Little Brain paint sticks | Review

I like doing crafts on my own as I can control how much mess I make – and because I’ve made it, I don’t mind it quite as much. But when they boys mention the word “crafts” or “paint” I die a little inside. To be honest, I’d rather they just kept that part at school so I don’t have to clear up the aftermath! Or end up doing it for them… And then I met Little Brian paint sticks. My. Life. Has. Changed.

Little Brian paint sticks

Looking for something new to do with the children where you can have all the fun with less of the mess? Well, look no further thanks to Little Brian and our range of Paint Sticks which launched to rave reviews from both the parents as well as kids of all ages!

Our thoughts

The boys were very kindly sent a pack of each of Little Brian paint sticks, Little Brian mini paint sticks, and Little Brian chalk sticks. They couldn’t wait to get started on some masterpieces – and to be honest, neither could I!

Little Brian paint sticks out of packaging

The paint sticks are SO easy to use, requiring no water or brushes (phew!). All you need to do is take off the cap, twist the bottom just like a glue stick, and get creating.

N using Little Brian paint sticks

It’s really surprising how long they take to dry too – they are literally touch dry within seconds so no need for a drying space in the kitchen either! The boys have only used them on paper and cardboard, but they can also be used on surfaces such as canvas, wood, and even windows – as it wipes off!

Boys using Little Brian paint sticks on box

The chalk sticks are totally mess free too. They look just like a wax crayon, but go onto the surface actually. Like. Chalk. So there is none of that annoying chalk dust that gets everywhere, either!

J using Little Brian chalk sticks

Since the boys have had these, they haven’t even mentioned using the regular poster paints which is such a relief. It also reminds me, I need to sneak them out of the house whilst they’ve forgotten about them…

I don’t think we’ll ever go back to using poster paints – unless we do something that specifically needs it. Though I do think these will suffice for pretty much anything! I’m officially converted to Little Brian paint sticks for everyday arts & crafts.

Age – 3+
RRP – from £5.99

Our rating – 5/5

We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.

Terrible at Gift Ideas? Here Are Five Ways to Get Inspiration

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas to give to our friends and family members. However, if you’re like many people in the world and have absolutely no idea what to get then don’t worry, we have the perfect brief little guide on how you can get inspiration on what to purchase as a gift.

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Look For Vouchers

What better way to both get gift ideas and save money? Sites like are filled with vouchers that will help you make purchasing decisions throughout the Christmas season. Not only is it a great way to get ideas for gifts, but it can help you save money on your Christmas shopping as well.

Take a Look Online

The internet is filled with unique inspirational ideas for gifts. Simply type in something like “Gift Ideas 2018” and you’re going to be presented with hundreds of articles and guides claiming that they have the best gift ideas. Of course, you don’t need to settle for reading just one of them. Look through all of the articles and put together a shortlist of things that could be offered up as a unique Christmas gift. If you’re limited by your budget, then add on a term like “under £10” and you’ll get plenty more ideas. This is quite obvious to some people, but many don’t realize the potential that the internet has for inspiration.

Get Something Edible

Not just anything edible, but something edible that is fancy enough to warrant being called a gift. It could be a relatively expensive bottle of wine, it could be a hamper with all kinds of different snacks and treats, or it could even be an expensive box of Christmas-themed biscuits and chocolates. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, then something edible will be a great option. If you want to take it a step further, you can even make something personal by cooking and decorating it yourself.

Make Something

If you see things like sewing kits for sale then you could use them to make the perfect gift for a loved one. Create something unique like a sweater or a hat and you have a personalized gift that would make a lovely Christmas present. There are plenty of other arts and crafts projects that you can do to create a unique gift and it’s all down to your personal preferences or what you think you recipient will enjoy.

Look at Pinterest is arguably the best place to get inspiration for anything. Simply type in “Christmas Gifts” or something similar and you’ll get thousands of unique ideas. Some of them are less practical than others, but with so much inspiration on hand, it’s a fantastic way to seek ideas. Not all of the ideas on Pinterest will be purchasable and some of the ideas will require shipping from other countries, and some will be handmade. Either way, it’s a fantastic source of gift inspiration.

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