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Art Easel w Clear panel

Art Easel w Clear panel
Brand: Natural Playgrounds Company
Toxicity: treated with child friendly wood preservative
Age Appropriateness: all ages
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Art Easels are a must on a playground. 33% of children are visual learners, and children who make art read better and get better grades, so art should be an important activity outside as well, because the outdoor environment stimulates all kinds of sensations that children can’t get inside.

Painting directly on these washable, Lexan panels, or on paper attached to them, gives children a place to express themselves. And because they can see the world through the panels, they pay more attention to, and will be challenged trying to capture, the outdoor world and the space that surrounds them.

The other neat thing about these clear, see-through panels is that children can work on both sides which fosters cooperative and parallel play. They can also "trace” each other’s outlines, which is great fun while encouraging social interaction.

It’s well known that art develops hand and eye coordination, stimulates perception, allows exploration of ideas, encourages creative solutions, enhances critical thinking, provides a way to reflect on feelings, and allows children to be more self-aware and to express thoughts or emotions in new ways, so these Art Panels should play a critical role in your outdoor curriculum.

Art Panels are made of indestructible Clear Polycarbonate, and the entire unit is completely washable, which makes cleanup simple.

Standard size Art Panels for childcare centers are a 2x3’, and they have a small shelf 12” off the ground.

Comes as a kit with complete, easy installation instructions.

NOTE: there is also the choice of ordering the easel with a chalkboard, so if you want that, look at that item in the store.

Further notes:

Art easels are each sold separately

The clear polycarbonate panel option encourages children to experiment with different ideas, but also allows teachers to see through the panel so no one can “hide” behind it.

One option, is that children can write directly on the surface with non-permanent markers (although their art won’t be very dark) or with water soluble finger paint. You should experiment a bit with this, because once it dries, some of the water soluble paints are harder to dissolve and remove.

Another option is to just use the panel as a backdrop on which you hang drawing/painting paper with masking tape.

Another option is to get the architectural tracing paper (comes in white and buff, and it’s cheap). Because it’s translucent, if it’s tapd to the clear panel, the kids can kind of see through the paper and “trace” objects they see on the other side or in the distance, or other children who are standing on the backside.

Another option is to mix up slurries of mud, say, or different colored liquid paints, and then use these as you would finger paint.

Another idea is to use different colored, small sticky notes to create collages.

Or get some gel paper (that colored transparent material used for stage spotlights or similar) that can be cut into odd shapes and used to create a “stained glass” look.

And so on :)))
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