“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ „
We bought this for our daughter when she turned three. It looked, from the picture, to be great fun and a chance for her to get a bit messy whilst painting without it being completely crazy mess-wise. We were disappointed by it to say the least and think that it has many areas in which it needs to improve.
What is it?
Well! The packaging makes you believe that it is a spinning table which will enable your children to have endless hours of fun creating messy pictures! In reality it is a piece of plastic rubbish which doesn't even work and if it did your little one would probably only have about 2 minutes of fun as the paint tubes they provide you with are tiny!
It is a blue plastic table in which you place a piece of paper which secures into place. This piece of paper then can be spun round by pressing a button. Whilst it spins round the idea is to squirt paint from the tubes into the table and onto the paper. The spinning motion will create lots of interesting patterns.
What you get
Well I cannot complain about the amount of paper that this comes with. I haven't counted them as I do indeed have a life but I would say there are about 50 pieces of paper which are cut to shape ready to be used. This paper is glossy. You also get three little paint tubes with lids. These are orange, green and purple. These are very very tiny indeed but quite easy to squeeze.
Playing with it
Well Little B was very excited by this as it did look very fun and Mrs B was eager to set it up to have some creative fun with her. It didn't take more than a minute to set up as all you have to do is put the paper in place and off you go! But in reality this is not exciting. The button you press is stiff and makes a big clunking noise and it only seems to spin the paper if pressed in a specific place and even then it's not certain if it will spin properly or just kind of slowly move round in a very fed up fashion. When it does spin round it is probably for about 6 seconds and so you need to press it again which makes it difficult for young children to use as it's hard to do that and squeeze paint. When it did spin round fast Little B would squirt some paint and then when it stopped we waited in avid excitement to see the swirls... there were no swirls, more like lines of paint which did not look very artisitic or exciting at all and if she used more than one colour they just mingled together in a grubby brown colour. What was worse was once it tried, because the paper is shiny, it all went very, very dull indeed unlike how you would expect as the paint colours themselves are very bright. What made it worse is that after just one play with this the paints ran out and all she did was create four little tiny square 'pictures' so we now have another 46 pieces of paper but no more paint. We could of course buy some more but we don't see why we should when it's such a poor piece of plastic that doesn't even spin properly and just frustrates our daughter!
What Little B thinks
This definitely did not entertain her for more than about 5 minutes and even during that time she was more frustrated than amused.
She couldn't work out how to get it to spin properly and when Mummy B helped her to spin it it was disappointing to see that it only lasted a second and quite often this was not long enough for her to have squirted out paint and had it swirl round. She was disappointed when she tried to get it out to play with a few days later and realised the paint had ran out.
This is really a rubbish toy which could be so much better if they improved it. They need to make it actually spin with ease and for more than a few seconds. It also needs to come with more paint and for the paper not to be shiny so that it doesn't dry a dull brown colour. I am very disappointed with this and think it's not even worth £1 let alone the £8 we paid for it! It is very poorly made and you can tell it's not been trialed properly. We are not impressed and expected something from The Early Learning Centre to be much better than this. Definitely do not recommend.
We've hit a creative phase - big time! my daughter (coming up for three) can't get enough paint at the moment. Mummy gets rather tired of spongepainting, finger painting, you name it. So I thought I'd give ELC's Twirl 'n' Paint a whirl! I vaguely remember something like it when I was a small child. It's quite simply a moving turntable and you pour or drip paint onto a square of paper fixed to it. It comes with plenty of small squares but very little paint - on the assumption that every household with small children has buckets of the stuff. It would take a slightly older child to operate both twirling and painting and it needs supervision for loading the square of paper. We did twenty or so pieces of 'art' on our first effort and since they dried pretty quickly we pasted some onto homemade greetings cards to send to grandparents. We've had this 'gadget' about a month now and the novelty hasn't yet worn off. We've used the squares with 'twirl art' for all kinds of decorative applications since. The toy does come with a small leaflet of suggestions to get you started. If they developed the product further I'd like to see coloured paper and metallic paints included to beat the boredom factor for Mums and kids alike! A pack of frames, cards, additional decorations etc. could be developed too. The bottles are tricky to refill but apart from that there are no drawbacks. A great toy for a paint-mad child!
Child can add a little paint as the turntable spins to create unique patterns. Refillable paint pots and 100 sheets of paper included.