Best Paintbrushes for Toddlers

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This set includes 22 brushes, six paint cups with spill-proof lids and two paint trays. This kit will keep kids organized, less messy, give them plenty of variety in their choice of brushes and encourage them to explore their imagination and creativity. There are large round brushes, flat brushes in varying sizes and fine brushes that are perfect for small details. These paint cups have specially designed lids that are made to still allow access to the paint but prevent any from spilling out, keeping the space clean. The little paint trays are also great at separating colors while kids work.

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These brushes have brightly colored red, yellow, green or blue handles and thick, high-quality hog bristles. The handles are wide and easy to grip, and the bristles can be easily washed with soap and water. There are four flat brushes and four round brushes, so kids can have a variety in painting style while not needing to wash their brush for every new color. These basic brushes give kids great tools for any creative project they may have.

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Melissa & Doug have been fine-tuning their products for over three decades to accommodate children of all ages and grade levels. The Jumbo Brush Set provides the perfect tools for young artists. Bright, inviting colors catch curious eyes. The easy-to-grip, sturdy handles give little hands more control while they create their masterpieces. These brushes are guaranteed to spark creativity and hands-on learning. Recommended for 2- to 4-year-olds.

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Crayola is one of the biggest names in children’s activities for a reason. Crayola Big Paint Brushes give toddlers the assortment of tools needed to bring their imaginations to life. The brush bristles have rounded tips and range in size from broad to fine. The larger brush is good for beginners who need full coverage in less time, while the thinner options help develop dexterity and attention to detail. The soft, synthetic fibers hold a good amount of paint for fewer refills. They are also gentle enough not to tear through paper, even when pressure is applied. This set benefits children through creative play as they learn and grow. The brushes are made with nontoxic materials, which will ease worries about kids who haven’t outgrown the chewing stage. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10.

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Children are known to be a little rough on their toys, but these US Art Supply brushes can hold their own. The oversized round handles have a slightly textured feel for a better grip, giving little hands more control while exploring new art techniques. Bright colors give them added appeal and help spark children’s imaginations. The bristles will stay in place whether used with paint, glue or other creative materials, so toddlers can create without getting their hands dirty. If they make a mess, the paintbrushes wash easily for future use. Recommended for children over 3 years old.

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Bright colors invite toddlers to reach for these sturdy paintbrushes. Their imaginations will run wild as they practice hand coordination along the canvas, paper or other medium of their choice. The extra-thick handles aid with control and the rounded, lush bristles offer maximum coverage. Flat brushes are also included to help expand children’s techniques and aid in the filling in of larger areas. They can be used for just about any craft or art project with many different types of paint and are great for preschoolers just beginning to explore the wonderful world of color and art. Ideal for children ages 2 and older.

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Painting projects can be messy, especially when toddlers are involved. The Creativity Street colossal paintbrushes make creating art easy while keeping messes manageable. A metal shield at the base of the bristles prevents paint from creeping up the handle and onto tiny hands, while easy-to-wash bristles come clean in minutes. The large handles also give youngsters the extra sturdiness needed for line and shape practice. These are a great option for children ages 3 and older and also work well for elderly or disabled artists.

Expert Commentary

“The outlet of painting has proven benefits beyond motor skill development and gives kids the ability to communicate without using words. Take extra care to prepare the place you plan to paint, as well as the clothes all parties are wearing. Showing examples of art before and after the firsthand painting experience can help with ideas and inspiration.”