Dry-erase board activities for preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 16, 2010

in Creative Art, Language Arts, Letter Recognition, Reading and Writing Readiness, Shapes and Colors

A dry erase board and dry erase markers lend themselves to some great guided learning activities as well as the opportunity to color and create…

Gather your materials…

I like these dry erase markers because the eraser is on one end and the marker is at the other end…

This is a dry erase sentence strip…

This is a dry erase pad of paper….

This is a dry erase easel…

These are small dry erase lap-sized boards…

And this is a dry erase board on my wall…

Print, Trace, and Erase!

You can begin by printing a color-word, or a name, letter, number, or a shape on your dry-erase canvas. For older preschoolers, you can invite them to do their own printing.

Now invite a child to participate….

Can you find and erase the letter T?

Try to trace the word Red!

Can you draw a red circle?

Can you erase the orange circle?

How many circles do you see? What colors are they?

Close your eyes and I will erase one... Now tell me, which circle is missing?

Can you find and erase the letter C?

Make sure you place your dry erase boards in a place where children can easily reach them and use them.

Remember that nice, large dry erase board above that I have on my wall?  Well it is actually on a wall up high in my office with the dry erase markers sitting on a shelf below it.  Wy (my toddler-aged nephew) decided to have a go at the dry erase markers and here is what he wrote…

Wy's Toddler Printing

But unfortunately it is not on the dry erase board – this lovely art is on the wall just below it!

Did you know that there are Dry Erase Crayons available now too?

I would love to hear your comments:)

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1 Amy M August 16, 2010 at 6:16 am

I did not know you could buy the dry erase sentence strips. Very cool!

2 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I bought them at a school supply store:)

3 Sherry and Donna August 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

I’ve not seen dry erase markers before … hmmm must look them up!
Donna :) :)

4 Becky O'Reilly August 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

Dry erase boards and markers are a blast. The only problem I ran into was the fact that most of them are permanent. At Walmart, I found washable dry erase markers, from Expo. Do you have any other suggestions? I bought 5 little dry erase boards (meant for lockers) and the kids love them!!

5 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I haven’t tried washable dry erase markers but you do have a valid point – they do stain hands if not careful!

6 Scott August 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

These are great ideas, Deborah. I never thought about “tracing” with the eraser. Good skill-building idea.

One thing that we discovered in my office – dry erase markers work on the large windows – and erase just as easily. I have some drawings and messages on my window right now from one of my young friends.

7 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Great idea to try on large windows. I have not tried this and our school has really large windows!

8 Rachele August 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

I like those markers with the eraser too. Very creative that you’ve used the eraser to “trace” the letters. Lefty’s can’t use the dry-erase markers very well because they erase as they write. I like wet-erase markers for that reason. You’ve come up with some very fun ideas.

9 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I never thought about leftys erasing as they write!

10 Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog August 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

Great ideas, Deborah!! My girls never seem to get tired of their dry erase boards, and I think they are a little more forgiving than paper & pencil.

11 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Thank you for stopping by:)

12 Shar August 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Love the pens. I am not sure we can get those products here so it was good to see them. Hopefully I can get my mum to bring some over when she comes. I use markers a lot in the class – having the little erasers at the end would be fabulous. The crayons look fab too.

13 Deborah J. Stewart August 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

It is always so interesting to me how some products are so easily available in one place and not another. I am always learning something new!

14 Julia December 14, 2010 at 11:22 am

I would love to send you samples of our dry erase products- even more fun to be had. My products are kid friendly and clean up with soap and water- I will also tell you the secrets to dry erase that no one talks about!
Shoot me an address where to send samples to-
Happy Holidays-julia@kleenslate.com

15 Julie August 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. My four year old loves to do dry erase activities when her older brother is using the dry-erase sentence strips to practice writing. I will be trying some of your ideas next time we pull out the dry erase supplies.

16 katherinemarie August 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

FANTASTIC ideas!!!! I just bought a set of dry erase crayons– love em! How would you like to have an unlimted access to a CRAYOLA factory? I’d like to be a tester for all their new products. And have you tried the DRY ERASE PAINT yet?! :)

17 Deborah J. Stewart August 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

I haven’t tried the crayons or the paint! Yes – I would love complete access and I want to be a tester too!!!

18 enoice September 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

I have used both the markers and the crayons. I keep the creations the kids make on the boards and then copy them on a copier in order to document children’s progress and such. I like the crayons because they won’t rub off like markers do when I stack the boards to save their pictures. I have also used the boards as journals. Just give the kids a prompt and away they go. I always write on the board what they dictate to me.

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