What are Easel Starters?
Why Easel Starters?
- They are easy for you to set up and you can use any old thing you have around the house. If you have cue tips, food colouring and water then - voila! - that can be the day's easel starter!
- They empower the child to create independently and instill a sense of creative pride.
- They incite curiosity and light a fire under the creative spirit.
- They advance a child's fine motor skills.
- They give mama a bit of a break dammit!
How to Introduce Today's Easel Starter: Orange and Yellow Study with Feathers.
- Set out two dishes of watercolour and a piece of watercolour paper. I have used orange and yellow for a study in warm colours.
- Choose a tool with which your child will paint. I have chosen feathers in the corresponding colours.
- Add orange and yellow pencil crayons for your child to add details to the piece. (As an alternative, add only a red pencil crayon to provide another warm colour for study).
- Let your child find the easel starter on his own by making sure it is located in a comfortable space where you expect him to find it and settle in to work at it. Once, he has found it - encourage him to create but don't engage in the process of creation yourself. This is intended to be an independent activity. If your child decides not to engage - that is fine too but, in my experience, this is a very rare phenomenon.
- Hang the masterpiece on your fridge with pride!