Melissa & Doug Finger Paint Set Review

14 Nov

melissa and doug finger paint setProduct Description:

Melissa and Doug was founded in 1988 by a young couple named (perhaps not surprisingly) Melissa and Doug, out of Doug’s parents’ garage in Wilton, Connecticut.  Since then, it has quietly grown into a big player in the wholesale toys industry, offering over a thousand different products and amassing toy awards and publicity from dozens of organizations.

The company has also made a name for itself by aggressively ensuring the safety of all its products through rigorous third party testing.  You can even download PDFs of every single product’s USA General Conformity Certificate, which shows that product’s compliance with the safety rules outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Set is no exception, and you can download its certificate here (melissa_and_doug_FingerPaintSet_GCC_20101011).  It is a safe, non-toxic, washable set of finger paints that comes in plastic screw-top tubs.  Unlike some other sets though, it only comes with four colors – red, green, blue, and yellow.  The paints themselves are also thicker than other finger paints (Melissa and Doug describe them as “gel-like”) and are often criticized for being thick, clumpy, and dull in color by several Amazon reviewers.

American Alternative Review:

When Melissa and Doug started out, the company made all its products in the USA.  But as it expanded, it moved all of its manufacturing to CMs (contract manufacturers) in China to increase production and decrease costs.  That means Melissa and Doug’s in-house design team creates and specifies each product and hires factories in China to do the mass production.  This arrangement allows Melissa and Doug to keep the “We are the manufacturer” statement on their website.  The USA General Conformity Certificate also shows that the particular CM for the Melissa and Doug Finger Paint Set is in GuangDong, China.

1.5/5 stars

You can check it out here.  We recommend considering the previously mentioned Clementine Art’s Natural Paint Set or the Crayola Washable Finger Paints instead, which both scored 5/5 stars.

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