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~Non Spill Pots, Such A Blessing~
Non-Spill Paint Pots
Member Name: StazKilly
Non-Spill Paint Pots
Advantages: Does exactly what it says on the box, durable, easy to clean and use.
Disadvantages: Not many colours to choose from.
Last year my Daughter, who had just turned 2 came across paints! She is very creative and loves to draw and make things, so I let her paint now and then but only with the small watery palettes you get for kids, mainly due to her age. Watching her paint after a few weeks, I noticed that she was very careful and hardly got any paint on herself or on her little table, so I thought I'd let her get some 'proper' paints. So, the following pay day, me and my partner had a trip to the Early Learning Centre for some paints and accessories for her. After choosing about 6 colours of bottled ready mix paint, I then went to look for some pots in which to put them in when in use, as obviously with the type of paints they were, I needed some. There were quite a few on the shelf, including some empty palettes and different sizes and shapes of pots and tubs. I was just going to settle on a palette when my partner spotted these pots and pointed out they were the only ones with lids, so they would be much better, mainly due to the fact that we'd had a brand new carpet put down. I agreed, paid, and went on my way.
WHAT DO YOU GET AND WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE
In the box, you get 6 paint pots, each are 20cm in height, which is an ideal size to dispense just enough paint in. Each pot is clear plastic, and each has their own coloured lid, obviously to indicate what colour is in the pot, which, really you don't need as the pots are clear and you can see what colour is in them, but obviously the lids are easier on sight for your child. You get black, white, blue, yellow, green and red. The plastic is quite thick on the pots, so even if you drop them, just like most of ELC's products, they wouldn't crack very easily so they are very much durable.
The lids just clip off really easily and are in two parts. The base of the lid has a hole just big enough to fit in your paintbrush, and a small ridge where you can wipe excess paint off your paintbrush, which will then drip back into the pot. There is also a space, which acts as a paintbrush holder, where you can lay your paintbrush on top of the pot without it rolling off. The second part of lid is mainly for when storing away and just clips onto the base lid, and once on, you can turn it around really easily to close over the paintbrush hole. (Just think like a large salt container where you can turn the lid to change it from pouring to sprinkling).
I fill the pots just half full with paint, as this was just enough. I found that if I fill them too much, then my daughter gets paint halfway down the paintbrush, so not much is needed to get a decent amount of paint onto the brush. My daughter found it really easy to dip in her brush, wipe the excess on the lid and paint really tidily and mess free.
Of course, she knocked them over a couple of times, and as the hole is in the centre of the lid, the paint can't just spill out as where the hole is inside the lid, it has a plastic piece acting as a stopper, so the paint rolls up to the lid but can't spill through the hole unless you actually hold the pots upside down!
I also find that when using these pots, it's a lot harder for your child to mix different coloured paints into other colours by accident, as by the time the brush goes through the hole, it wipes the excess onto the edge so it doesn't all stay on the brush. Obviously there are little bits which get in but as I use ELC Ready Mix Paint which is quite thick, just a little mix gets rid of the other colour.
STORAGE AND CLEANING
If your child will possibly be painting the next day, then you just need to pop on the top part of the lid, or if you have kept the top part on whilst painting, then you just turn it to close over the hole. I prefer to remove the top lid when in use, as this way they stay clean and you can just pop them on without having to clean them up first.
When you leave paint in the pots, I've left them a few days and when I have got them out to use again, the paint is still good enough to use and none is dried up. This is stated on the box that they can be used to store for a few days without emptying out, and it actually does this. This is because the lids are very tight and when closed, no air can get in to dry them up, which is handy when you will be using them again very soon, instead of cleaning everything away and wasting paint.
Of course, if you want to clean the pots out, it is very easy to do. Most children's paints which you would use in these pots are water based anyway, so with a little rinse of warm water, the pots are clean and paint free within seconds.
ALL IN ALL
The only problem I have with these pots are that I begrudge buying black and white paint, and my Daughter never wanted black or white either as she loves brighter colours, so I had to put pink in the black pot and orange in the white pot. Obviously this isn't a problem if you have black and white paint, but they only sell this one set, so obviously, if you have a lot more colours and needed a second set of pots, then you'd be putting different colours in the pots anyway. I think they should maybe sell them separately with a lot more choice of colours so you can choose which ones you want, but obviously this isn't a big reason not to recommend them.
They are Early Learning Centre's own brand, so you can buy direct from them at £4 at the moment, which I think is a very good price as they do what they say on the box. They had an arts and crafts event when I bought them, so I got them for about £2 or £2.50, and ELC do these events quite often so if you can catch them at one of these events you can get them at this price or maybe cheaper, but even so £4 is still a very good price for them.
All in all I would definitely recommend these for your child if they love to paint. They are easy to use, easy to clean, do exactly what they say on the box, durable and affordable.
Summary: A great buy for creative children.