Mini-plexiglass easels for the preschool classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 18, 2011

in Drawing, Plexiglass mini-easels, Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers, Reading and Writing Readiness

Window markers and dry-erase crayons are a new addition to my classroom this year. I purchased them in part to use on my large plexiglass easel thoughout the school year but I also wanted to provide some unique opportunities for individual writing and drawing…

I often use sign holders for displaying my Teach Preschool posters when I go to conferences or community events. I had several clear Plexiglass sign holders stashed away so I figured I might as well put them to good use…

Normally, you stand the sign holders up on the base but for drawing on them, I tipped the Plexiglass signs back which made a nice easel-like surface…

When I put out crayons for Wy to use, he usually gives a quick scribble then is ready to move on to something else. The combination of new writing tools and a new writing surface has peeked Wy’s interest in the drawing process a little more effectively…

The window crayon does wipe off of the Plexiglass easel with a paper towel but I found that if the paper towel is slightly damp, it wipes off much easier. I am going to play around with different materials to see if any of them work better than another for wiping off the markings without having to get them damp…

For the beginning of the school year, I will set the easels out on the table as an alternative way to explore the drawing process. Eventually, I will add other dimensions of play and exploration using these little Plexiglass easels but for now, I want the children to just explore the easels, the markers, and the process…

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1 Leeanne A August 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

OH great idea – I have some of those somewhere – I hope to get all my stuff organized wihtin the next 2 weeks – So I should be able to find them and put mine to good use as well! Thanks for the idea Deborah!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

You are welcome Leeanne:)

3 Kristah August 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

so where do you get signs like that?

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

Hi Kristah,
They are available in almost any office supply store.

5 Andie August 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

You could put a piece of paper inside the sign so the drawings would be more visible… would be fun to change colors of paper and see how the drawing looks on different colors.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

Definitely a great way to add new dimensions to the easel experience!!

7 Christie-Childhood 101 August 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

Love this!

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for stopping by Christie!

9 Amanda Morgan August 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

Brilliant, once again!

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Thank you Amanda:)

11 Nicole M. August 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

I have used dry erase markers on them before… though if there are any scratches on the surface then the marker wont wipe off as easily, but white board cleaner/alcohol works well for after the activity is done.

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I do think the boards will probably get scratched up – glad to know there is another way to clean the boards off!

13 Monkey Toes Montessori (Jodi Pollack) August 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

Very Creative Idea and so simple! Great Pre-writing Activity as well! Local office supply store carries those easels! Will definitely pick a few up for this activity!

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

Yes – you can find them at Staples, Office Depot and other places too!

15 Carrie August 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

Great ideas…. I’ve used the window crayons before and baby wipes work excellent for cleaning it off.

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

After reading your comment – I picked up some extra wipes on clearance at Walmart today – just for this purpose!!

17 Krisitn@SenseofWonder August 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh what an awesome idea! I’m always looking for ways to get that art going vertical! Very nice

18 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Haha – you can turn the easel in lots of directions:)

19 Gracehopper August 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Love, love, love! I’m thinking these would make affordable slant boards for writing and arm strengthening, too! Thanks for the brilliant idea!

20 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

They will make wonderful tools for exploring writing..

21 Pumpkinbear August 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

We LOVE dry erase markers and window crayons around here! My girls draw on the windows, on mirrors, on our dry-erase boards, on their glasses at mealtime…

22 kristen August 21, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hi, Love this idea! I’m just wondering where you got the colorful trays for the kids to work on. I’ve been looking for some but can’t seem to find them.

23 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

I got the Yellow trays from United Arts and Education here in Indianapolis and the other colorful trays from Discount School Supply.

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