A chalk board has got to be the best thing to make for a toddler / preschooler! My 2 year old has been bouncing around with excitement over his new art board for days now! The 4 year old has been drawing train tracks and roads and what I assume is an apple tree. He loves apples.
How to make a chalk board
Gather your supplies:
- A board of some sort to paint on, we have used a HUGE sheet of ply-board.
- Latex paint any color you want. We have used black.
- Some unsanded tile grout
- Mixing containers, smooth sand paper (if needed)
- Paint brush, rubbing cloth, chalk
Dust off your surface and make sure it is nice and smooth. Give it a light sanding if you need to.
Mix up your paint. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container and gradually stir in 2 tablespoons of the unsanded tile grout. Be sure to break up the lumps as you go.
Paint the surface of your board generously, while telling little helpers not to touch. I have a hand print on my wall for these efforts! Good thing the wall is currently under a paint job too!
Once the paint has dried completely, took about 20 minutes for us with the windows open, you will need to prime the surface before drawing on it. Smooth the area with fine grit sandpaper if you need to and wipe off the dust. Next take the side of a chalk and rub the entire board!
Grab a dry cloth and rub it in further to finish the prep off. Little MR couldn’t wait and started drawing in the areas I had just finished. Once the dry rubbing is complete take a damp cloth and wipe down the board. Let it dry. Like 2 mins was my time. Your done! You can now mount the board to the wall or have it as a small board on the table. I did mount the board up on the wall for the day, the kids didn’t like it there. They love lounging on the chalkboard and drawing. So on the floor it is. Kinda like a giant black rug.
Some other uses for chalk board paint and DIY chalk boards:
- Wall Calendar
- Message Center
- Pantry Reminder
- Paint your kitchen pot plant tubs
- Paint the kids’ storage bins, labels or the entire thing