Not long after Claire started standing and walking independently, we decided to get her an artist’s easel. I wish I could say it’s solely because I value her creative development, but it’s also because I really wanted something to distract her for more than 5 minutes from time to time. This thing does the trick!
We had the easel made by a local fundi named Willis. One side is a black board, and the other side is a dry erase board. Willis also installed hooks on one side where we hang flip chart paper (we have to cut about 10 inches off the end of the flip chart, because otherwise it would cover the art supplies below. We save it and use it for scrap paper).
In the base, we included a basket for chalk, two buckets with lids – one for crayons and one for paint brushes – and an ice cube tray to hold paint. Another cool feature? The easel is expandable, and as your child grows taller, you can change the height of the easel!
To say that Claire loves this thing is a massive understatement. She has gotten hours and hours of use out of it over the past couple of years. She prefers painting, but she will also spend ages with crayons, markers, or even just stickers, creating away. We often take it outside for painting, but sometimes I will just lay down a shower curtain on the floor and let her paint in the living room as well. (No painted handprints on the walls – YET.)
Willis is a very professional carpenter. In addition to our easel, we had him make a cool helper’s tower for the kitchen, as well as a couple of stepping stools for hand washing in the bathroom. He worked with us on the design, he created exactly what we had in mind, and does really nice handiwork. The one thing is that he promises to finish things up really fast, but he is really busy… So take his time estimates with a hefty grain of salt… 🙂
If you’d like to contact Willis to make an easel or any other carpentry work, you can reach him at willyfurnishersndesign[at]gmail[dot]com, or by phone at 0722 784 481. Enjoy!