Elmer’s Go Paints Go Wild ($10) kept my son from going wild at the doctor’s office today. The Go Paints concept is much the same as Crayola’s Color Wonder except, let’s face it, asking your child if they want to paint rather than simply color with markers has a much bigger Wow factor. They love the different feel of the brush to paper!
Similar to their other sets, the Go Wild pack came with four color brushes and a book of pre-printed jungle animal pages as well as a few blank pages for my five year old son’s Damian’s imagination to go wild. Other sets have licensed themes like Spiderman, Hello Kitty or Littlest Pet Shop, activity pages or simply plain paper. Some sets are even intended for travel ($9) as they have a smaller pad that comes attached to a case for the brushes – perfect to store in your car and small enough for your purse. You can also buy the plain pads ($4) separately, without the brushes, and there are also stampers ($10) and fingerpaint ($13.50) versions.
Damian generally lasts about two minutes coloring, but painting with these vibrant watercolor style paints kept him interested for my entire appointment. I think he was also intrigued by the clean brush and the magical reaction. The "paint" takes a few seconds to activate with the page and have color appear. That takes a bit of getting used to, but is a small price to pay to know that everyone and everything will stay clean while you are at the doctor’s office, a restaurant, a friend’s house, anywhere!
One caveat: We had mixed results trying to blend the colors.
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