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Allowing and encouraging your children to express themselves through art, is an important part of childhood development. They learn creativity, and explore new ways to express themselves. Providing them with an art table or a right easel for their age can inspire them to indulge in an activity that may be a bit unfamiliar at first, but it will expand their cognitive ability, preparing them better for school and later life.
A proper easel or comfortable art table will encourage your child to use art more frequently than if they didn’t have a special area dedicated to it. Through art experimentation, your child can develop his or her creativity. Creativity can come in handy later in life in an artistic capacity, or if your child needs to find creative solutions to problems they are facing. Art can help your child express themselves as they try to figure out who they are and what they are capable of.
Adjustable wooden easels for children are available in many different designs. You can find them in different sizes and configurations. Look around online to see what you have to choose from. You can find wooden easels with two sides, three sides or four sides so more than one child can create art at the same time. Frequently these multiple-sided easels will offer different surfaces your child can work with… one for drawing or painting, one may be a chalkboard, and yet another may be a white board. To be easily accessible for your child, choose an easel that is suited to his or her height. It is uncomfortable for a smaller child to have to reach up, and similarly, it isn’t fun for a taller child to have to bend down to create. Some of these easels may be height adjustable, so you can set it up for a smaller child, and it will grow as they grow.
Art tables and easels also come with attached art centers. If you wish, you can choose one of these versions, which come with many shelves to hold all the art supplies beneath the work surface. These art tables can be set up with modeling clay, paint, markers, crayons, scissors, tape, glue and other age-appropriate supplies. Some art tables are like a bench with an upright end to support your child’s pad of paper. This style is called an art horse. The child can sit straddling the bench while they draw.
Wooden art easels for children have a pleasing appearance, built to last and have life-time warranty. They can be passed down between siblings or to friends or other family members when your child has outgrown it. Tabletop models are also available, which make it easy to take the easel anywhere. They can also be used for a longer period of time, since the child can use it while sitting at a table.
Once you’ve gotten your child’s art table set up, you’ll see his or her creativity at work. They’ll develop better fine and gross motor skills by manipulating the tools of creativity. You’ll find that producing their own art will give them good self-esteem, and it will help them to better understand their world around them. Exposing children to their own creativity will open a whole new world for them.