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The Best Pan Watercolors for Kids

Cute little African-American artist on color background

Watercolors are usually children’s first entrance into the world of painting. Especially with younger children, pan watercolors are usually preferable to watercolor tubes. Pans means that they only need to dip a brush in water and then dip it in the pan to activate the paint and begin with their artwork — and for parents and teachers, pans usually mean less of a mess. Check out these top picks for the best pan watercolors for kids.

The slim design makes this perfect for use in school since it can easily be stored in a desk or locker.

You’ll appreciate that this pan watercolor set features paint that’s non-toxic and acid-free. The slim design makes it a great portable option, as well.

You’ll like that this pan watercolor set comes with a brush. However, more serious art fans may not like that the lid doesn’t convert into a palette like other options in our guide.

You’ll like that this kids pan watercolor set is washable — which makes cleaning up a breeze. This pick also comes with a kid-friendly paintbrush and is safe for kids ages three and up.

We liked that this pan watercolor set comes with a brush to get artists started as soon as you open the kit. The water-based colors are easy to blend and work with.

Expert Commentary

Pan watercolors are easy to use and come in a variety of colors that your budding artist can mix and match. These often come with a brush so your child can start painting immediately. They are incredibly portable and a great way to educate and entertain your child at the same time!

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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