Simple Provocations: Adding Interest to the Easel

Adding New Materials to the Painting Easel - An Everyday Story

Simple Provocations Engaging Explorations You Can Set Up in Minutes - An Everyday Story

I’ve been thinking about different ways Jack (5.5 yrs) and Sarah (3.5yrs) could use the easel.

For this provocation I simply clipped some plastic mesh to the easel. I thought it was interestingly textured and would create some nice patterns.

I put out the paper, clipped on the mesh, added paint pots (red, blue, and white) in clear containers and brushes. Make sure you have extra paper ready as well as plenty of paint.

Adding New Materials to the Painting Easel - An Everyday Story

Don’t be afraid to let your child really get in there with their hands. We want them to rub their hands over the material and explore the texture. Here’s a short Instagram video of Sarah paintingAdding New Materials to the Painting Easel - An Everyday Story

What might you have in the garden shed or hanging about which could be added to the easel to add a little texture and interest?

4 Replies to “Simple Provocations: Adding Interest to the Easel”

  1. What a neat idea! I’m always trying to come up with different ways to think outside the box. I love this, thanks!

  2. Lace also produces some fine results, and particularly nice wrapping paper

  3. I saw this on your IG account and loved how involved Sarah is with the paint, whole body play here!!! So creative 🙂

  4. Beautiful, I might have to get some avocados today just for the bag…

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