I have been thinking about getting a table and an easel for Clara for the last few months. She loves to paint and draw, so I know she would love it. Unfortunately, I have just not felt like I wanted to spend the money or that I want to devote the room to it in my living space. Selfish, a little, but also practical. How long would she really use it for? Then I stumbled upon this book, which I highly recommend. Highly. I have been totally inspired by it. They have a section on paint, doughs, things that make marks, things that stick, things that make impressions, and just cool stuff that you can make for your toddler (or they can help you make). I’m sure that I will be reporting on a large number of things that Clara and I do from this book. This is just the first.
Anyway, when I went shopping this morning, I was inspired to make Clara a surprise. I purchase the following things: one plastic tablecloth ($1) and one pizza box ($0.75) at the grocery store. Then I came home and found a big box that sits about one and a half feet tall, some good, strong tape, two binder clips, and one Cheerios box. I taped the tablecloth around the big box, wrapping it like I would a Christmas present. Then I opened the pizza box, put the Cheerios box inside it so that the pizza box would stay open, and taped it there. Then I taped the binder clips onto the pizza box. Whala! Toddler art table and easel!
The best thing about it is that I don’t care about it if paint gets all over it. I can wipe down the plastic tablecloth if need be. I can store the whole thing in the closet and just get it out when we’re doing projects, and two kiddos could use the easel if I “installed” another set of binder clips on the other side of the pizza box. Plus, Clara’s sloppy painting can decorate it.