This blog is here for you to find fun learning activities to do with your children. We share great ideas we find and love on the Internet, as well as ideas we come up with on our own! We also like to share resources we find helpful.

To find ideas for your child, click on the age range blog label or on the theme/topic you are looking for (on the left side of the page). In each post, we try to list optimal age ranges for the activity, but you must judge for yourself if it is appropriate for your child. When you try an activity out, please comment and let us (and everyone else) know how your child liked it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Surviving Winter: The Easel

The easel is one of those sweet blessing from heaven. This thing keeps my children happy for hours, upon hours, upon hours (not in a row, just in general). Our easel is from IKEA--it was 20-30 dollars. Amazing. It can have paper, has a white board, and has a chalkboard. That means writing with markers, crayons, chalk, paint, pencils, pens, etc. We like it so much we got the Melissa & Doug Easel Accessory Set for Christmas. It is about as much as our easel was alone, but well worth it if you don't have the supplies. And those paint cups are fabulous. Oh, and by the way, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel is only $43 and has a tray on both sides of the easel, so that is a nice feature. It is very, very well rated.

Anyway, this is a great activity to have for indoor play. I highly recommend it. It is great for creative art projects and gross motor as well as fine motor control.


Jessica said...

Just a tip for anyone who has an AC Moore nearby, they generally have a 50% off coupon in their Sunday paper insert each week. You can use that coupon on the Melissa & Doug items to get 50% off! They will also run sales for Melissa & Doug, either 50% off, or B1G1 (essentially 50% off as well). This is how I get all of our daughter's M&D stuff.

Plowmanators said...

I am so jealous right now.

Kim Wyffels said...

What age do you think is appropriate to begin having fun with an easel? The age recommendation is 3, but I'm hoping a younger toddler would be able to enjoy it???

Plowmanators said...

Oh for sure! We got ours when Brayden was 4 and kaitlyn was 2. McKenna recently just turned 3 and has long enjoyed the easle


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