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Gray Kindergarten Paint Brushes, Short Cow Hair Bristles
Kindergarten Paintbrushes, Short Cow Hair Bristles Arts and Crafts - Alder & Alouette

Kindergarten Paintbrushes, Short Cow Hair Bristles-Waldorf Preferred

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Short Cow Hair Brush, FSC certified wood handle, for Kindergarten/Preschool.

It’s often hard for children to keep a long handle properly balanced in their small hands. With this in mind, we have included a special, shorter and wider handled brush for Kindergartners and Preschoolers, as well as those first and second graders who still prefer the shorter brush.

The brush has soft bristles made of cow hair, a rust-proof, closed ferrule, is made of certified sustainable wood and comes in three sizes: #18, #20 and #22. 


If you are looking for the recommended Waldorf paintbrush for PreK and Kindergarten, choose the #22. 

This paintbrush has an 8.66”long handle with a 0.87” wide brush. This brush will produce a 1” wide brush stroke and can cover large areas.  This is THE brush for PreK and Kindergarten in a Waldorf school or for a Waldorf inspired homeschool.

Many children continue to use this brush while they are still small in first and second grade to cover large areas of the paper with an easy to hold shorter brush. 
As children begin to develop better fine motor skills in their hand in the first and second grades, you may want to add a slightly smaller brush head in the #20 and finally, the #18 to their collection of choices.


  • #18 / 0.71''x8.66''
  • #20 / 0.79''x8.66''
  • #22 / 0.87''x8.66''



Our full FSC brushes are made of German cow hair, and/or Ilthis (polecat) hair and have a birch wooden handle finished in a white wax. The ferrule is closed and rust proof, if taken care of properly. 

The wood is obtained from responsible and controlled forestry in Germany and the Baltic States. The wax used to impregnate the wood is entirely from natural ingredients. The big advantage of this “coating” is that water and paint do not adversely affect the handle and damage it.

The handle has a nice natural “look” and feels somewhat rougher than if it was lacquered. This improves the grip. The bristles are soft, flexible and retain their shape, have a high uptake capacity and are ideally suited for all techniques of watercolour painting.

If these quality brushes are used, cleaned and stored properly, they last for years without loss of hair and/or form.



Do not use synthetic and chemical products when painting or cleaning. Just rinse under the tap with lukewarm (not hot) water.

It is most important to let the brush hang to dry, with the bristles down. In this way, you give the water time to drain out of the brush so that the glue is not dissolved in the ferrule, which attaches the hair to the handle. Leaving the brush soaking in water will eventually dissolve the glue and loosen the brush hairs!