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?


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

or try this on
made this easel for my 5 year old niece. It was tweaked from another Ana plan. I used dry erase board and added oversized paper clips at the top to hold sheets of paper. It has turned into a very loved possession.
From Plan: Schoolhouse Chalkboard
Estimated Cost: $20
Estimated Time Investment: Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: Beginner
Type of Wood: Pine
Finish Used: Two Coats of a creamy oops!

Maggie said...

Wow, thank you so much! :)

Faith E. Hough said...

I don't know if there's an IKEA near you, but they have a great wooden easel for about $15!

Sam Smith said...

I have been looking for more educational toys for kids for my two daughters. An easel is a great idea! They are at the perfect age they would love it, and it would help them with there shapes and alphabet.