Handmade paint brushes for preschool

This summer, the students explored paint brushes. The goal was to give the children opportunity to discover the different textures, designs, and look that they could achieve as they used each style of paint brush.

The paint brushes were made from a variety of materials including….

  • construction paper
  • feathers
  • yarn
  • bubble wrap

…and pipe cleaners

I wasn’t able to catch each class in the action of using most of the paint brushes but I did capture this class using one of the pipe cleaner paint brushes…

Two colors of paint was set out to start with.

I found that many of the children would start off taking their time and their artwork began to show beautiful design work.

But the children were enjoying  the painting process and so eventually….

….Their designs turned out more like this.

And some just loved how the brush would swirl the paint.

Others just wanted to explore the mixture of the two colors.

Every little artist had their own preference and style.

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Links to Grow On

Be sure to check out this list of Everything You Can Paint with But the Brush!

And this awesome paint brush by House of Baby Piranha!


By |2010-07-12T07:00:38+00:00July 12th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Elise July 12, 2010 at 8:10 am - Reply

    We really enjoy experimenting with different tools when it comes to creating and painting. The children in your class would have created so many interesting effects with all of the different supplies you had on hand – what fun!

  2. Scott July 12, 2010 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Some really great ideas. We made brushes from newspaper, similar to the paper one above. (Roll into a tube and tape. Fringe one edge.)

  3. Rosana July 12, 2010 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing…you are the best.
    Hugs from Brazil

  4. Vanessa July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a great idea….I would have never thought to use pipe cleaners like that~

  5. Jenny July 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to try this out when we get back to Preschool Deborah.

  6. Michelle July 13, 2010 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I love it, the children can make brushes and then use what they made to create their own art.
    Thanks, Michelle

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      For sure – the children can make their own paint brushes and the ideas are really limitless!

  7. Clemencia July 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    thank you so much for posting this awesome idea. I’ve been wanting to do something different with popsicle sticks and this is just great! thanks 🙂

  8. Deborah J. Stewart July 14, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Have fun creating Clemencia – you can really get some fun ideas with this…

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