Watch your back, Monet

Non-toxic kids' watercolor kitMy daughter is an art fanatic, and would paint until she was blue in the face. Funny, she’s actually done that, with blue hands, arms, clothes…you get the picture. She’s a four-year-old with paints.

So when she tried Mahar Dry Goods’ handmade watercolor kit, I don’t think I heard a peep out of her for a solid two hours. Created by self-proclaimed domestic scientist Cynthia Hellman, this set of six non-toxic food safe colors comes packed carefully in a silver tin, complete with a mini-brush, and a few small water color cards.

You’ll need to wet the colors a bit more than the mass-produced watercolor paints you might be used to, but the end result is gorgeous rich watercolors that, in my daughter’s own words, are “way better than those other paints we have.” The expert has spoken. -Kristen

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Find this handmade watercolor paint set and other amazing toys and gifts for kids at Mahar Dry Goods.