Flower painting at the easel

I have shared this idea as an easel starter but my class did such an amazing job exploring this process at the easel that I just can’t help but share our latest experience with flower painting at the easel…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Currently, we have our easel set up for painting in our outdoor classroom. We are constantly putting out different materials at the easel for the children to explore but I must tell you that the number one favorite for my students this year is just having available several colors of paint and paint brushes…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

To follow my student’s lead, I have been making sure we keep different colors of paint and brushes at the easel but today, I also added a set of white paper cupcake holders and a bottle of glue. I showed the children how they can glue the paper cups to their paper so they would know to look for the paper cups if they were interested in giving this a try…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

This was a popular easel painting experience. Each of the children chose how they would like to integrate the paper cups into their painting. Some of the children wanted their paper cups to be glued completely flat on the paper while others only glued the bottoms of the paper cups to the paper and left a more 3D look…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Almost every child chose to paint inside the paper cups in one way or another. Some of the children painted over their paper cups until the cups were completely flat and some gently painted inside to keep the paper cups from going flat…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

In the end, we had all kinds of bright and beautiful easel painting results…

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

As a side note: It wasn’t until this little one started painting that I realized I hadn’t set out green paint in the easel today but I did set out yellow and blue paint. This little one quickly figured out how to make her own green painted stems by mixing the two colors on the easel. I thought that was super cool and brilliant!

Flower Painting at the Easel by Teach Preschool

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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. Jen @ Daycare In Demand April 24, 2013 at 7:58 am - Reply

    This is great–what a fun activity! And what a smart cookie, mixing the blue and yellow on the easel to make green; not sure I would have figured that out myself 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      I was totally surprised myself! I really wondered what she was doing at first and then I realized she was making green! She was way ahead of me:)

  2. Faigie April 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love how you add interest to the easel on a regular basis. Even though it is such a basic component of most early child classrooms its also the most neglected. You go into so many classrooms and see cruddy paint cups and paintbrushes and a dirty easel. It really brings such a freshness to that area and keeps their creativity growing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      I have seen lots of neglected easels in my days as a teacher too Faigie – so I have always made it a personal mission of mine to see what can be done with those easels. I just love them and so do our kids!

  3. Amanda Mason April 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love how this little girl created her own green! It reminds me of the book “Sky Color.” That means you are doing a great job as teacher. You have consistently given your students the tools to create on their own and then here, by accident you did it again! I love those moments when things come together like that and you think, “wow, these kids are amazing!” But this little girl was able to do that because of her past experiences in your class, I am sure! One quick question (I am sorry I am constantly asking them) do you have trouble with the children taking turns at the easel? and if so how do you handle that?

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