How to Spice Up Your Easel

While the easel has traditionally been used for painting and drawing, it can be used for so much more, you just have to use your imagination and be willing to deal with the creative 'messes' left behind! Sherry and Donna, preschool teachers and creators of the blog Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, did just that and were thrilled at the response and results! Supplies You'll Need

Traditional Supplies:
- Kids Easel
- Easel or chart paper
- Tempera paint
- Assorted paint brushes for kids
- Crayola markers

Unusual Supplies:
- Craft glue
- Kids craft scissors
- Craft feathers
- Cotton balls
- Colorful baking cups (miniature)
- Recycled greeting cards
- Any other craft items you can think of!

By adding other craft supplies in the mix, your students will explore unique textures and dimensions in their artwork. Working with scissors will strengthen fine motor skills. Curiosity about recycled greeting cards will promote letter recognition and literacy. Overall, spicing up your classroom easel has little chance at failure. In reality, it can only introduce your students to new sensory experiences and genuine learning!

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