Today at the easel we had the traditional set up: paint pots and paint brushes. While I was searching through a bin for an entirely different reason, one of my 2's took one of the utensils out and said she wanted to use it in paint. I thought she meant at the paint table, but she meant the easel.
We removed the paint pots and squirted paint directly into the tray.
This caught the eye of other children, who also wanted to paint with different utensils, so I just sat the bin on the floor and let them choose.
They even painted together.
I love these moments when they change what I had planned! Being flexible is important.