collage of spices and paints

Have you been using the easel lately?  In all my years of teaching, the easel is something I just couldn’t do without!  I won’t go on about it’s many benefits, but if you don’t have one in your classroom or house, I highly recommend getting one!  Ikea even has one for $20!  Throw a shower curtain under it, and hang another on the wall next to it and all your fears are dismissed 🙂

Just providing regular old tempera paint is perfect at the easel, but sometimes you might want to spice things up a little.  Here’s a short list of additions to change the scent or texture of the paint, providing a whole different experience for the kids! 

Things to Add to Your Easel Paint
Texture                                  Scent

Wood shavings                       Shampoo or conditioner
Cornmeal                                Toothpaste
Coffee Grounds                       Spices
Sand                                        Extracts (peppermint, vanilla, etc.)
Cornstarch                               Body lotion

Now let your imagination run wild, and come up with some other ideas that your kids will love!