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We’ve posted many times about the different kinds of painting activities we like to offer our children at the large easels …

but lately drawing at the easel has become very popular …

both inside …

and out.

By offering the children different types of drawing materials …

and assorted sizes of paper …

we are seeing some really in depth …

and ‘up sized’ …

creativity happening …

such as this delightful self portrait …

of Charlotte with her teddy bear!

We have found this to be popular as an activity for one child  to enjoy …

as well as lots of co-operative sharing of the space by two children.

Even our boys who, lets face it, generally are more interested in their gross motor activities as opposed to drawing with fine implements …

are really enjoying the opportunity to use their full arm movements to be creative and with that creativity we’re seeing LOTS of story telling opportunities …

and you can NEVER discount any opportunity, no matter how simple it may seem, to engage our children in literacy of every description!

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7 Responses to “large easel drawing”


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  2. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    I know several teachers who have their large easels out every single day. Do you?

    I’ve often noticed that the kids who won’t go near an easel indoors are drawn to it outdoors, and vice versa.

    ::: Yep! Every single day Tom. Sometimes inside, sometimes out, sometimes both … Welcome back! :) :)


  3. Ah easels – the gift to a preschool that keeps on giving :) I also have to comment on the drawing of the bag – how wonderful is that!

    ::: Jenny the hand holding the handbag is drawn by our friend maggie and yes … she is wonderful! :) :)

  4. avatar Renelik says:

    Can anyone share with me what’s the difference between painting or drawing on an easel and on a tabletop? Is an easel a necessary tool? My children have been painting and drawing on tabletop but I wonder how an easel might help them.

    ::: It is Donna’s belief that when you work upright at an easel your 3 dimension perception is clearer where as a flat surface produces more of a 2 dimensional result. But as Donna is no expert Renelik we’ll post it on our Facebook page as see if anyone can offer a more insightful response! :) :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melbourne-Australia/Irresistible-Ideas-For-Play-Based-Learning/121305887884646?ref=ts

  5. avatar Louise says:

    Yes, we love having our easels outside as well as in too, but haven’t thought of putting 2 pieces of paper up on the one side – just another little twist to get someone’s interest – all good. :)

    ::: We’d love to know if it does create a new interest for your children Louise! :) :)

  6. avatar Louise says:

    PS Have just caught Renelik’s question – and the occupational therapist says that working on a vertical upright surface encourages correct “grip” of brushes, textas etc. Good to do both. :)

    ::: Thanks for that Louise! :) :)

  7. avatar Catherine says:

    This is great. I have a couple of easels for my kids but usually use them outside (mess factor at home) but now I can happily use them inside while we are snowed in. In fact they are doing it right now! By the way, we just spent all morning making a big geoboard and playing with it. I love all the ideas I get from you gals (especially come school holiday time!).

    ::: Thanks Catherine … we can’t really imagine what it would be like to be snowed in for any length of time but we sure a we glad we can help! :) :)

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