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400 of 403 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
I purchased this set of four paint cups after being dissatisfied with a set of 10 paint cups made by Chenille Kraft. While the Melissa and Doug paint cups are more expensive (1.88 vs. 1.12 each)they are also much higher quality.

Pros:
- screw on lid will not pop off
- cap makes airtight seal that keeps paint from drying out!
- slightly larger volume

Cons:
- more expensive than competitors

I was very unsatisfied with the design and construction of the Chenille Kraft paint cups. The snap on lids didn't all fit right and the caps didn't make an airtight seal which lead to the paint drying out. They are cheap, but you will only want to use them if you are going to clean them out after each use.

The Melissa and Doug paint cups have a solid design and construction. This means that I can store paint in the cups until it is used up. You don't have to worry about the lids popping off when they are dropped or squeezed. Great product.

See my video for a hands on comparison.

With these paint cups I use Crayola Artista II Washable Tempera Paint and the Chenille Kraft Preschool Paint Brush Assortment (I have reviewed those products too). They are a great combination. I buy the paint in the 16oz bottles here on Amazon; you get a lot of paint for the money. My kids love the assortment of 24 brushes from Chenille Kraft and you can have a big and a small brush for each color of paint so you don't have to worry about washing them out until the end. It is hours of fun!

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
If you are using washable paints, I prefer to allow my kids to use the paint from the original container and instead, I add tap water to the fill line and the kids use these jars to place their paintbrushes in while not in use or to clean their brushes before switching colors. It works great! It encourages my 4 year old to keep his station clean and he washes all brushes when finished painting without being told and then he'll wash out the spill proof jar. I almost didn't buy these, but I am so glad I did. It's worth it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2010
The only thing I would change about this product is the number of cups! This set comes with four cups- blue, red, yellow, and green. My son loves to match colors (puts the right color brush in the right color cup), so I know he would love to have more color options, but the cups do the job very well! It's very convenient to pour the colors you want into the cups, and then later you can just put the caps back on and paint again later! We are using these cups with the Melissa and Doug easel and they work great. I guess we'll just have to pour purple, orange, or pink paint in the wrong color cup!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2010
I bought these for my little cousin's birthday along with 16-Oz. Color Splash! Washable Finger Paint Assortment (Pack of 6).

All in all, I was fairly pleased with them. They held much more paint then I thought they would, yet they were a small enough size for a two year old to handle them with ease.

We used them with Beginner Paint Brush Set (3) and although the brushes were heavy, the cups did not topple with their weight even when empty. It did frustrate him that the holes were small (they're a bit smaller than they appear in the picture), but it wasn't anything he couldn't quickly adapt to. It's just a warning if you're using somewhat larger brushes, that anything bigger than these ones won't fit with the top on.

As for the no-spill, I was pretty pleased with that. It was easy for the little guy to open and close the cap at will, but he was still unable to pull off the tops themselves - and I kind of assumed he was going to be able to, to be frank. When he knocked them over, they could lay and roll on their sides without spilling a drop of paint. However, when he turned them over and banged them against the table - globs of paint did come out. So I would assume that if this was dropped, it would spill out then. Still, spill-proof doesn't equal mess-free.

I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2010
I've worked with kids in and out of centers for 18 years, and the no-spill paint cup is a necessity.
It cuts down on the clean up and inevitable spills associated with young ones learning to paint.
Instead of hovering and saying "be careful!" all the time you can let their creativity flow.
You can also leave the paint in and cover it for the next time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
After years of spill proof cups in my classrooms that are almost impossible to open (usually prying the top off with a pair of scissors - not very safe!) these twist tops are fantastic. They close tightly so children cannot easily open them, but when it is time to clean, it makes life much easier - great item, Melissa and Doug!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2007
My 4 year old uses these paint cups and can take the lids off and put them on by herself. The cups are great. The paint doesn't dry out with the lids on, and the tops keep spills from happening. I'm very satisfied with this product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
I actually don't know what I'd do without these paint cups to go in the Melissa & Doug easel, it would be a complete disaster of a mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
I bought this with the Crayola Artista II Washable Tempera paints.

The cups twist on and off.. and are easy to wash. The lids are great because if there is still pain in the cups when the kids are done, I simply put the lids on the cups, and I save the rest for later. The paint stays fresh for a few days, and I love the feeling of knowing that I didn't waste any of it :)

The cups are strong, and I get the feeling like I'll be using them for a while. Great product.

I recommend this product.

Oh, and the kids already dropped the cups a few times.. Only once, did a few drops of paint come out, but it wasn't enough to make a huge mess. The paint is washable, so I just grabbed a baby wipe, and cleaned off the drops from the hardwood floor and the table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
I love these spill-proof cups! I bought these for my 3 year old because she loves to paint. The opening will fit any size brush (small, typical ones all the way up through the large ones that Melissa & Doug offer). I bought the Medium size brushes and those are perfect for little toddler hands to dip in the cups and then paint. These are also extremely easy to clean. I rinsed them out and then put them in the dishwasher. I also love that the Melissa & Dough brushes color coordinate with the tops of the paint cups. My daughter is the one who caught on to that saying, "Red with red" and "Yellow with yellow", etc. So they're great for learning colors, too!
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