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ELC Hand and Foot Painting Tray

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Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Painting Tray

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      24.04.2010 18:26
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      Use and old oven tray instead of spending your money

      For my daughters fourth Birthday in March I decided to buy her plenty of creative items . As she was really getting into painting and drawing .

      So when I popped into my local Early Learning Centre a few weeks before ,I was very pleased to see they had 25 % off arts and crafts materials.

      So I purchased plenty of paints, brushes , coloured paper and sponges and noticed some paint trays . They had yellow , blue , green and red and I thought this maybe a good addition to the items I had already chosen.

      On first appearance I was a bit apprehensive as unlike the picture on the web {which I had seen on the web weeks before }. They did look more like what I would call a paper tray that I would use in a stacking drawer system . But with the outer rim being more shorter in height .

      So I thought the idea of the tray was very simple , and the thought of using an old baking oven tray at home for the same purpose would have the same effect , whilst also saving me from anymore spending .

      But as usual I talked myself into buying a red one on the impulse that it was going to be a birthday present and with 25% off and the full retail price was only £2.50 I added this at the checkout with my other things.

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      Since then it got used around three times , which was a hassle as when my daughter wanted to do hand and finger painting the whole thing tipped up due to the outer being to high so when she removed her hand the paint went everywhere so incurring plenty of mopping and cleaning for me .

      All her painting things are stored under the sink in a secure cupboard and I placed the paint tray at the bottom with the paint tubes laid down inside .

      It cracked and split all along the sides extremely easily considering I did not overfill it at all.

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      I am very surprised at early learning stocking this product as I normally find this store very good for toys and children's fun items , which normally with stand my four year old being heavy handed with things and the usual knocks and bumps which children make.

      Yet this product does not get my count on durability or an item children should be allowed to play with .

      Even though when I purchased the item I noticed it has smooth round edges . And the company states it is for age ranges 18 months to three years .

      When it broke there was sharp edges which would have broken the skin easily on my daughter had It broken on her.

      So we have now resorted to my original idea of using a old baking tray, which does not tip up and I can chuck it out when ive finished with it and save money even if it is only £2.50 in the shops now .

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      27.01.2010 11:22
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      A ridiculously thin tray

      For Christmas I bought my 2 year old twins alot of arts and crafts stuff so we can have plenty of activity days and sessions when they finish playgroup in a morning. I bought most of their arty things from Early Learning Centre and one of the many things purchased was their Hand and Foot Painting Tray.

      It looked on the picture shown on their website, like a strong, thick plastic tray one that you could just layer with paint and let the kids get messy with with no problems at all so the £2.50 price mark wasn't a problem. The picture of the tray was blue (the same as the one above) but I ordered two and received one bright green and one yellow tray. I was a little disapointed as there was no colour choice and I can't remember being warned about this, but this wasn't the main disapointment.

      The trays are suitable for children aged 18months to 3years and it measures 24cm in height and 18cm in width so not a very large tray. It can fit a toddlers hand or foot in there but nothing else.

      I was expecting, larger, sturdy trays, you know the real thick plastic that would be quite difficult to break. Instead I was sent two ridiculously thin trays that are extremely fragile and flimsy. They remind me of a large yoghurt pot lid. So thin and flimsy in fact that as an adult I can bend it slightly but my 2year old twins could to.

      They did have great fun getting messy with them mind, but the sight of a tray full of paint and plain paper on the floor would please any child I'm sure. But my twins, especially being boys are very rough with their toys and these trays didn't last two minutes. The one cracked in the middle from a foot going on it and the other snapped around the edges making them sharp and dangerous.

      I know I only paid £2.50 for them but I'm writing this review to warn you against them if you were ever looking for something like this. You'd be better off buying a baking tray and using that as for a start you'd pay less, it would be larger and alot stronger and probably safer too. For an Early Learning Centre product this was a BIG let down I wouldn't pay 10p for one of these again really.

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