Twos at the easel in preschool

In this twos classroom, easel painting is part of the daily routine. The children know how to get their own paint smock, slip it over their head, and then they head over to an open easel where paint, brushes, and paper is ready and waiting for them.

Some days they paint on short paper and other days they paint on large sheets of easel paper. The teachers change the kind of paper routinely. As the children start to paint, the teacher places the child’s name at the top of the paper.

The children like to mix the paint colors and many of them enjoy painting the entire page – reaching up high to paint the top seems to be a favorite.

Easel painting is something these two year olds have mastered over time and with a great deal of practice. By giving the children opportunity to explore the paint and practice painting on the easel, it has become a natural part of their day. A child who has never explored painting at the easel is likely to paint on everything but the easel the first few times but don’t give up – instead continue to offer the opportunity to try and see the growth and development improve.

By |2010-05-05T08:00:43+00:00May 5th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Christina May 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm - Reply

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  2. Teacher Tom May 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Not only do we like to change out paper, but we also change out our “brushes.” We use toothbrushes, toilet brushes, fly swatters, sponges, fingers, sticks, breyers, and just about anything we can lay our hands on. We also change out our paint, using tempera, water color, mud, foam paint, etc.

    We’ve never made a daily activity of it (perhaps we should) but when we do get out the easels, we make many dozen paintings every time.
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    • Deborah J. Stewart May 6, 2010 at 12:06 am - Reply

      The easels are left as an option daily in these classrooms but they don’t change out the tools or paint type like you described very often. I think I will encourage them to try this.

  3. Scott May 6, 2010 at 8:15 am - Reply

    We use the easel every week, usually for painting. (If we’re painting elsewhere, we use the easel for drawing, magnets, etc.) By using it regularly, the kids learn how to do it with little mess and fuss – and their results become more complex. I haven’t changed out the brushes, etc. but that’s a good idea. Thanks, Tom.
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