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Little Brian Paint Sticks Review
We were recently kindly sent a package of Little Brian Paint Sticks to review. Mini, like lots of 6 year olds, loves drawing and painting pictures. She often comes home from school with anything up to 6 pictures she has done for us that day. She couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try out the paint sticks.
Little Brian Paint Sticks look like glue sticks, you twist them to reveal the colour. They claim to be a fun, easy and most importantly MESS FREE way for little ones to paint. This was certainly a claim I was looking forward to putting to the test.
Mini got to work straight away. She had recently been enjoying planting indoor flowers, sparked by how much she enjoyed making a Unicorn Garden. She decided that she wanted to make a poster to put in her bedroom about her latest flower garden creation.
Mini was easily able to use the paint sticks herself, twisting them up when needed. The colours easily glided onto the paper and dried really quickly. As Mini is left handed, she can sometimes get into a mess when doing pictures as she smudges her work with her hand. I can honestly say I was extremely impressed by how quickly these paint sticks dried. They really were mess free and there was no smudging at all.
Mini was really proud of her finished poster, I think she did a great job too. She made sure that she used all of the different colours she had. She said she found the paint sticks easy to use and they kept her occupied (and quiet) for quite some time!
The paint sticks are really versatile too, they come with an ideas sheet inside the box with more techniques to try. These include, blending the colours, adding water to create watercolour effects and using them on stampers. They can also be used to create a really clever scraperboard effect. This is achieved by painting colours onto paper and when dried you apply the black paint stick over the top. You can then use a scraper tool to reveal the colours underneath. Mini hasn’t tried out these extra techniques yet but is looking forward to doing so soon.
Little Brian Paint Sticks come in lots of different sizes and shapes. We reviewed a pack of 12 normal sized sticks, as well as a pack of 24 mini sized sticks. The mini sticks came with 12 classic colours, 6 fluorescent colours and 6 metallic colours. Mini particularly loved using the fluorescent colours and the metallic colours.
Our thoughts on Little Brian Paint Sticks
Both Mini and I were really impressed with the paint sticks. They were easy to use and truly were mess free. I’d be happy with her playing with them without being supervised knowing she isn’t going to get into lots of mess. When she had finished her picture, they were packed away in seconds and no need for any washing up.
We’ve used other metallic paints before that haven’t been very good quality, these had a great shine to them. I must say that all of the colours of the paint sticks were strong, bright and clear.
We would use the paint sticks to take away with us on a trip or to a restaurant as something for Mini to do. There are plenty in the pack too so that they can be shared with other children easily.
I think that the paint sticks are great value for money and reasonably priced, starting at around £6 for the smaller packs. They would make great gift ideas for birthdays or stocking fillers for Christmas presents too.
The paint sticks are widely available in most toy stores and online retailers such as Amazon as below.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Little Brian Paint Sticks for the purpose of a review. All views and opinions are our own.