Painting With A Kids Easel – Outdoors & Double The Paint Options!


Painting With A Kids Easel – Outdoors & Double The Paint Options!

Today was a day for painting outdoors.

The weather was perfect, so I carried our kids easel out to the backyard, added a new roll of paper, and set out some tempera paint.

I put the paint in our new double-dip divided paint cups that just came in the mail from Discount School Supply. Not sure if other companies make these or not. I haven’t seen them around.

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Materials for Setting Up the Kids Easel

I ordered them to use at the kids easel because Maia kept asking for more than just the four colors that fit in her other paint cups.

Now she often has very specific ideas of what she wants to paint and what colors she wants to use. And she knows how to keep the colors and their brushes separate (although she doesn’t always choose to do so).

*Of course, you can also use regular no-spill paint cups at the easel! They work just fine. 

Painting With A Kids Easel – Double Dip Paint cups

These divided paint cups are great because they allow you to use twice as many colors of paint! The only problem is that the plastic on one of them was cracked. Hopefully this was a one-time issue and they are not prone to cracking. Luckily they came as a set of 5.

[Update: Discount School Supply quickly replaced the set for me. We’ve used these paint cups for years now and really like them]


Maia painted at the easel off and on throughout the day and we hung her paintings to dry on the chain link fence with clothespins.


Here’s something I wasn’t expecting—Maia is apparently still into painting her body! I love the rainbow circle on her belly and the painted fingers!

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Painting With A Kids Easel – Outdoors & Double The Paint Options!


  • Reply
    April 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    That belly painting is terrific! We painted outside this weekend, too, and I just blogged about it! Great minds think alike.

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    April 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    How wonderful! What a great idea…how odd I haven’t thought about pulling the easel outside.
    I adore the belly painting. My daughter has only done the face so far, but perhaps once we venture outdoors the belly will follow! :)

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    sSimply Montessori
    April 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This looks just like what my older daughter would do!!! So cut and creative. I “liked” you on FB, too! :)

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    sSimply Montessori
    April 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Oops, I meant CUTE and creative…..

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    April 26, 2010 at 1:47 am

    What a lovely garden to paint in! Painting on your belly must feel nice because my daughter loves this too.

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    April 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    This post just makes me want to jump inside those pics…the gorgeous garden setting, cool paint cups, bright colors and that fun rainbow belly. Thanks for the inspiration. I think we’ll be dragging our easel outside today.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Yes! Great minds think alike. :) I love the dandelion paintbrushes!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 25, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    We love having our easel outside! Sometimes I wish we had two, one for inside and one for outside…

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    Zoe @ Playing by the book
    April 26, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love the photo with the paintings on the line. Your garden looks so lush and inviting!

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    April 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    We use the chain link fence outside our preschool room as an easel so that we can have lots of kids painting at once. We clip the paper up with clothes pins and the paint is in some special stands one of my former partner’s dad built for us. They are shaped like the letter “H” sitting on its side. The top has holes for those white cans frosting comes in. Anyway, if you have a small table you could sacrifice to the paint cans, Maia could leave the easel inside and use the fence as the outdoor easel.

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    April 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Why did I never think of taking the easel outside?? Love that last photo, especially the fingers.

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    April 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    We painted outside this last Friday for playdate. I taped paper all the way around 3 larges trees and brought out my paint cups from Discount School Supply (single colors). The kids had a great time and it really wasn’t messy at all. We left one painting up. What a colorful tree!

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    The Artful Parent
    April 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Oh! I love that idea, Rachel! Makes me want to have a kiddo birthday party at a park and tape up paper rolls around a bunch of trees. I think that would be awesome!

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    The Artful Parent
    April 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Good idea! I’ll see what I can rig up… Otherwise I’m lugging the easel back and forth.

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    Scented Sweetpeas
    April 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    What a fab idea, loving the last photo :-)

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    April 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Discount School Supply has great customer service! If you call and tell them one arrived cracked they will send a replacement!
    We have two easels and love it! Its so fun!!

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    The Artful Parent
    April 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks! I’ll do that.

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    April 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    so graet!! love that she paints outdoors (we have got to take our easel out there!) and love to see the row of paintings drying on the fence. my fave, by far, is her body art!! go maia! ;)

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