Mini-plexiglass easels for the preschool classroom

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. says

    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. Andie says

    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.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

  3. Nicole M. says

    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.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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

  4. says

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

  5. says

    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…

  6. kristen says

    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.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

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