J received an easel this past Christmas. I knew it would be something that we could use every day for years! Easels can be so versatile and so much fun for kids. Like many children his age, J doesn’t sit for very long. He is much more likely to be engaged if he is standing or using his whole body. So, an easel is perfect for him.
Since Christmas we haven’t done much with our easel other than painting. At first, he painted every day. But lately, he hasn’t been all that interested. So, I went to my blogging buddies to find some activities that we could set up on or easel. And, man did they come through!
I thought you might like to have these ideas too! So here they are…
When J’s a bit older, I’ll absolutely use this fill in the blank easel stories from No Time for Flash Cards.
Ness from One Perfect Day had her son practice letters using just water on a chalkboard.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds set up drip painting for her students.
What Do We Do All Day? created a fun way to make a collage using all things orange!
Picklebums used foil instead of paper to create a different experience for her kiddo.
Use a book as a prompt to play and turn your easel in to a felt board! Genius idea from Seeking Shade!
The Queen of Easel Play, Deborah from Teach Preschool, has a ton of ideas. Here are a few of my favorites!
A simple smudge painting using makers and water.
A little block building on an easel…brilliant!
We’ve already tried a couple of these out and I have plans to try the others. Do you have a favorite way to play with an easel?