I was going to buy a different set, but those were out of stock when I was able to put in my order. So, I bought these instead thanks to a tight budget. The kids (ages 2-5) really enjoyed them once we got the paint started (shake and then daub for them a couple of times). Then the paint Flowed A Lot! More than we expected... So it's definitely messy, but fun. Make sure you wipe up right after so it will come off the table. Double up paper if you don't have heavyweight paper. Also, have the kids wash their hands - their hands will be lightly stained, but do wash up after awhile.