This time every year I have to spend my budget or the district will take whats left. So I go on a buying spree. This year I bought these paint brushes. These are Loew-Cornell Taklon Soft Grip Brush's. The kids were very excited because there are some of the nicest brushes I have bought for my classroom. The brushes have these soft squishy grips and the kids think that they can paint better with them. The handles are clear blue acrylic and I think that will be a bonus when cleaning them. I hate it when I leave brushes in water overnight and the wood handle swells and cracks the paint.