Marvelous Suncatcher Paint Pens
Ordered this product for VBS along with some of the suncatchers offered by Oriental Trading ... would recommend both to anyone!! The paint pens are SO much better than regular paint ... much less messy and much easier to use. They were used by all classes, ages 2 through 15 and were a huge hit with all!!
August 11, 2010
Strong Odor, but Easy to Use
I bought these to use for a craft at a 4-year-old's birthday party. I had a teenage 'helper' for the kids, trying to get them to not squeeze all the paint out at one time.
The paint does have a pretty strong odor, so if you're very sensitive to smells, you may want to avoid.
These were easy for the kids to use - some of the kids just had a tendency to squeeze way more paint than necessary. The older siblings who where there were much better at squeezing out the right amount of paint.
I think overall, these were much less messy to use than a paintbrush. Just make sure to supervise younger kids while using.
September 28, 2014
Read for Opening Instructions!
These pens work great with the stained glass crafts sold by OT, but BE CAREFUL opening them! There are three caps on them: the outer cover, the pointed application cap, AND the inner plug, which MUST first be removed for the paint to flow. You have to unscrew the pointed cap to get to the plug, which should be removed facing away from you. Then you can screw the pointed cap back on and use. OT does not include these instructions with the pens, which, from reading previous reviews, has led to disastrous results!! Also, have toothpicks on hand to get the paint into the small sections and corners, and to swirl colors together.
August 16, 2014
Bought these before and will buy again!
Great project for a toddler birthday party! The squeeze pens make it neater and easier for little hands!
August 6, 2014
not as good as I hoped
Tried these pens for VBS. They are not very easy to squeeze and do not hold much. 2 packs was not enough for about 40 kids to share
July 25, 2014
a bit messy
too long to dry; not for youngest children
May 15, 2014
Remove the PLUGS 1st!!!
There were no instructions on how to use these so after having 3 of them explode all over my dining room, I finally figured out that there is a very tiny cap underneath the "pen-tip" that you need to remove 1st. Then the paint flows nicely out. If you don't remove those and they get squeezed too hard, they shoot paint ALL OVER. Instructions would have been nice. Also, having to unwrap each one individually from the shrink wrap was very time consuming and a pain in the behind, especially when trying to keep the kids at bay while they waited for them. I did have 2 of the paints break open along the bottom and spill out as well while using them. I purchased them b/c I thought they would be much neater than using paints with brushes, but I was sadly mistaken. If instructions had been included, I imagine a lot of my frustration would not have happened.
April 21, 2014
It's messy and sticky and the result is pretty good.
I read through the review before take an order for my 4.5 year old son and i think all reviews helped:
1: you need to tip off a tiny lid for every pen. One of them was so hard to get ride of it.Most others are pretty easy. but still this step is something you are not prepared to do.
2: The color is really sticky, you can not wash off from hands, only scrub off (hard too) or let time handle it.
3: The liquid/color comes out too fast, thank goodness I have read r reviews and prepared some newspaper.
4: I also ordered the suncatcher butterfly , that's really nice, thanks for that review (sorry forgot the reviewer's name). and the result is really a pleasant surprise regardless all above issues.
5: As long as you are prepared , you can enjoy your pen.
October 16, 2012
ok but not up to usual OT standard
Bought these to use with my almost-3-yr-old twins, along with some sun catchers. The girls struggled at first - easy to squeeze out too much paint and it gets everywhere (wipe it off immediately! If it gets in the carpet, use resolve spray) so be prepared and wear aprons. We ended up doing this hand-over-hand and they loved it. The paint doesn't dry hard though.
(I did not have any problems with broken or leaky pens. All were still sealed and intact, and haven't leaked int he cupboard since use although I sotre them in a plastic tub just in case)
July 30, 2012
NOT kid friendly!!
Bought these to use as a craft at a family reunion. First of all, they had a horrible smell. Then, after a few minutes of use, we discovered that they do not wash off of hands or clothes. After some careful use, one exploded (an adult was using it!) and some got on the carpet - we couldn't ever get the color out. They are not at all washable, they are a sticky paint, it comes out too quickly and it's too runny, they explode, drip, and are permanent. NOT something you should ever buy for children to use. ONLY use it outside until it's dry (unfortunately it was raining and we were doing it inside.) Seriously horrible product!!
July 20, 2012