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Sticking with painting

Now there’s a no-mess way your youngsters can paint wherever they are and on whatever surface they like. Well almost! Lara Alcock, sales and marketing director at Little Brian tells readers all about Little Brian Paint Sticks

The benefits of allowing children to play and touch things are priceless in helping improve their dexterity and co-ordination as they continue to grow.

A product that contributes to improving a child’s co-ordination and dexterity is the award-winning Little Brian Paint Sticks.

The solid, rounded design of each Paint Stick is ideal for children to wrap their fingers around and gain a firm grip, helping improve their fine motor skills whilst they play.

Our Paint Sticks have proven to be extremely popular with childminders and the childcare sector, as well as the kids. They offer an easy to manipulate, convenient way to start children on their first steps in mark-making, The chunky cylinder shape twists up and down like a glue stick and they’re very easy to use particularly for little hands. They’re an ideal product to paint with either in the house or when travelling.

Little Brian was launched in 2016 by Lancashire art manufacturer Brian Clegg and along with its product, Paint Sticks, has won six early-years, parenting and children’s awards and been shortlisted for a further seven.

The sticks provide a clean and convenient way to paint with no need for water, paint brushes or the mess that normally goes with it, plus they’re easy to set up and pack away, cleverly packed within a pull out tray, making them ideal for home usage. Each individual stick contains solidified non-toxic paint and can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, card, canvas and even glass, drying in 60 seconds. Paint Sticks come in a range of colour packs; Classic, Metallic and Day Glow and lend themselves well to different techniques.

One of the most popular techniques is stamping, using simple stamps from old potatoes to leaves. Simply wet the stamp and apply the paint stick colour.

You can also apply water to Paint Sticks to create washes or blends with different colours or even use a scratchboard technique. Apply different coloured Paint Sticks to a surface and allow time to dry, apply black paint on top of the dry layer and whilst that is still wet, scrape into it using a scraper tool – or even be the lid of the Paint Stick itself – to reveal the coloured paint below.

Available from a range of early-years suppliers, they can now also be bought at Toys R Us, Ryman, ToyMaster and Amazon. The range is expanding with the recent addition of a 24-Assortment pack. The pack contains 12 Classic colours along with six Metallic and six Day Glow colours. Little Brian’s 24-Assortment pack has an RRP of £14.99 and the six and 12 packs have RRPs of £4.99 and £7.99 respectively.

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