots of brightly coloured paints that are easy to get little fingers into and easy to put the lids back onto after, In Elc you can buy special paper to go with the paint but my personal experience is that it goes on fine on any kind of paper. Paint does tend to get everywhere so make sure that you let your child loose with this in a area that can get splattered to with paint but stick down some newspapers and some paper to paint on and a couple of aprons and then loose yourself for a while enjoying yourself with your kid for a while.

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                14.10.2000 04:53

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                i have long been of the opinion that paints belong at nursery/playgroup/school, but was persuaded by my 4 yr old to buy some fingerpaints from ELC. Well, guess what...I was right the first time! I started out with 6 pots of differently coloured paints and now I have 6 pots of similarly coloured paint, along with a re-decorated dining table and chairs! In terms of quality of paint etc, I guess they are fine, can't really fault them, but the temptation for little fingers to scoop great big globs of the stuff out of these wide-necked pots, and re-distribute around the home is just too great to resist, and just tooooo messy for a busy mum!

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                21.09.2000 21:21
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                I bought my two year old some fingerpaints from ELC You get six 125ml pots of paint in a nice looking box, the colours I got were red green yellow blue black and white, They are great fun to use I put some old papers down on our tiled floor then some paper to paint on, or sometimes i use an easel, children love getting messy hands (well mine does) It also encourages imagination colour recognition, and keeps children amused for ages, I think as long as you have aprons on your child and protection on floor then they are very good fun to use.I believe I paid approximately £6 for the box but it is money worth spending I would say the recommended age is two years to six years as my children who use them are that age.

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              Six different coloured pots of finger paints.