Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wanted: An Easel
A few months back I was visiting my cousin whose daughter loved her wooden art easel. Together, our two girls played happily for a long time with the paint and paintbrushes. When I got home, I started searching the internet for a fair priced easel. It was a harder task than I expected. Easels come in two forms for kids: either they're huge, bulky, plastic, and expensive. Or they're simple, wooden, perfect, and even more expensive.
I try very hard to keep plastics out of my daughter's toy collection. But it's not possible 100% of the time. Plastic toys are cheap - even though they have been shown to be dangerous for children. Wooden toys are natural but very expensive. Little Olive only has a few of them. It stinks that parents need to take out a second mortgage to bring some safe, educational toys for kids into their house.
But I'm not giving up on the easel! My goal is to find a simple, wooden one for my daughter under $20. I think I can do it. Probably not a brand new one by any means, but used is fine with us as long as it's in good condition. I love the designs by Melissa and Doug...but I definitely don't need a name brand to fit our needs either. For Little Olive to be able to express herself and use big/small arm motions to create a picture is what's most important for me. It would be a great way to learn about colors, about mixing, and even about sharing.
What are some educational toys your children like? What are some you'd like to add to your collection?