For the last 6 months I have noticed more and more that Ava is loving crafting . She will sit at her desk In the front room for ages creating things. Which is fine with me as I actually enjoy doing crafting with her . I don’t really worry about the mess too much . Sometimes though I need something I can pack away quickly that Isn’t too messy . This is where paint and chalk sticks come in.
Paint sticks are like nothing I have ever used before . Think of painting with a glue stick . It’s that kind of soft gliding sensation when your painting on the paper. But with vibrant colours that dry in less that 60 seconds . Which means there is no need for a messy mat or aprons. You don’t have to use water or brushes . Just paint sticks and paper and your little one is sorted.
Paint sticks come in two different sizes . As Ava is still pretty young and still learning to gain control over mark making objects. We found that the thicker ones were better for her. The mini ones would be fab for older children that want to add that little bit more detail to their pictures.
I really like the fact that you can use them in a variety of different ways . I’m actually pretty excited to try the scraping method one day . Ava particular like using them like a bingo dabber .
The best things about the paint sticks has to be that they are mess free even with a toddler using them . With a twist of the base a small amount of the colour can be seen . So your little one can make a creation . The paint dries in 60 seconds . Which is perfect . She can have all the fun of painting without the mess . Which makes me want to let her paint more often as the mess afterwards will be minimal .
Little Brain Chalk sticks
Chalk sticks look a lot like regular crayons or pastels but they are actually chalk. The great thing about the chalk sticks is that they don’t leave that chalky dust everywhere. Ava used some traditional chalk in the summer and she got more on herself than she did on the paper. chalk sticks also don’t smudge so your little ones picture isn’t rubbed off by their arm.
Ava is very heavy-handed and did mange to break some of the chalk sticks. So they may be better for older children that are more delicate.
Just because they are chalk doesn’t mean they have to be used on a chalk board which is great as we don’t have one ! Ava enjoyed making marks with the chalk sticks on some paper. The colours aren’t as vibrant as the paint sticks but they do create some lovely colours.
As you can see in the picture some of the chalk did transfer onto her face but nothing like traditional chalk.
Our overall thoughts of Little Brian’s paint and chalk sticks
Overall I think they are both fab products. Ava enjoyed using the paint sticks the most she seemed to have better control over the thicker ones. Maybe once she gets a bit older and is less heavy-handed then she will be able to use the chalk sticks and mini paint sticks with more control.
For parents who don’t like mess but want their kids to get creative these are perfect. With Christmas around the corner these would make a great stocking filler. You can find Little Brian paint sticks in selected Tesco stores or for more information check out their website.