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Paint, not ink. Surprizingly.
on December 4, 2014
Funny when I ordered this for my son I had read the previous reviews and was worried that when it came it would be dried out. My son had seen this kit is the Crayola store in Kansas City and was ready to buy it there but dad talked him into being a smart consumer and checking prices elsewhere. Amazon had a lower price so we went for it.
The reason I said that the situation was humorous was instead of the kit coming dried out... it came way more wet than I expected. I opened it expecting to find it possibly dry, and the pads were more like sponges than ink pads. I guess I was expecting ink pads but they were more like wet paint on little sponges. They were however very wet.
I am not sure if the company tried to compensate for the dry review from previous purchaser and added water to them before they shipped, or if this is how wet they usually come. but, that being said...
I wished that they were ink pads instead of paint pads. They are paint pads on sponges. When you use paint instead of ink your finger prints end up more like blob than actual fingerprints with ridges. The coolness of the product is that you want to actually tell they are fingerprints.
Sure you could put the paint on your finger. dab it off a few times until you get to the good print spot then make your real print, but then you are somewhat wasting the paint/product by making test prints until your print is right, plus a 6 or 7 year old is going to want to just start printing not dabbing and test printing. The paint ends up on the sides of your fingers if you press down, which is what the average boy is going to do, then each print even if dabbed ends up with a paint ridge ring around the outside of it.
I guess I had high hopes for this product. and don't get me wrong he did make a whole battledroid army scene, vs the Gungans from episode 1 on our giant roll of butcher paper. But if it was ink pads I would not have had to supervise as much as I did with the paint.
Good scores for encouraging boys to work with pencils and lines. He felt confident he was able to make these on his own even though he does have some trouble with fine motor like many little boys with writing.
Sadly after that one use of me supervising so that paint would not end up where it shouldn't. The kit has not been used. He has not mentioned it, and I have not been excited to get it out. I think I will get some ink pads in similar colors and have him give it a go again. You could always save that step and get ink pads and look up ideas online as a guide. Great idea! but I feel the only way to save it is to switch to ink pads.