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Best Watercolor Sets for Kids


Watercolors are one of the most common types of art supplies used by kids who want to paint anything from rainbows to landscapes. Here are a few of the best watercolor sets — simple to use and featuring vibrant colors — that will get your children excited about art.

These watercolors are certified nontoxic and come with two paintbrushes, an art crayon, an easy squeeze water brush, 12 watercolor paper sheets, instructions and techniques. With a low price tag, parents can’t go wrong. All materials and supplies are packed in a plastic portable carrying case for easy transportation and access. Children can enjoy using the all-inclusive art set as they learn how to paint. The brushes are easy to grip, and the paints are high-quality and dry quickly once applied. The colors are easy to clean off of clothes and furniture. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up.

The Crayola Washable Paint & Paper Set is a 50-piece set that includes 16 washable watercolors, 12 washable kids’ paints and two brushes. The durable plastic case is transparent, making it easy to view and organize the contents. A handle is included on the case for added convenience and easy transport. Kids can begin to paint minutes after opening the packaging. They can choose the watercolors or opt for thicker paint colors, which are all washable. The brushes are high-quality, and the fibers are soft and stay intact, even with frequent washing. Recommended for 3- to 8-year-olds.

Most Washable

Prang Washable Watercolor Paint Set, 8 Classic Colors with Brush, 1-Pack (80525) (Office Product)

List Price: $3.59 USD
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This watercolor set is simple and easy to use. Kids can release their inner artists by using vibrant watercolor shades that are easy to apply and mix well with water. The paints are wax-free and don’t contain any toxic ingredients to ensure they’re safe for little ones. The set includes a plastic case that is strong and durable, with built-in mixing areas. The colors included are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and black. Each color is creamy in texture and lays down well, which requires less paint to be used with each stroke. The compact size of the product makes it the perfect set to include with school supplies or a homeschool kit. Recommended for children aged 3 years and older.

Parents will enjoy this set due to its washability the paints are easy to wipe clean or rinse out of clothing. Adults will have peace of mind knowing their children are using AP-certified nontoxic ingredients. The paint is thick, so it lasts longer than similar paints on the market. The colors are vibrant and have a semi-moist formula that allows them to mix well with water. The simple design makes this the perfect set for kids who are learning to paint. The compact size also makes it easy to pack in a backpack or pencil box. Suitable for children of all ages.

This paint color set is unique. The included brush is built with higher-quality materials compared to brushes in similar sets. The color shades are more unusual than traditional watercolor sets, with included hues like Acid Yellow and True Blue. Not only is the paint easy to apply, but it also dries quickly. As an added bonus, a small tube of opaque white paint is included to mix your own color shades for an added variety of hues. Nontoxic ingredients make this product safe to use. The paint is easy to remove from various surfaces. Recommended for children ages 3 years and older.

Expert Commentary

“Most children progress from finger painting to basic watercolor. Outside of simply creating a piece of art, I love watercolors for other lessons, such as what happens when you mix two colors together or how changing the amount of water used changes the intensity of the colors. I advise parents to have a plan for spill control and how to clean up your child after use, particularly if the child is preschool age or younger. A smock is a helpful accessory when using watercolors.”

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Kelsey Daubenmier is a licensed primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience in primary education. Kelsey thoughtfully balances the demands of raising four children with the never-ending stack of papers to grade and lesson plans to prepare. In the last decade, Kelsey has gained experiences educating children as young as 5 and as old as 11. She is passionate about bringing the best possible baby and children’s products to you and your loved ones.