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TEACHER HACK | Painting in Pre-K

Here's the insider scoop on a quick, easy hack that is perfect for small spaces!

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Oh, how my teacher heart loooooves paint! You guys, it is seriously, my absolute favorite!

This year I went to grab the art easel and had an aha moment.

I'm limited on space in my classroom, and had the idea to use the WALL as my art easel. Besides for the paint cups, no extra space needed!

You probably already have the materials for this in your classroom!


  • Contact paper

  • Colored tape

  • Hot glue

  • Clothespins and adhesive strips for them

Put contact paper on the wall or space that you are using. For me, it was the outer wall of an end cabinet. After you cover the space with clear contact paper, add strips of colored tape to the outer edges. This gives students a clear visual of where the easel ends. Leave yourself some wiggle room with the colored tape, so if they go a little over it's still on the contact paper.

When I made my art easel initially, the clips kept snapping off the metal hinge. This was an easy fix!

I hot glued the metal clip right to the wood. Worked like a charm after that!

Put your clothespins on a command strip and stick them to the contact paper (that you adhered to the wall).

One last step! Throw some contact paper on the floor below the easel. Add some paint cups and you're ready to go!

I add shaving cream to my paint to make it a little less drippy. It's a lot easier to mix if you put the shaving cream in first, then the paint on top.

What about you? What are some of your favorite Pre-K hacks? Let me know in the comments below!


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