Ideas for the


by Jarrod Green, with input from lots of wonderful people •

© 2011 • See below for distribution information


• Chalk (big or small)

• Collage w/ Glue Sticks

• Crayons (big or small)

• Dot Markers (aka Chubby Markers)

• Finger Paints

• Markers

• Pencils (colored or regular)

• Resist Painting - oil pastels + water colors

• Stickers

• Tempera Paint

• Watercolors (liquid or solid)

• Wet Chalk (put in cups with a little water in the bottom)


• Fingers

• Natural Materials

        leaves, flowers, branches, feathers

• Paint Brushes

• Rollers

        cover the trough with tin foil and fill it with paint

• Spray Bottles

• Stylus or Dull Pencils

for “drawing” in thick paint

• Q-Tips

        use tempera in little water-color containers

• Tooth Brushes


• Contact Paper

with collage materials

• Easel Paper

• Construction Paper

• Paper Shapes

        geometric shapes

        funny edges

        long skinny pieces

        cut a hole in the middle

        animal shapes

• Picture Frame

        staple a small piece of paper in the middle of a larger one of a different color


• Dark paper with Light Colors

        works best with oil pastels or chalk

• Paint with the Wrong End of the Brushes

        good for Backwards Day or Wacky Wednesday

• Limited Color Palette

        one or two colors of paint - choose bold colors

        black and white paint on colored paper

• Little Things

        many tiny containers of paint, with little brushes or q-tips

• Bells on Brushes

“Ideas for the Easel” by Jarrod Green is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

That means you can share this and change it as much as you want, as long as you credit me and you don’t try to make money off it. Thanks!