Archive for the ‘Easel’ Category

Easel Activities #20

April 20, 2010

A Splash of Salt

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Dissolve salt in warm water. The solution should be super-saturated, add salt until no more will dissolve in the water and you see the salt floating at the bottom of your container. Have your child draw on a dark piece of construction paper with crayons. Then have your child brush the salt solution over the paper. The crayon will resist the salt water. Dry the painting flat. When the painting is completely dry, you can, as an optional step, spray the painting with Aquanet to hold the salt chunks in place. I am told the only hairspray that will work is Aquanet. Once dry, the salt solution will create a sparkly effect on the paper.


Easel Activities #19

April 19, 2010

Flower Fun



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With so many varieties of flowers to choose from, painting with flowers this time of year can be a lot of fun. However, you can choose to paint with fake flowers, they may not smell as nice, but they are sturdier. For this activity we chose the flowers we wanted to use together, Lilacs. Although we could have used any colors, I used this as an opportunity to compare paint colors to colors we see in our world. I made two shades of purple by adding water to one of the containers. This thinned out the paint, and provided two consistencies of paint to experiment with.
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Easel Activities #18

April 18, 2010

Look Ma No Hands

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Attach a paint brush to a baseball cap with duct tape. Demonstrate how to dip the brush in the paint, and then let them at it.


We did “No peeking” and “Look ma No Hands” on the same day. He absolutely loved both activities, and went back and forth from wearing the cap, to wearing the mask, and at some point discovered he could use three brushes at one time.

Easel Activities #17

April 17, 2010

No Peeking!

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I was a little hesitant to try this activity. As it turns out, it was perfect for my four year old. He didn’t like the idea of a bandanna, so I put duct tape over the eyes of his favorite mask. Every once in awhile he would lift up the mask to see what he had created. We would also talk about what he had done.

Easel Activity #16

April 16, 2010

Flip-Flop Fun 

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I purchased these flip-flops at the dollar store. Again, as with all stamping, it is best if you put a small amount of paint in a shallow tray. If I were to do this activity again, I would pull out several pairs of old shoes to stamp with, allowing for more choice, and an opportunity to talk about texture.

Easel Activities #15

April 15, 2010

Cool Kool-Aid

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Purchase Kool-Aid packets (the small packets without the sugar added) to make your own super sensory water color. Add one packet of Kool-Aid to about 1/4 of a cup of water. Again, this is another activity that lets your child practice mixing and measuring.

At first this artist started painting gently. I believe he wanted to paint R2-D2. 

Then he discovered the fun of flinging. With each fling he would yell, “Ah Ha!”

Easel Activities #14

April 14, 2010


Finger Painting

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Help your child mix their own finger paints. Let them choose their paint colors, and then let them scoop and mix in corn starch to a desired consistency. Aside from helping your child learn that it is ok to get our fingers dirty, this activity also allows your child time to practice mixing and measuring.


Easel Activities #13

April 13, 2010

Fly Swatter

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Get ready for a splattering good time with this activity! Many of our little artists were taking a “Batter’s Up” stance to create their pieces of art. WARNING: Do not attempt to stop your child once they have started. They will pass out from exhaustion when they are done, until then…stand back!

Easel Activities #12

April 12, 2010

Sponge Stamping

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Purchase sponge stamps or make your own for this easy activity. This activity is a great way to introduce and talk about shapes, as well as types of lines. For best results use a shallow tray for your paints and put a little bit of paint in at a time. During holidays or for special events create appropriate shapes. For extra fun, if your child is ready to use scissors, let them create their own unique sponge shapes.

Use sponge stamps with a variety of textures and shapes. The little boy in the photo enjoyed choosing and exploring the shapes at least as much, if not more, than painting with them.

Easel Activities #11

April 11, 2010

Colorful Bubbles

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I am basically going to let the pictures below do the talking. The only additional information you might need is that I colored the bubbles with food coloring. This activity was such a hit at the art center that we used twice as many bubbles as I though we would, and I think the kids would have liked even more than that. This is a perfect activity for a day when you don’t want to be so…interactive (not that a parent would ever feel that way.)