Dry-erase board activities for preschool

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:)


  1. says

    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!!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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?! :)

  7. enoice says

    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.

  8. says

    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