In this classroom the children are literally writing on the walls!
The bottom half of the wall is painted in chalk board paint around two whole walls of the classroom.
Each of the children who have decided to write on the walls have a piece of chalk in one hand and an eraser in the other hand. They erase as fast as they draw. It is obvious that erasing is a very important part of their fun.
The children followed each other around the room making long lines then went back and erased the lines. It reminded me of “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” I am going to have to donate the book and some purple chalk just to toss some literacy and color into their play.
And in case you are worried – the children know the difference between the chalk walls and the other walls. They do not transfer this activity to “non-chalk board writing walls”
As the children write, they are constantly talking and pretending. They erase their own and sometimes each other’s work. I was surprised how cooperative the children were with each other in their play. No getting mad, no complaining, just draw – erase – then move on down the wall and do it again!
I am linking to The Play Academy!