I bought some water color for the girls to use awhile back and it was a waste of money. The color didn't show up on the paper and basically it was just a watery mess. That is what I get for buying the cheap kind. I was reluctant to buy any more but wanted to give water color another try. I bought each of the girls and little case of Melissa and Doug's water color and I am so glad I did! Huge difference in quality but not a big difference in price:) I think I paid less then $3 each and they love having their own case.