Handmade paint brushes for preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 12, 2010

in Creative Art, DIY, Homemade Paintbrushes, Teaching Tools and Resources

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

And this Wonderful Collection of Painting Activities by Pocket Full of Posies!

And this awesome paint brush by House of Baby Piranha!


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1 Elise July 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

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

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

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

4 Vanessa July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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

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

6 Michelle July 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

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

7 Deborah J. Stewart July 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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

8 Clemencia July 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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 :)

9 Deborah J. Stewart July 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

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

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