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Best Paintbrushes for Preschoolers


Painting is an important part of the preschool experience. While children may start with their hands, they will soon learn to use other tools to create their own unique works of art. Learning to use paintbrushes is not only fun, but it also promotes creativity and helps develop fine motor skills. We’ve chosen the best paintbrushes for preschoolers based on quality and how easy they are for young children to hold.

Children will love using this colorful jumbo paintbrush set to splash paint onto paper. The brushes have large tips that make them easy for preschool-aged children to hold and manipulate. The brush tips are easy to clean with a bit of soap and water. The set comes with four large brushes with big, easy-to-grip handles. A great option for 2- to 4-years-olds.

Most Versatile

Crayola Big Paint Brushes (4 Count Round), Great for Kids (Toy)

List Price: $5.99 USD
New From: $3.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

One of the best things about this brush set from Crayola is the variety of different brush sizes. Kids get to experiment with detailed lines when using the smaller brush, or creating full coverage with the larger brush. This can be especially educational as it helps younger children learn about spatial relationships. The wood handles on the brushes are vibrantly colored and have a slight metallic effect that kids will love. Recommended for 3- to 10-year-olds.

This 10-piece set is a great option for groups, classrooms or the child who is always in need of an extra brush. The brushes themselves are large and have stiff hog bristles that can hold a large amount of paint. The bristles are easy to clean with a bit of soap and water and can be reused over and over again. The brush handles are thick and easy to hold, making this a great option for younger children. Recommended for kids over 3.

Anybody looking for good value will find it with this set of 24 brushes. They are great for a party or classroom, or for a child’s arts and crafts time. The brushes can be used with many types of paint, including watercolor and acrylic, giving kids plenty of room to experiment. The plastic handles come in an assortment of colors and are a good size for kids. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Easiest to Hold

ROYAL BRUSH BK687 5-Piece Big Kids Choice Chubby Arts and Crafts Brush Set (Kitchen)

List Price: $6.99 USD
New From: $9.10 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

This brush set has a lot to offer. The handles are thick and round, making them easy for children to hold. They also feature a plastic grip on the handle that keeps them from slipping. The five brushes in the set come in different sizes and styles, including both flat and round brushes. Variety is great for helping children learn the basics of art — especially shapes and spatial relationships — and provides plenty of room for experimentation. This is a great option for children ages 3 and up.

Expert Commentary

“Painting with preschool children has the positive benefits of motor skill development and creativity. However, planning is required to avoid paint landing places where it is hard to clean up. Have a plan for where the brushes and clothes will be stored once the painting is complete.”

Our Expert Consultant

Jill Goodwin

Jill Goodwin is an environmental scientist and working mother of one. She and her husband, an archaeologist, reside in Florida and have deep expertise around things outside of the house that you and your child may encounter. From taking their daughter to find reptiles and amphibians in the swamps to testing the chemical impact of the top sunscreens, Jill is here to help you find the best for your child.