Last Christmas, my dad made Lily an easel. It has a roll of paper on one side and a chalkboard on the other. Both sides have a tray, as shown below. My mom bought her paint cups with lids (that I love and will buy a few more of for other colors) and some paint. She kept pretty busy this year with the chalk board and coloring on the paper roll but today she really wanted to paint. I've let her paint before and so have my parents, so I knew she'd be good to go once I got the supplies ready. I let her use my paint brushes since I have a lot, but I may buy her some of her very own some day. She does a great job with paints and even exclaimed "Blue and yellow make greeeeen!" Ahh, she's already smarter than my students when it comes to color mixing!