DIY: Window easel for preschool

As I have mentioned before, I have been setting up my outdoor classroom and so far my husband has made the biggest difference by making me the sensory table and the tinker table. With the left over wood, he also made me this wonderful window easel…

The window easel may also be called a sensory window.  The window easel is 4 feet tall from floor to top and 4 feet wide. The actual window part is 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. The legs are just 2×4’s and the two trays on either side of the easel were made from the left-over squares of plywood that were cut out of the sensory tables.

I didn’t get a chance to take very many pictures of the window as my husband built it because he kicked me out of the garage! The windows are Plexiglass from Home Depot. My husband said buying one large sheet of plexiglass was far more expensive then buying two smaller pieces so this is why the window easel has two panes. I didn’t care either way….

When we were planning the window easel, I asked my husband if he could add a cup holder so I could keep paint and water and other supplies with the window easel…

After the window easel was completed, we painted it yellow which seemed very sunny to me…

Later, my husband added hooks just under each cup holder for paint smocks or rags or whatever else I might think of hanging there…

I pushed those little rings like you use to make books through the corners of wash cloths and hung the wash cloths up on the hooks for now. I think they will be good for wiping off the windows as the children play with things like window markers. dry erase markers, water, and other items on the windows…

If you have any questions about building this window easel, you can leave a comment below and I will ask my husband for some more information…

See this post for a list of links to window activities

 

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By |2011-07-22T01:00:17+00:00July 22nd, 2011|

About the Author:

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.

30 Comments

  1. Kierna July 22, 2011 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I want a husband like that too!! It’s brilliant – can’t wait to see what your children do with it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 9:50 am - Reply

      I am looking forward to putting it into action too!

  2. Stacie July 22, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply

    This is so cool! What a creative husband and wife team! I love it….hmmm, not so sure I can convince my hubby to give it a try! 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 9:50 am - Reply

      I didn’t think I could either but he did! Yay!

  3. Sherry and Donna July 22, 2011 at 8:29 am - Reply

    NICE … Like you I have a very handy husband Deborah … what a shame I don’t have my very own preschool!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Haha – you could make one to play with at home anyway!!

  4. Kristah July 22, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I love this. I wish I had a handy husband.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Find a handy parent or friend:)

  5. Laura Major July 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Oh My Gosh! That is SO Awesome Deborah! What a great carpenter your hubby is! I’ve got a “fixer” too and I’m so glad because I need a lot of fixing done! 😉
    And what makes this even More Awesome….You made it into a PDF! You Rock My Friend!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      The PDF helps folks print a nice article rather than a messy one:)

  6. Natty ed Elisa July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    wow is a beatifull and great creation. Your husband have an artist’s hands. 🙂 ciao ciao

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you Natty:)

  7. KM July 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Can I come and play????? Your out door wonderland is going to be better than any amusement park!!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 24, 2011 at 1:46 am - Reply

      I hope you will come and play sometime – I know it is not too terribly far for you:)

  8. Holly July 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I sent you a little shout out in my blog post today. Come check it out if you have time. 🙂

    Thanks!

    Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 24, 2011 at 1:46 am - Reply

      Of course I have the time! I will hop right over:)

  9. Cheri July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Love it! Make sure you let your husband know that we all think this is a great gift to you AND the kids and looks beautiful! I love the 2 panes concept because I would guess it makes it a bit sturdier and defines 2 distinct spaces to be used (or is that 4 if they use BOTH sides!?!) I’d love to see some color exploration/mixing with different colors on opposite sides and see what the kids come up with. : ) Enjoy and keep us posted. Blessings to you and yours. . .

  10. Trish July 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I would love to know the exact sizes of the plexiglass and thickness. I am getting my husband and his friend to make me this next week. I went to a store today to check out the cost of the plexiglass and it was wayyyy to thin. 1/10″ ….can you ask your husband the thickness he used please and sizes?
    Thanks,
    Trish

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Yes – I will send you an email tomorrow. I have to ask my husband for the details so I will get him to help me provide you the answers. He is already in bed tonight or I wouldn’t make you wait til tomorrow! Look for my email!

  11. Mama Pea Pod July 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Wow, truly inspired! And how wonderful to have such a handy husband….feeling a bit envious actually! Mine can’t hang a picture frame. ;-p

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      I am the one around here that can’t hang a picture frame:)

  12. Karen @ PreKinders July 31, 2011 at 9:21 am - Reply

    You are SO fortunate to have someone to build things for you!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 31, 2011 at 11:28 am - Reply

      I feel very fortunate:)

  13. Trish August 1, 2011 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Deborah….help….I don’t know if I accidently deleted your email or not. I hope not. They are going to start construction of my “stuff” today and I need the thickness of the plexiglass, measurements, etc. Thanks.Sorry to be a pain.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 31, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      1/8th inch Trish!

  14. Angie Gould September 11, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I LOVE this – and I’m SOOO going to do it!! I have plexi glass left over that I used on my stair railing – THANK YOU for posting this 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 11, 2011 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Awesome Angie!

  15. Audra Hagert May 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    What thickness is your easel acrylic?

    Everything I find seems so flimsy.

    Thanks for any help!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 31, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      About 1/8 inch. It’s still flexible but placed inside the frame, it helps keep it firm. It came from Home Depot.

  16. Heather May 23, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Do you have step by step instructions for building the frame with measurements?

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