Googly-eye easel starters in preschool

Googly eyes are always a big hit in preschool so I thought I would try using them as a fun easel starter…

As I have done for each of my easel starters, I glued the googly eyes to blank sheets of easel paint paper the night before so they would be dry in time for class the next day.  Then I set out the prepared googly-eyed easel papers as well as blank sheets of easel paper and a set of easel paint colors for the children to explore the easel painting process…

Unlike my other easel starters, I did not tie the googly-eye easel starters into any other part of our day. They were just ready to go for the taking.  I loved observing the different choices each child made as to what they wanted to do with this process…

Even children who don’t normally “opt-in” on the easel painting process decided to give the googly-eyed easel painting a try…

One of my favorite things is when two or more children stand at the easel and have a discussion about their paintings. These two boys stood together while one of them painted and the other one made suggestions along the way. They were truly collaborating on a piece of art which I happen to think is super, super cool…

The googly-eye easel starter resulted in some very fun paintings. The children were quite creative and took their time painting until they felt their painting was finished…

A super simple way to add a little fun to the easel painting experience…

I just have to add a few more photos below so you can see the broad range of creative expression we had going on here…

Simply beautiful!

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By |2012-05-27T08:00:38+00:00May 27th, 2012|

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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. Pam May 27, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This has got to be one of the easiest, most awesome ideas you have ever posted. Friday is our last day, I am hoping to squeeze this in.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      It’s funny how the easiest ideas can really be the most fun in the classroom!

  2. amber May 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    oh we are going to do this soon. Painting is one of our favorite activities thanks now why had I not thought of that? So fun!

  3. Teresa rebelo May 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    So nice…very good!!!Thanks for sharing !
    Teresa Rebelo

  4. Denise Funfsinn May 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    What an elegantly simple idea! Giving children choices, options- that is what it is all about!

  5. Tami May 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I just shared this on facebook. What a great way to get the children started with their painting.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing on Facebook! Such a sweet thing to do:)

  6. crystal@growingajeweledrose May 28, 2012 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I love all of the easel starters you have share, but this one is a favorite 🙂

  7. Shelly May 28, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Do you have any ideas for an end of the year party? I have 6 students plus mommies and siblings. My classroom is small. I was thinking of doing pizza and an outside activity like water balloons and bubbles. I have an awesome group of kids, but when the mommies show up, class rules kind of disappear.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 28, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi Shelly,

      Haha – I have the same problem:) Well a pizza party would be fun – perhaps the moms and kids could work together to make their own pizzas? But if you want to keep things fairly simple here are a few suggestions…

      1. Make ice cream sundaes (children and moms add their own toppings)
      2. Have a picnic outside.
      3. Make a memory bottle or memory book (set out a clean plastic water bottle or blank paper book for each child – let the children fill the bottles with items to remember their school year or draw pictures and sign each other’s books).
      4. Set out buckets of water and paint brushes for the children to paint anything they want while outside.
      5. And keep your bubbles and water balloons for more outdoor fun.

  8. Eddie May 28, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

    This is brilliant! We can’t resist a good googly eye craft/activity around here!

  9. Maro May 28, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    This idea is great! It is so simple and creative! I will definitely try it!

  10. Pam C May 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Easel starters? I love this idea! Such a fun, yet simple way to spark imagination and from your post collaboration. What a brain you have lady! Amazing, just amazing!

  11. andie jaye May 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    what a great eye-dea! this definitely started some very creative art.

  12. Lindsy May 30, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Googly eyes make everything more fun 🙂 What a great idea! I’m adding this to our Eye activities next fall, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing it before then too. Thanks!

  13. Vicky May 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Such a great idea! And they sell googly eyes at the dollar store so it’s frugal too. 🙂 Vicky from

  14. Amii June 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Tried this idea with my pre-schoolers yesterday. They loved it, one little boy spent his time pulling off the eyes on his paper saying, “Now it can’t see.” 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Haha – got some good fine motor work in!

  15. Vicki Blacken June 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    As always, you’ve given us all another fun, simple, and very creative idea to get our children started on a terrific painting experience! Have you also tried a single, colorful pompom as an easel starter? We did this last week and it was a bit hit! I thought the children would visualize the poms as the middle of a flower blossom, but they all had different ideas when they saw the pompom glued onto their paper. So each painting turned out quite different and lovely. I love the individual creativity this simple item provides for them! Thanks.

    • Jocelyn September 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      I love this idea, and it opens up so many more!! Thank you 🙂

  16. Jocelyn September 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    We did this last Thursday (our Friday)!! But we used markers and feathers. I told them they could make whatever they wanted out of the papers and used two examples; what that I had made into a face, and another that I made into flowers. One artistic soul made his into a clock. I LOVE what they can come up with on their own!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Love it Jocelyn! I especially love how you put your own spin on the idea!

  17. Catherine September 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT! I’m going to share this idea with my EELP neighbor and use with my whole class (I’m pre-K and K). Can’t wait!!!!

  18. Roz Karp September 18, 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

    As usual, your ideas are fantastic. I would like to see what they’d do with a toothpick, straw, button etc glued on to a blank sheet. I love the open endedness of the activities. Too many teachers make a sample for the children to copy. Have you seen that once you praise a child’s painting that many of them will do the same thing over and over? I have seen that over the years.. Great Stuff!!!

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