Reviewed by David Savage
The school holidays have not long started and already I am hearing the cries of “we’re bored”, “what can we do?”, “we have nothing to do” and lots more besides. All this despite the fact that the kids have a playroom full of toys, games and craft items, a mini library of books to read (apparently reading is boring) and even their tablets and an Xbox (although time on these is limited).
They both love drawing and painting so they were super-excited when the new Little Brian Paint Sticks Art Station arrived. We already have some Little Brian Paint Sticks, which they love painting with as and they are easy to use as well as being virtually mess free.
The Little Brian Paint Sticks 2-in-1 Classic Art Station features the double-sided portable art station, 6 Classic Paint Sticks, 6 Chalk Sticks, paper and a duster!
It opens up to a double-sided art station with a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other. The whiteboard also features a clip so that a sheet of paper can be clipped on so that once you have painted your picture it can be removed and ready to hang on the fridge. As it is double-sided it means both kids can be creative at the same time. It also has pots to store your paint sticks and chalk sticks while in use.
Once finished with, everything then goes back into the storage space and folds up flat, creating a briefcase-style portable art station complete with carrying handle.
Most kids like to paint, but paint can be messy and cleaning brushes can be a chore. The kids love it as they can express themselves through their art and mixing their own colours can be fun. The Little Brian Paint Sticks make painting so much easier, mess free and stress free (no more spilled paint on their clothes, furniture or carpet, or dirty water from their paint brushes being accidentally knocked over it their excitement). The Paint Sticks resemble a glue stick and work in a similar way, just twist the base and the solid paint is revealed and ready to start painting a masterpiece. You can use these as the are like a crayon or be used with a paint brush and water. Any paint that doesn’t make it onto the whiteboard or paper can easily be washed off with soap and water. The colours can even be mixed to create new colours just the same as you would with regular paint.
Once their masterpiece has been created, the paint needs to dry. As it starts to dry as soon as the paint hits the paper it is only a matter of a minute of two for the painting to completely dry, read to display.
The chalk sticks work in the same way as in they look like a glue stick, twist up to reveal the chalk and are dust free! The drawings can then be wiped away using the duster (has to be slightly damp).
The paints and chalk sticks are safe, easy to use, long-lasting and virtually mess free – the ideal medium for a portable art station.
As it is an easel, you can have two children working at the same time. This is great because it means they can do an activity together while being independent, but can still interact with each other and even bounce their ideas of one another.
Overall, this is a great way to keep the kids entertained during the long summer holiday, whether that is at home or even on a campsite. The chalks are much better than a standard chalk – they are dust free and the glue stick design means that they don’t snap when using them. The Paint Sticks are even better- mess free, quick drying and long lasting and very vibrant colours.
The easel is quick and easy to fold down and pop up and seems very secure once opened and in its easel form. There is plenty of storage space within it for paper, Paint Sticks and chalks as well as pens and pencils for any budding little artists.
The Little Brian Art Station is the perfect portable art station for home and away this summer, and virtually mess free. The kids love using it and I love that it folds up out of the way and there are no spilled paints to clear up afterwards. A great way to keep the kids entertained this summer, and it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing!